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Four Reasons to Deploy Microsoft Power BI in Your Enterprise

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Date : March 1, 2017

You may recall a recent blog where we talked about the importance of integrating a business intelligence (BI) strategy as part of your enterprise’s recipe for success. Software that can help turn analytics and data into dollars and cents is one of the best ways to make quick work of this task; certainly, there is no shortage of offerings that promise to help your enterprise excel at Intel.

Forbes recently reiterated the importance of a BI strategy, noting that enterprises in command of their BI fate are five times more likely to make quicker business-critical decisions.

All of the biggest names in business software – Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, to name a few – have excellent BI tools. For an exhaustive list of one expert’s top 50, click here.

However, we at Netwoven believe that the winner – and still champion – of the BI marketplace is Microsoft. Its Power BI suite – with its killer integration into all things Microsoft – adds a twist of familiarity and a dose of simplicity to its runaway success.

Let’s explore why we think Microsoft Power BI is the best and only choice for your Office 365-power enterprise:

  1. Easily leverage other data sources: We like to think of Microsoft Power BI as a watchful hawk, sitting atop your Office 365 tools and waiting to collect all of your data – like that found in Excel spreadsheets, web analytics, databases and CRM systems. Without the involvement of third-party APIs, this all happens with seamless simplicity.
  1. Shareable dashboards bring together multiple views and data: Don’t mistake Microsoft Power BI as yet another faceless piece of software. It is endlessly customizable, through the configuration of personalized dashboards that you (or we here at Netwoven, on your behalf) can design to suit your interests, and those of your teams. Then, share the dashboards across your enterprise, so each group and team member can drill deeper into the data most relevant to their role in the decision-making process.
  1. Familiarity with the Microsoft Suite of products: Did we mention the reassurance that comes with deploying a product that looks, feels and functions like your other Microsoft tools? This synergy means that you’ll be able to deploy – and to start reaping the benefits – of your Microsoft Power BI tool-set quicker, with much less of a learning curve.
  1. Enterprise-level data is yours for free or at a very low monthly cost: Adding Microsoft Power BI to our Office 365 package is, you will find, a very reasonable affair – a small incremental up-charge or maybe even free, depending upon your level of service.

Ready to power your enterprise with Microsoft Power BI? Reach out here.

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in CRM

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Date : October 19, 2016

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve purchased a new product but realise when we open it, it’s either the wrong size, broken, or not what we wanted. Our first instinct is to call customer service. The wait time to get in touch with a representative is one hour. While most of us wait patiently, some of us may send out a tweet to the company. The company replies asking what the problem is without knowing that you’ve already been waiting on the phone for a representative. As your mid-typing your issue, someone picks up. Continue Reading…

Governance in the Cloud: Four Policies to Insist Upon in Securing Your Enterprise

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Date : May 18, 2016

Like a boat without a rudder, or an elevator without buttons, business practices – without guidelines – can also be a very direction less exercise. Though many people enjoy circling aimlessly, or relish the feelings of repeated ups and downs, most corporate entities insist on structure, clarity, and direction in ensuring uniformity across its departments, and among its associates. Continue Reading…

Notes from Microsoft Convergence 2015

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Date : March 23, 2015

I just returned from Convergence and while it was fresh in my mind, I decided to write a blog post on the event.  For some of you, who may not know Convergence, it is the Microsoft annual event for its business products – Dynamics CRM, GP, AX, NAV and SL.  My focus in the event was primarily on Dynamics CRM, Dynamics Service and parature, Dynamics Marketing, and Power BI.

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Microsoft and Salesforce – Part 4

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Date : December 10, 2014

Linking a site collection or site in Office 365 SharePoint to an opportunity in Salesforce Sales Cloud

Overview

Salesforce and other CRM systems are great systems for managing data related to sales pipeline. However, they fall short when collaboration needs to occur between various parts of the organization. Often, only sales people have access to Salesforce or other CRM systems but broader group has to work on a lead or opportunity.

We get asked by clients often about how best to improve collaboration without adding additional licensing costs.

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Microsoft and Salesforce – Part 3

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Date : October 20, 2014

Dreamforce 2014 Announcement – Analytics Cloud from Salesforce.com

I continue my series on Microsoft and Salesforce Collaboration. In this article, I will be discussing about a latest analytical offering from Salesforce. If you would like to read my previous posts on the Microsoft and Salesforce collaboration, you can go to the following links:

What is Analytics Cloud and Wave?

Analytics cloud is the latest offering from Salesforce announced last week as their analytical platform. It is based on a company that Salesforce bought about 2 years ago. Salesforce also hired a former co-founder of Business Objects to lead the development of this platform.

Wave is the platform on which the analytics cloud is built. Continue Reading…

Microsoft and Salesforce – Part 2

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Date : October 16, 2014

Notes from the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference

Matt Maher, Technical Architect and I were at the Salesforce conference for the last few days.  There were several interesting announcements regarding the integration of Microsoft technologies and Salesforce.

During the session, several integration solutions were displayed, some developed by Salesforce and others developed by Microsoft.  Below is a summary of the some of the integrations / solutions that were demonstrated:

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Microsoft and Salesforce – Part 1

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Date : October 7, 2014

Why these companies need to collaborate?

With the world moving to the cloud, wouldn’t it be nice to have the two biggest cloud companies collaborate?  Microsoft and Salesforce have finally announced a partnership and are looking to integrate their products closely.  Microsoft is also a guest speaker at the 2014 Dreamforce conference to be held from Oct 13th in San Francisco.  I would not be surprised if Microsoft shares several interesting integration scenarios at the conference.

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Content Type Syndication Hub

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Date : September 2, 2014

Overview

Content Type Hub is a central location where you can manage and publish your content types.

Content type publishing is a feature that will allow you to publish content type to other site collections in SharePoint Online. So you need to create the content type just once and then just publish it so that rest of the site collections can make use of it. Continue Reading…

Moving from Yammer Basic to Yammer Enterprise for Office 365 E3 & E4 Customers

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Date : August 7, 2014

Overview

Yammer is a private social networking tool that is best used to collaborate and share within the organization. It provides a single platform connecting people, conversations and data from different business application weaving into a single corporate social experience. Yammer is therefore available for all corporates as free Yammer Basic and for all Office 365 E3 & E4 customer it comes free as Yammer Enterprise. 

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