Make Your CRM Work for You:  Maximize Your Investment by Integrating Actionable Customer Insights

Make Your CRM Work for You: Maximize Your Investment by Integrating Actionable Customer Insights

Many organizations today look to CRM as a starting point to improve their customer experience. The first step in a successful CRM implementation is to collect and display historical transactional customer data to help gain visibility into your customer base to reactively engage with customers. However, most CRM implementations stop after this first crucial step.…

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Leverage open-source GIS to enhance geographic visualization in Tableau

Leverage open-source GIS to enhance geographic visualization in Tableau

Among the many reasons Tableau has remained a leader within Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms is that it continues to empower analysts without expert knowledge of reporting tools to create a wide variety of meaningful and clear data visualizations. Tableau’s mapping capabilities in particular are a prime example of how a potentially complicated...

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Open-Source Data Visualization Tools versus Traditional Data Visualization Tools

Open-Source Data Visualization Tools versus Traditional Data Visualization Tools

Industry-leading modern BI data visualization tools such as Tableau, Qlikview, and Microsoft’s Power BI offer an excellent platform for businesses to visualize their data, but in terms of functionality, licensing costs, and overall fit, sometimes open-source solutions can meet the business needs more closely. Open-source data visualization solutions are typically based upon the JavaScript...

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Three Common Errors in Predictive Analytics and How to Solve Them

Three Common Errors in Predictive Analytics and How to Solve Them

Using statistical and predictive techniques on datasets can generate key insights that businesses may otherwise never realize. The power of such techniques has been a feature of modern analytics that many large companies have been investing in. Still, with all of this energy, talent, and capital flowing into predictive analytics, there have been some growing pains associated with it.…

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 2: Investing in the Already Mature Multidimensional Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This is the second installment in a blog series that will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the...

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The Cloud in Your Server Room

The Cloud in Your Server Room

If you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft’s Azure Stack was made available in preview-mode early February. I know what you might be thinking – “Another piece of cloud technology? I don’t have time to keep up with all this cloud stuff.” There is one major difference here: Azure Stack allows organizations to implement cloud architecture in-house, plugged right into their existing infrastructure.…

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5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

5 Keys to Success for Modern Data-Driven Organizations

This February, Gartner announced a somewhat unexpected change in categorization language in their 2016 BI (Business Intelligence) & Analytics Magic Quadrant by introducing the concept of “Modern BI Platforms.” This shift sent ripples through the BI platforms space as vendor positioning shuffled, leaving Microsoft, Tableau, and Qlikview as leaders when the dust settled.…

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New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

New in SQL Server 2016 – Part 1: A Much Needed Facelift for the Tabular Model

I recently attended Microsoft’s quarterly Minnesota BI User Group Meeting, and I particularly enjoyed learning from Will Weber (a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft) about their upcoming release of SQL Server 2016. This blog series will summarize the various additions and enhancements that Microsoft is introducing to their BI stack from the perspective of a BI developer.…

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Benefits of Corporate Higher Education Collaboration

Benefits of Corporate Higher Education Collaboration

Company capstone project sponsorship often brings many benefits not only for students and schools, but for the sponsor company as well.  Last year, West Monroe Partners partnered with Indiana University’s MSIS program to take on one such capstone project. The project involved developing a predictive model to track and monitor the estimated stress levels across the firm at a consultant, client...

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Refining Your SQL Wizardry

Refining Your SQL Wizardry

Consulting in data analytics is a demanding profession that requires both broad and deep technical knowledge in a variety of tools and technologies. One key skillset expected of just about any analytics consultant is the ability to retrieve data from a source system and manipulate it to fit the client’s needs.…

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Leveraging Open Source Technology to Deliver eBooks in Rwanda

Earlier this year I was privileged to work with the ‘Library For All‘ non-profit team out of New York to deliver a secure reader application to families all across Rwanda. I have built Learning Management Systems (LMS) for institutions around the world over the course of my career, but this particular project gave me a deeper appreciation for the reach you can achieve with mobile...

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What is geospatial data—and why should businesses care about it?

Geospatial data is all around us. Weather reports, suggested routes on Google Maps, geotagged tweets, store locations, and airline routes are an integral part of our daily lives and can be considered geospatial data. Geospatial data is also highly influential in today’s business market, and businesses that incorporate geospatial data into their analysis, reporting, and forecasting have the...

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