Conshohocken, Pennsylvania – January 28,2016. 9DOTS is now offering flexible “in the cloud” access services for their enterprise Business Intelligence solutions via Cloud Nation. Cloud Nation delivers the industry’s leading cloud desktop solutions through Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Windows. Partnering with Cloud Nation means that 9DOTS creates private clouds for their customers within Amazon AWS global platform. By accessing solutions from a cloud-based service instead of purchasing software and installing it on-site, an organization gets comparable business benefits but with faster implementation and lower initial costs.

“With solutions accessed via the cloud, IT departments avoid a great many parts: installation and implementation, client/server maintenance, 3rd party software troubleshooting, and the time required to understand a whole new infrastructure” states Ric Ravier, Senior Consultant at 9DOTS. “By leaving the driving to us, organizations can save their capital expenditures and instead focus on improving their day-to-day operations.”

“Partnership between 9DOTS & Cloud Nation provides an innovative approach for organizations to collect and understand their data through BI analytics.  The power and scalability of Cloud Nation’s infrastructure and the ingenuity of 9DOTS design and process creates accessibility for any company trying to harness the power of BIG DATA!”says Rocco Corage, VP of Operations.

9DOTS’ cloud-based access services offer full access to the latest versions of the 9DOTS proCube BI solution. Initial costs for solutions accessed from the cloud are significantly lower compared to a purchased, on-premise deployment. As a business grows, proCube BI solutions handle more data, more users, more solutions, and more functionality to expand as the organization requires.

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AAEAAQAAAAAAAAZ-AAAAJGFmYmM1YTlhLTc3YmYtNGVlOS05ZGIwLTJmMTJjYWIzODI1NwThe business demand for intelligent answers to tough questions continues to expand at an exponential pace. Executives talk about bigger data and deeper analytics. The demand from all levels has produced real analytic efforts driven by real information needs. However, executives must ask themselves if they are driving business intelligence to get all they can for their personal, as well as organizational, objectives.

There is more to driving than standing on the corner giving directions.  You don’t lead by sitting in the back seat and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case. Being a driver of information means sitting in the driver’s seat and giving it a spin.

Here are some questions executives can ask themselves about their use of information.

  1. How often do I use my organization’s BI and analytics to inform my decisions?
  2. How often do I demand new information or analysis to address a new problem or business question I am facing?
  3. How well do I understand the data that I am seeing?
  4. How well is the data that I see represented?
  5. Can I trust the data I am seeing?

If the answers are “infrequently”, “poor”, “low”, etc., there are activities you can do to drive BI and analytics towards an executive focus – and to the betterment of the company.  Here are three activities you can do to be testing the waters of BI harder yourself and finding ways to embrace BI as a business strategy.

  1. Communicate your needs.
    Analysts and information professionals gain great satisfaction in knowing that their work is contributing to the greater good and profitability of their companies. They like to know that the reports and analysis they produce are being utilized to make important decisions and create better outcomes. If they know the analysis they are working on is going to straight to the top to help make a critical executive decision, they will do backflips to serve that need.You may also personally experience the shortcomings in that process and be able to influence direction better.
  2. Command explanations.
    Part of the critical path to BI success is the business user understanding what the numbers mean. If you do not understand to a meaningful extent the analysis you are seeing and how it impacts what the business is doing, then it might as well be Greek to you.In one organization, there was a very effective and well-respected leader. He never finished high school. However in Board meetings when the Finance department would come in and drop a ream of paper on the table full of data, he was the smartest person in the room.  How? He was passionately curious about that data.  He poured over it.  He asked questions.  He wanted to know what he was seeing.The point is he understood the data at a deep level, and he leveraged that understanding to make great decisions.

    Be curious about the analysis you see. Ask questions about the reports on your desk. Get explanations to understand how the data come together.

  3. Commandeer focus
    As a leader in your organization, you drive the business.  Leverage this authority to focus some BI efforts directly towards your specific needs. Your business units and line-managers are all demanding custom reports and analysis, so why can’t you? If there is a specific question you are trying to answer or a situation you are trying to understand, ask for analysis on it.By asking directly, you will understand what you are seeing better and how to connect the data with the decision that needs to be made. Also by setting that tone at the top, you will inspire other leaders and managers to make smarter, data-driven decisions as well, something proven to drive business to new heights.“Show me the numbers” is how to get the most of your company’s BI efforts and should influence or drive decision-making for executives.


This article was originally posted by John Florio to LinkedIn: Just Show Me The Numbers

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EPM and the need for tools that provide ease of access to reports and data have remarkably transformed in the last ten years. Today, the business world is shifting to one integrated platform ev
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64c56e84-1627-482c-a8e6-e85c53c61a43We keep saying “Happy New Year!” but you just ended the 2015 budgeting season with a whole lot of stress, overtime, and exhaustion. Personally, your New Year just doesn’t seem so happy. You can’t possibly think of a way for the 2016 budgeting season to be any easier. If anything, now there will be MORE data, more growth, more numbers to crunch. You aren’t alone. In all of our years experience, we haven’t found anyone who really enjoys taking part in the budgeting process. That is, until they discovered a budgeting and forecasting solution that takes their processes down to just hours, instead of days, weeks or months.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”

Budgeting for the year is one of the most tedious, and potentially risky, tasks we do to keep our businesses competitive and running smoothly. Everyone knows Excel; Excel spreadsheets have been popular for decades, and still are, but they can be a nightmare with any healthy-sized company. It can get complicated to consolidate multiple spreadsheets, share documents with different people, and handle numbers manually while still making sure all data is accurate and trusted.

Many companies even have to begin the budgeting process way before the year’s end which makes it nearly impossible to accurately prepare for changing market conditions. It results in more risk when estimating the budget, possible error and more importantly, misappropriated time. Extra time spent on the budgeting process is time that can be invested in improving other aspects of your company. Budgeting and forecasting software accelerates and enhances the way you use excel spreadsheets.

When you implement a budgeting and forecasting solution you empower your employees to provide more value to the business with insightful analysis. Eliminate personal fatigue and bring more control to what is often a chaotic process. Sharpen your axe with a set of tools built right into Excel, flexibility to match the process to your business, and high user adoption.

Why exhaust yourself spending six hours chopping down a tree, when you really only have to spend two?

Smart Data Collective mentioned a statistic in a recent December article about the importance of using Big Data, even if you are a small business. “It’s estimated that the world will have generated about 5,200 gigabytes of data per human being in earth. It’s practically impossible to comprehend the amount of data produced every single day” versus how little data is actually used. yourstory_BigData

No matter the size of your organization, there is an overwhelming amount of data and it is crucial for you to make it useful. I know that this task seems daunting, which in turn makes it one that is easy to put on the back burner given that many small businesses just don’t have enough people to analyze such data along in addition to their every day tasks. BUT that is why there are Business Intelligence systems in place today.

“As a small business with limited IT resources, it is an excellent idea to simply prepare your business to collect, store, analyze and utilize the data in an effective manner, in order to improve the customer experience and/or profitability of your business.” In fact, this kind of software could especially enhance a small or medium sized business because this type of problem solving and analytics fuels growth. One a small business identifies the most important information for the growth of their organization, they will have access to much more information than they could have imagined. Most importantly, they will be able to use that information to grow their business AND gain competitive advantage.

These applications are now becoming much more advanced and user-friendly. Don’t let the fear of a challenges scare you away from making a decision that can grow your business in the future.