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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.

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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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