Business Intelligence

We provide solutions to analyze and show the data you need to make decisions. Our team is proficient in the popular reporting platforms SQL Server Reporting Services and Business Objects. Additionally, we are capable of showing your data in the format that makes sense for your business: from an Excel Spreadsheet to real-time updates on your mobile device.

Service Offerings

Reporting

Our offerings range in providing the ability to retrive, view, and filter data. For those who need simple solutions we can export existing data into spreadsheets for your power users to filter as needed. For more complex scenarios and enterprises, our team is proficient in SQL Server Reporting Services, Power Pivot, Power View, and Business Objects (formerly Crystal Reports). We also build solutions tailored to businesses: dashboards, real-time updates, mobile device reporting, automated emails, etc.

Data Integration

In most cases, business data is stored in silos across disparate systems. The ability to combine data from various sources and expose the data in consumable format is not a trivial task. Our team offers end-to-end capabilities for extracting, tranforming, and loading cross system data. In addition to centralizing data, we implement service oriented architectures using modern service bus and RESTful solutions to enable your organization to easily publish and consume information.

Analytics

Understanding what data means and finding answers within the data is not always straight forward or something a business has resources for. This gets even harder when the questions are complex, the data is immense, and the information is not homogeneous. We work with tools and scripting languanges that allow us to analyze big data and provide detailed analytics that enable your business to make intelligent decisions.

Introducing Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is the recently announced label of Microsoft's new business intelligence solutions strategy. Power Pivot, a powerful data modeling and visualization engine built into Excel, was introduced in 2010 and showed life of something to come from Microsoft which had been quiet in the data analytics space since the last upgrade to SQL Server Analysis Engine in 2005. Since the 2010 release of Power Pivot, Microsoft has had several work streams in upgrading their data visualizations and analytics solutions. With the announcement of Power BI, the following will compromise the new Microsoft business intelligence stack: Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query, and Power Maps. In its simplest terms of use, users can take advantage of Power BI using Excel and share their data modeling/visualizations via SharePoint or native mobile device applications. Office 365 is being pushed as the core to publishing and subscribing to data using Power BI. This is the link to the official Power BI announcement.

Quest for Continous Monitoring

Businesses strive for systems that allow upper management to focus on company vision and direction without having to be involved with the details of execution. A primary tool for achieving this is the ability to efficiently capture, present, and consume data. Ultimately, the business will need to be able to continously monitoring critical information in order to achieve this system. The following is a maturity model to see where you are in the quest of continous monitoring:

Stage 1. Identify and Capture Data. Understand the data you have and what data needs be captured that are critical to success and growth of your business. Put systems in place to standardize and centralize this data.

Stage 2. Build Reporting Infrastructure. Create reports needed for key processes and decisions based on the data collected. Effective reports should do the following: improve decision making, improve business agility, decrease risk, and increase control.

Stage 3. Analyze Data and Trends. With a mature reporting infrastructure, the focus is understanding trends and key indicators from the reports. A good indicator is a quantitive value or range that has direct correlation with one or more business events.

Stage 4. Continously Monitoring. With an understanding of indicators and the events they trigger, systems are put in place to automatically monitor these indicators and notify applicable parties when thresholds are crossed. Notifications can be directed towards a person or system to respond.