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How do you know if your company is ready for business intelligence?

Companies in virtually any industry can benefit from business intelligence, whether they want to improve their marketing strategies, enhance overall operations or monitor production activity. There is some preparatory work that will need to be done before a firm can start effectively collecting and analyzing data with business intelligence tools.

Analyze your business’s BI readiness 
Smart Data Collective recently surveyed more than 60 chief information officers from U.S.-based small and medium-sized businesses to find out how various companies were using business intelligence. The researchers asked about each company’s current BI platform and usage and calculated their scores on a scale of 0-100, then categorized responses into five categories from lowest to highest levels of BI maturity.

The results showed that 77 percent of respondents were still in the preliminary stages (nascent and low) of BI development. Nascent companies have either made plans to invest in a BI solution or were just beginning to establish methods of collecting big data. For those that fell into the low category, basic data analytics were readily available, but typically only for a select number of departments within a company.

Determine how you could put BI to use
The survey also revealed that one-third of businesses using BI do so to examine data from the past. While examining the details of sales from the previous quarter can provide insight into how well the business did, companies can also monitor real-time data to get more up-to-date information. Panorama’s latest BI software offering, Necto 14, can easily pull the latest information from a database. The ability to see and analyze data in real-time makes it easier for companies to implement changes when strategies may not measure up to expectations.

Make BI available to everyone
Data analysis can have many uses that span across a company’s operations, so it would make sense to use a BI solution that every department can put to use. Logi Analytics reported that since some employees may not be at all familiar with BI tools, such as dashboards and reporting, companies should select software that is accessible to any user regardless of their familiarity with business intelligence. Working with raw data can be overwhelming for people unfamiliar with IT and data analysis. Necto 14 makes it easy for any employee to determine which information they need, and helps them analyze and organize the information into data visualisation through the use of clear, concise infographics.

Panorama Necto Garners SQL Server Pro Magazine’s Prestigious Award

Toronto, ON (January 8, 2013) – Panorama Software, a global leader in proactive Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, has announced that its Necto for SQL Server 2012 was recognized by SQL Server Magazine with a Silver “2012 Editors’ Best Award” in the Best BI and Reporting Product category.

For 18 years, Panorama Software has been top ranked for OLAP Analysis. With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft introduced the Business Intelligence Semantic Model, bringing in-memory computing to the next level. The recent release of Panorama Necto integrates, extends and enhances the Microsoft platform with Business Intelligence 3.0, enabling users to analyse and visualize data in a unified, self-service environment. Necto’s unique context-aware BI engine automatically suggests relevant insights, offers multiple cause-and-effect scenarios and recommends relevant colleagues to collaborate with right within the BI system in order to make better informed decision.

SQL Server Magazine‘s annual Editors’ Best and Community Choice award programs offer a unique way to recognize the hottest products among the past year’s offerings,” said Jason Bovberg, senior editor at Penton Media, the publisher of SQL Server Magazine. “Choosing favorites from such a competitive field can be a challenge, especially in the midst of a financially unstable market, but this year’s winners show an uncommon breadth of functionality and originality.”

Eynav Azarya, CEO of Panorama, said he was gratified that the company had been awarded such a prestigious accolade by the top magazine for BI professionals, noting that the achievement was a positive reflection upon Panorama’s commitment to innovation and enhancement in the face of ever-changing market demands.

About SQL Server Magazine

SQL Server Magazine is the definitive voice of the SQL Server database development community and published for anyone who builds, supports or integrates world-class SQL database applications. Available in electronic or print format, the magazine covers issues that matter to SQL Server database administrators and architects, BI professionals, and SQL Server developers. Online resources include white papers, guides, podcasts, webinars, articles, FAQs, buyersguides, and an extensive knowledge base in SQL today.

Company: Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland

Needs and Requirements:

One of the tasks of the Ministry is to support activities related to sport and tourism through the provision of financial grants. The grant may cover different areas of the office, such as creation of sports stadiums and sports halls, organizing sporting events, etc. Grantsare provided through various funding programs and are carried out by the relevant departments of the Ministry.

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Company: Jelly Belly Candy Company

Company Profile

Founded in  1869, Jelly Belly Candy Company is a manufacturer of jelly beans and other  confections. Jelly Belly produces the leading gourmet jelly beans in the world  as well as other treats such as candy corn and Gummi Bears. Jelly Belly  products are sold in 35 countries around the world and in 2003, the company  reported annual sales of more than $140m US.

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Company: Geocartography Knowledge Group

Geocartography changes the rules of the game in the world of organizational business intelligence, thanks to the development of an innovative BI solution on Panorama platforms

Company Overview

Geocartography Knowledge Group, one of the leading research institutions in Israel, has been offering scientific and professional expertise in the following range of divisions and Continue reading

Industry: Media – Music

Business Challenge: Inadequate  Sales Tracking

Based in London, this company is the world’s  largest independent music company, operating directly in 50 countries. Around  the world the company supports a roster of current pop, classical and jazz  stars plus a back catalog of 150,000 recordings. Continue reading

Company: Macmillan Distribution

Company Overview

Macmillan Distribution (MDL) provides a distribution service for the  Macmillan Publishing Group as well as distribution services to more than 40  third-party publishers. MDL employs 300+ staff, and its title file contains  more than 100,000 titles. MDL offers warehousing of more than 400,000 square  feet that ensures the smooth operation of receiving, storing and distributing  an extensive range of books.

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Company: Lavie TimeTECH

Company Overview

Founded in 1983, Lavie TimeTECH is one of the  world’s leading suppliers of Workforce Management Systems. With more than 8,200  installations worldwide, almost four million employees use Lavie TimeTECH  solutions to manage their time. Using Lavie TimeTECH’s advanced systems,  employers are able to standardize all manpower operations while significantly  increasing efficiency and responsiveness.

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Company: Cox Ohio Publishing

Background:

Cox Ohio Publishing is a group of nine newspapers, including The Dayton Daily News.

Challenge: Declining Circulation

The Dayton Daily News had a circulation of 200,000 and was experiencing declines for the past decade. Declining circulation required new data, CRM technology and innovative marketing initiatives to reverse the losses. Continue reading