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10 Part Q&A: Agile BI Today and Beyond

Author: Neelesh Raheja
Knowledge and Information Technology. We can’t think of a single successful business today that doesn’t pursue and derive strength from these. Certainly knowledge and information technology are at the core of our profession. What’s interesting is that they are essential to undertaking as well as making BI initiatives work. It’s a path that requires understanding and effective use of technology from the beginning and along the way. Because BI is dynamic – with data, models and technologies in a continual state of motion and change – it means that companies must be in learning mode all the time. Helping companies keep up the pace of learning and change is a big part of what we do at GNet.

The Cobra Effect in BI

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The cobra effect occurs when an attempted solution to a problem actually makes the problem worse. I came across this term in a Freakanomics podcast by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt. The term is used to illustrate the causes of incorrect stimulation in economy and politics. There is also a 2001 book with the same title by Horst Siebert, a German economist and professor.

By the way, I am an avid listener and follower of Freaknomics. I am amazed at their ability to combine research, insights and the fine art of storytelling. It’s an invaluable resource for BI & analytics professionals as we help organizations build data-driven cultures. Read more…

 
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Self-Service BI is Not DIY

Increasing numbers of companies are pursuing self-service BI to enable their business users to personalize solutions and make data-driven decisions without having to rely on IT. Yet, the industry success rate in this arena is low. Why is this? Choosing the right tool is partly the issue, but the biggest differentiators between companies that fail and those that succeed with self-service BI is knowing where and how to effectively deploy it as a business solution.

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Just say no to DIY

 

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GNet Helping to Build Up Local Microsoft Skills

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Last Thursday, June 26, GNet Group held its first Technical Training Event for the Minneapolis Microsoft user community. We’ve been hosting similar events in the Dallas community for several years now, and helping to build the local workforce there through skills building. We think it’s incredibly important to share our knowledge and skills with the local community, and build the community up as a whole.  Read more…

 
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BI Development: Working with Source Control

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Source control systems, such as Team Foundation Server (TFS), provide an extensive level of flexibility for development. Occasionally a developer can get lost in that flexibility, and the results can be painful. When the team grows beyond one or a few developers, a misstep in the source management process can result in challenges that can take days to recover from, and could potentially mean that days of development modifications would need to be reapplied.

At GNet Group, we’re accustomed to working with multiple projects in parallel for a client. Generally, our clients are working with TFS. With this in mind, here are a few tips for working with TFS.

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GNet Group Named Minnesota Business Magazine 100 Best Company

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GNet Group has recently been named a “100 Best” company to work for by Minnesota Business Magazine. The 2014 “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm employing various research techniques — including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness.

100BEST LOGO GNet Group Named Minnesota Business Magazine 100 Best Company

“Winning awards is always fun for GNet, but this award is extra special because it was based on employee input and satisfaction levels,” said Venkat Kavasseri, CEO of GNet Group. “Our employees are what set us apart, and the culture they create is what makes GNet Group a great place to work.”

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