Here’s a quick memory challenge: think of the last bar chart from a presentation that you remember. Now compare that to a map of the United States that details the results of the 2016 presidential election. Obviously, you likely had a more personal investment in the election, but do you think the image would have stuck in your head had it been displayed as a drab 50-state bar chart? The same principle can be applied to the visualizations from your spreadsheet, your big data analysis, and your business intelligence stats.
Security is at the forefront of news, and although companies are making an effort to simplify the typically intense technical and legal fine print of something like the Terms and Conditions, something like cloud security certifications are still fairly hard to follow and are loaded with heavily technical terms. (more…)
If you can’t enough of the “analysis of information to improve and optimize decisions by using applications, infrastructure, tools, and best practices”, then you probably work in the field of business intelligence! If you don’t, then you probably should switch career fields because the description above is what Gartner defines as business intelligence.
The site that stores your personal and professional files, was hacked. Your PSN account, was hacked. The place you go to find an affair, was hacked. And despite the latest patches and updates, your iPhone and Android are both, hopelessly vulnerable to being hacked. You know none of your accounts are safe, you’ve seen all the hack headlines, and that scares you. Or maybe you don’t see the glass as half empty, but rather see it as half ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . You read about hacks every day: nothing is safe and there’s no point worrying or paying much attention to them. But there is a third option for business owners: be pragmatic, stay informed, and take everything a step at a time.
Patching your software is kinda like going to the dentist: you’ll probably be fine if you put it off for a bit, but the longer you wait, the greater the risk that your grin will solely consist of gums. In case you aren’t familiar with it, a patch is an update to a piece of software. These updates often include fixes that might improve the user experience, lead to a new feature or two, squash bugs, or, more importantly, address security flaws. This is only magnified when it concerns your business.
Ahhh Project Management, the 100+ year old (no, really!) technique of getting stuff done. But as techniques and technology continue to evolve, we figured it’d be a great time to catch up with project management (PM) experts and ask them to look into their crystal ball and predict what trends they see coming in 2016. (more…)
Whether you’re new to project management or you like to wax philosophical on the differences between Six Sigma and DMAIC, there are lots of great resources. Aside from books and classes, another great way to get some PM insight is via Twitter. A tweet might not be as in-depth or illuminating as proper training or work experience, but those bite-sized bits of wisdom can prove a great way to supplement your PM skills.
Welcome to 2016! Now that the holiday hangover is past us and we’ve had time to reflect on the last year in business, here are three lessons that we’ve learned from 2015 that you can apply to your business in 2016. (more…)
Keeping track of your inventory is crucial to having a business run at maximum efficiency. Luckily, as we move further into the future, the heavy lifting for inventory management is going to be done by software, or more specifically, algorithms. Although that might sound a bit techy, you’re going to be acquainted with algorithms sooner than you think. (more…)
The last month of summer vacation was full of excitement and we’re here to let you know what you missed.