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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.

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.

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“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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Taking Stock and Preparing for Change

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It is a new year and analysts and the media have been in full swing with 2013 recaps and 2014 predictions on technology trends. We’ve seen coverage on many emerging and maturing trends – all of which are fascinating and many of which are relevant to us and our clients.  These include:  The Internet of Things, cloud, social enterprise, Big Data, privacy, BI, business and IT alignment, and governance.  At the end of this post, we’ve linked to a 2014 BI prediction piece that we particularly like.

The specifics of these aside, we think that what these experts are doing is critically important. What they are doing is examining change, and advising what to do about it. We do this with and for our customers — not just once or twice a year — but on a continuous basis.  Taking stock of and preparing for change, driven from outside and within the organization, is essential to understanding where you’ve been, making decisions along the way and planning where you need to go.

We particularly like this Forrester prediction on BI in 2014:  How to have the BI Cake and eat it too: Forrester’s prediction for 2014

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The Mid-Market CIO: Spotlight on Leadership in Minnesota

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Middle market firms are essential to U.S. competitiveness and future. According to the National Center for the Middle Market, “…the nearly 200,000 companies that comprise the U.S. middle market encompass 44.5 million jobs, account for one third of total private employment, and generate more than $10 trillion in combined revenues annually.” The market is not just fast growing, it’s increasingly level pegging the enterprise sector in technology adoption and innovation.

Zoom in and you’ll find that Minnesota is home to approximately one thousand middle market firms. Among them are some of country’s most experienced and forward-thinking CIOs. Last week’s Evanta Mid-Market CIO Executive Summit in Minneapolis, sponsored in part by GNet Group, was both a showcase and an opportunity for many of these extraordinary executives to come together to build their skills and explore opportunities for driving business transformation. We, our CIO customers, and colleagues spent the day digging into issues, stories and strategies steered by targeted presentations on: Establishing a Path of Corporate Alignment,  IT as Brand Differentiator, Demystifying IT, and Growth through Governance.  Read more…

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