9 Things I Learned About Analytics Building a House

“What does building a house have to do with analytics?” you say. The technology is certainly different, but that’s the point. Putting analytics to work for you has more to do with the team, the process, and your own leadership than it does the technical details. What follows are nine things I learned while building a house and how each lesson applies to building an analytics capability in your organization.   1. Start by envisioning [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

Jane Linder Interview About Power Woman Award

Dr. Jane Linder, Managing Director, has been named to The Channel Company’s prestigious 2015 CRN® Women of the Channel, and has been recognized as one of this year’s Power 50. The annual list honors outstanding female executives across solution provider organizations prominently involved in the IT channel ecosystem for their achievements and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. We wanted to get a little more information about what the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Project Management|0 Comments

7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your PC & Mobile Devices

Spring is finally here, and you’ve probably already spent a fair amount of time cleaning your home, yard, garage, and even your car. But have you taken the time to clean your computers and mobile devices? Twenty years ago, personal computers were used for web browsing, creating and editing documents and spreadsheets, and playing video games. Today, we rely heavily on a wide array of computing devices to manage our daily routines, so much so [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Security|0 Comments

Getting Started with Business Intelligence

Make no mistake, getting started with business intelligence means breaking some eggs.  Executives will see things they never saw before, and they may not like what they see. Some powerful stakeholders may have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table because they are threatened. The entire organization will have to come up the learning curve on analytics. What’s an IT executive to do? We call the path forward the three W’s and it [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

Five Analytics Methods That Pay Off

No matter how much big talk we hear about big data, it’s still challenging to get started. How do we target the kinds of insights that are going to make an impact, create momentum, and make our stakeholders happy they spent their time and money on the effort? We have some suggestions to offer based on our many years of working with clients on business intelligence initiatives. Below are five types of analyses that helped [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

What Public Sector Leaders Should Know About Fact Based Management

Who doesn’t want fact-based management in the public sector? Wouldn’t it be great to have ready, reliable answers to those legislative questions that seem to arrive just when things are busiest? Wouldn’t it be much more efficient to settle stakeholder disagreements with evidence rather than opinion? Yes! There’s no question that fact-based management has the power to give organizations an order of magnitude improvement in effectiveness. Service will improve, organizational relationships will strengthen, and well-placed [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Project Management|0 Comments

Oregon Ducks: Changing the Game

I’m not much of a football fan, but I was completely captivated by the Oregon-Florida State game on New Year’s Day. If nothing else, the score had to get your attention. It was a semi-final for the national college championship, so you’d think the game would be close.  But Oregon beat Florida State by a more than convincing 59 to 20. What was most interesting was how Oregon pulled off the win. It seems as [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 January 5th, 2015|Project Management|0 Comments

When Did Personal Computers Get So Personal?

I am sick. I understand the major laptop manufacturers have decided that no one wants the button mouse in the middle of the keyboard any longer. Well they are wrong; I want it. That touch pad thing drives me crazy because my fly-away thumb is always tapping me into la-la-land when I touch-type. Using a mouse means carrying an extra gizmo that runs out of batteries at the worst possible times. The button mouse works [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Big Data, Mobility|0 Comments

My E-Rate Holiday Wish List

Today is December 11, 2014, a historic day for the E-Rate program. An increase of funding was enacted today. This could have a very positive effect on schools and libraries depending on what USAC does next. My E-Rate holiday wish list includes ideas that could help the FCC and USAC maximize the impact of the E-Rate program. Let’s explore why additional funding is needed. First, a quick look at the program: Intention of E-Rate: • [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 December 12th, 2014|E-Rate|0 Comments

10 Tips for Hiring a Professional Services Firm

My husband and I are in the midst of building a house. Our experience with our architect couldn’t be more painful. It occurred to me that the lessons we are learning the hard way apply equally to working with any professional services firm on a complex and important project. I have packaged my learnings as recommendations in hopes you can use them to save yourself some heartache. At the start, identify your own areas of [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Professional Services|0 Comments