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Power BI vs Tableau for BI Data Visualization

Power BI vs Tableau for BI Data Visualization
A Business Intelligence (BI) tool is a must for any businesses keen on making data driven decisions. If you are struggling to decide on a BI tool, you will not be short on choices. After all, the market is flooded with self-service BI tools such as Cognos, SAS, Oracle, Microstrategy, IBM, ThoughtSpot, and Qlik to name a few. The latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI tools simplifies the decision by pruning the list of contenders to just two – Tableau and Microsoft’s Power BI. While Microsoft’s Power BI fares better in completeness of vision, Tableau scores slightly on overall ability to execute. The competition is close. Making a decision can still be tricky! Let me help you out by advocating Microsoft Power BI over Tableau. While, yes, Tableau is perceived as the ‘the modern BI market leader’ still a bit ahead of Power BI in overall execution, but in my honest...
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4 tips to help with Agile implementation in the enterprise

4 tips to help with Agile implementation in the enterprise
While the implementation of Agile processes isn’t simple or straightforward for any organization, the success rate decreases with increase in complexities. Understandably, large enterprises are at the far end of this complexity curve. Multiplicity of business units and their teams across locations dealing with numerous products and services using the waterfall approach leads to intense resistance to the transition to Agile. However, that doesn’t imply that Agile isn’t meant for enterprises. It simply means that a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to adopting Agile doesn't exist. The Agile implementation plan must consider the complexities involved. In this post, I’m going to share with you four tips to help you increase your organization’s success with Agile implementation. However, to use those tips, you’ll need to buy-in to the concept of Agile. Here’s why you should.  Your business needs Zen. Agile is Zen. The Agile methodology is intuitively suited for delivering results in today’s rapidly...
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5 Lesser-Known Cross-Platform Mobile Solutions That Don’t Use JavaScript

5 Lesser-Known Cross-Platform Mobile Solutions That Don’t Use JavaScript
Over the past several years a staggering amount of new mobile frameworks have been released. Most frameworks were initially based on the standard JavaScript/HTML/CSS stack to allow for flexibility for leveraging existing web technologies and talent from in-house web developers. Two commonly used frameworks based off of this stack are PhoneGap and Ionic. Recently though, a wide variety of new frameworks involving other languages and stacks have begun cropping up. I previously discussed one example, Xamarin, in another post and wanted to take the time to show off a couple more mobile development options. These options use other languages besides JavaScript to rely on their functionality which can open doors when it comes to finding the right technical stack for your new application. RubyMotion As its name implies, RubyMotion is based on the Ruby programming language. In addition to the benefit of allowing Ruby to be used in your mobile application’s...
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Four Guaranteed Ways to Lower Software Maintenance and Support Costs

Four Guaranteed Ways to Lower Software Maintenance and Support Costs
Why software support costs so much First, the bad news - there’s no way to avoid software support. If your company develops its own software, you need to maintain it. Otherwise you’ll keep encountering bugs and become vulnerable to security flaws. Your organization may fail to comply with government regulations, your business will suffer for want of better features, your customers might feel disappointed on not getting expected enhanced services, and your operations might be thrown out of gear with the introduction of new operating systems! So, yes, software support is a reality if your business maintains any transactional systems. Now, the good news. Software support costs can be minimized. There is no need for software support costs to spiral out of control and impact your bottom line. A bit of planning and forethought can help you lower the cost and keep it that way for the long run. Here are...
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5 challenges that stymie Business Intelligence adoption in the transportation industry

5 challenges that stymie Business Intelligence adoption in the transportation industry
The demand for Business Intelligence (BI) in the transportation industry is palpable. Tackling volatile costs, tighter regulations, and the pressure to chase sustainability, requires transportation companies to leverage data to identify and snap up opportunities for growth. While increasing liberalization and globalization have opened new avenues for expansion for transportation companies, they also need to understand and tackle evolving geo-political regulations and risk due to heightened exposure to factors not under their control. Business Intelligence has proven to be exceptionally useful to tackle such challenges. It helps companies gain clarity about their transportation costs, and hence give them the ability to control it more effectively. BI also helps them identify negative trends and pre-empt them before their impact is felt, while also providing them with the opportunity to explore opportunities through the analysis of alternate scenarios. Naturally, BI for transportation is not a new phenomenon. In case you want to know...
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