Time to Stop the Spreadsheet Madness

November 10, 2017 - by:
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Having the ability to access and manipulate all of a business’s data (ideally in real time) to support operational and management activities is very often at the top of a company’s IT wish list. The reasons for this aren’t hard to fathom: being able to pull up accurate customer account information improves customer service; viewing purchase history, current inventory, and sales activity enables more effective account management and upsell; being able to look across multiple sites from different billing and customer relationship management systems to get a clear, consolidated view of the business, enabling faster, more accurate decisions. For these, and so many more valuable scenarios, having an integrated data and application environment is a sought-after state. Makes sense, right?

What happens between the “great idea” to make your data work for you and the reality of an integrated data environment? Life happens. Project backlogs happen. Resources can’t be found….

It’s no secret that the corporate world is rapidly moving toward being digitally driven as a key priority. There are thousands of articles and blog posts each day that post…

We meet with a lot of small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) and talk with them about how they are trying to use their data. We also learn from them a great deal about their data integration issues. Very often we find they are struggling to find a way to integrate data from across their company, quickly and cost effectively, into a single database for easy access and use.

Why the difficulty? Over time, their software environments have become more complex as they operate more applications and move to configurations that include a greater proportion of cloud-based software. This…

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It’s Time for Small/Medium Businesses to Get Past Fears on Data Integration

I’ve worked in and with many small and medium-sized companies over the years, and even in high tech businesses the supporting software systems were most often a dog’s breakfast of…

We all know companies are facing growing rivers, lakes and oceans of data as the sheer number of applications they operate (both in-cloud and on-premise) proliferate and the volumes of data flooding through their businesses grows unabated. As Keith Block, COO of SalesForce.com points out “90% of the world’s data was collected in the last few years”.

As you can imagine this is often overwhelming IT departments.  They are under pressure from their businesses to make all this data flow smoothly between systems and be accessible for…

More than ever this is a question business executives and their IT counterparts are pondering.

By Alan Gold  @alanegold More than ever this is a question business executives and their IT counterparts are pondering. Why? Because making good business decisions, running an efficient operation, and…

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