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Research, articles, and tips on CRM, Business Intelligence, ERP, supply chain management, and other enterprise applications.

Can Cloud Apps Make Employees Happy?

December 19, 2014

The more cloud apps employees use at work, the happier they report being with their jobs, according to a new survey.

Forget Big Data; Focus on Relevant Data

December 17, 2014

While many organizations focus on Big Data, relevant data is what really matters for marketing efforts.

Wearable Tech Comes on Strong in Enterprise

December 12, 2014

Wearable technology is catching on more quickly in the enterprise than with consumers, largely because of the compelling business use cases.

The Down Low on Data Lakes

December 9, 2014

While data lakes can help democratize data, many experts feel they are not yet ready for prime time.

Can This Project Be Saved? Yes, with Data First Approach

December 5, 2014

A Data First approach can help organizations avoid problems common in business intelligence projects.

Business Intelligence Getting More Pervasive: BARC

December 4, 2014

New research from BARC shows that 55 percent of business intelligence users say they engage in self-service business intelligence tasks.

5 Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

December 1, 2014

Open source business intelligence tools are beginning to gain traction in the enterprise.

3 Strategies to Prepare Data for Analytics

November 26, 2014

Do not make the mistake of focusing too much on analytics without building an information management foundation to get it right.

Office 365: Is It Right for the Enterprise?

November 24, 2014

Microsoft offers both small business and enterprise customers customized versions of Office 365 to meet most any need.

Elasticsearch Uses Power of Community for Open Source Analytics [VIDEO]

November 21, 2014

How has the ELK stack emerged to become a leading open source data analysis platform?

Loyalty Program Leaders Leverage Data Analytics

November 20, 2014

A reliance on data analytics informs the best practices of loyalty program leaders, shows research from the International Institute for Analytics.

How IoT Will Change Big Data Analytics

November 17, 2014

The Internet of Things promises to change industries such as insurance and public utilities. To enjoy the benefits, companies must change how they store and analyze Big Data.

Generic vs. Custom Field Service Apps

November 14, 2014

Some circumstances call for generic business applications, while others require built-to-purpose apps. How do you determine the best approach?

Consumers Love Mobile Marketing, Location-based Services

November 11, 2014

Mobile marketing, particularly location-based mobile marketing, provides big opportunities for businesses and benefits for consumers.

10 Open Source ERP Options

November 10, 2014

While the ERP market is dominated by software giants like SAP and Oracle, there are plenty of open source ERP options.

9 Tips for Building Terrific Mobile Retail Apps

November 5, 2014

Creating mobile retail apps that engage consumers and increase sales can be tricky. From creating a strategy to getting the right features, these tips can help.

IoT Driving New Business Models

November 4, 2014

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic concept. IoT is already driving new business solutions, as seen in three examples from the Connected Cloud Summit.

Microsoft Cloud Apps vs. Best of Breed

November 3, 2014

Microsoft offers cloud-based apps for business intelligence, CRM and ERP. You'll want to evaluate the "best-of-breed" approach to going with a single vendor like Microsoft for everything.

Self-service BI Initiatives Fall Short

October 30, 2014

Why do so few business people use self-service business intelligence? A lack of training is one problem.

Analytics Playing Greater Role in ERP

October 28, 2014

More ERP vendors are including analytics as a standard feature so companies are less inclined to use third-party business intelligence tools.