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6 Big Problems With Self-Service BI Tools

On the surface, it sounds like a win-win: Self-service Business Intelligence (BI) tools allow the people inside your company to do all the footwork when it comes to data mining, interpretation, and application. These self-service software platforms promise to take a complex technology, streamline it, and empower end-users so you don’t have to put any […]

Working Business Intelligence into Your Bottom Line

Before you make any financial decision that could impact your business, you take time to consider as much pertinent information as possible, from current income and expenditures to expected market changes. But to really get the full picture and make the most spend-savvy decisions, you need a lot of data. You need Business Intelligence (BI). […]

A Fresh Take on Data Security

It’s no secret that, when compiled and used correctly, Big Data analytics can make a huge difference in an organization’s business strategies and financial outlook. However, many people are unaware that a closer look into the same data cache may also hold a new way to approach security. Problems with traditional security approaches Cyber-security has […]

The Secret to Closing the Skills Gap

Between secondary education, technical courses, and on-the-job training, there is a lot of money being poured into equipping people for the workforce. In fact, according to a Business Roundtable Vision and Action plan published in December 2014, Closing America’s Skills Gap, 2012 saw businesses spending $164.2 billion on employee training, a number that went up […]

4 Signs That Your Financial Operations May Be Out of Sync

Finance: It sustains your business and fuels its growth. So it’s imperative that your business’s financial operations function smoothly and efficiently. An out-of-sync finance function can have a range of effects on your business’s performance — from constricting cash flow so that you cannot pay bills on time or make payroll, to more subtle effects […]

Data Security: Time for Reality Check?

Risk is an uncomfortable area of life, particularly in business. But your business’s survival depends on your managing those risks, including data security risks such as data breaches. Data security has become a critical part of risk management. In fact, security and IT risk management are top business priorities in 2015 for nearly half of […]

7 Ways to Guard Your Business Finances Against Cybercrime

Cybercriminals are out to steal your money — and to do that, they’ve put a bead on your company’s sensitive data. But too many companies are not doing all they could to safeguard the data that will give cyberthieves access to their financial systems and accounts. You might assume your bank bears some responsibility for […]

How to Improve Your Employees’ Critical Skills

U.S. employers are finally hiring again as unemployment rates return to near-normal levels. But a dark cloud dims the sunny employment outlook: the dire shortage of basic skills in the U.S. workforce. In its paper, “Closing America’s Skills Gap,” Business Roundtable reports three main factors contributing to the skills shortage: Job candidates lack basic math […]

Do Your Finances Belong in the Cloud?

Not too long ago, you’d have had trouble finding a business owner willing to entrust his or her company’s financial information to a cloud-based ERP system. But today, a sizable group of small to midsized businesses (SMBs) have transitioned their financial systems into the cloud. Robert Half Management Resources reports that 11% of businesses that […]

How Good Is Your CRM’s Data?

An application is only as good as the data entered in it — “garbage in, garbage out,” as the saying goes. In the case of today’s CRMs, such as Salesforce or Oracle CRM, the quality of data you’re getting out of these systems may be a good deal less than perfect. For all CRMs’ usefulness, […]