Commercial Open Source vs. Proprietary Business Intelligence

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Open source BI solutions offer some advantages but there is a long way to go to resolve issues that prevent market adoption. Some open source products are free to use, but vendor support is not free. Other open source BI tools are free for the community edition, but not for the enterprise. Businesses need swift implementation and roll-out, and timely support and should look at Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

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Growing a Small Business

From CMS to eCommerce to Custom Made Applications, small business need all, if not many to both engage, compete and grow in today’s Internet driven markets. What we do is to ensure you have arrived and stay on top using technology as a backbone.

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If You Want to Keep Your Customers, You NEED RWD!

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Responsive web design (RWD) is a buzz-phrase that all tech people understand. But, when you start talking about Responsive Web  Design, Adaptive Web Design, Content First Design, and other mobile concepts, the average business person tunes out (and with  good reason). I won’t argue that it is important for every business person to understand the basic importance of making websites,  applications and online presence a pleasant experience for customers, partners and suppliers. BUT, no technology person should  expect the average business manager or end-user to understand the ins and outs of the process. That’s why we have experts!

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5 Ingredients for a Successful Tech Start-up

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Startups are popping up like mushrooms everyday, pretty much every startup has the same message.
“We are a startup, we are in search of funding…“How wonderful will it be to get funding… the startups that get funded are celebrities.

They do get exemplary treatments in the media circuits, suddenly they are news worthy materials.

Of course they could be having something very serious and sincere, disruptive to market kind of service, by way of addressing immediate business or social problem.

Whenever this happens, you will notice that several similar startups popup at every zone.

They even book similar names.

If FlipKart became famous, then there are so many others with names ending with the same old KART.

Not many among them succeed and the ones that do succeed have some very common points that can be traced as a pattern.

Here is a look at exactly five common aspects of successful start-up companies.

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Let’s Talk About BI Data Democracy

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When business intelligence vendors talk about democratizing data discovery, they can have very different interpretations about ‘democracy’. If a business intends to provide self-serve BI tools to its employees for daily use and data discovery, it must provide true data democratization. The business user cannot be limited to viewing static dashboards developed by dashboard developers with only the most basic drill down and filtering capabilities. Business users must be empowered by true data democratization and self-serve BI tools, which, in many cases, is the original intent of a BI solution implementation. Sadly, many businesses never achieve their original goals, but rather end up with ‘packaged dashboards’, because they are hamstrung by desktop-based data discovery BI tools that require design control and intervention by dashboard developers and limit business users to packaged views and tasks.

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Psychology of Software Product Development

You know what would be boring…?

A lesson on psychology! So as to make the article interesting, let us progress with a story arc format consisting of the good, the bad and the funny side!

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The Good Side of the Story!

We have known people and have worked for people who understand nothing about technology, but have a defined domain knowledge or expertise or clarity of purpose to pursue use of technology to expand their skills to a global arena through automation made feasible by technology.

By automation, we are specifically talking about delivering value through use of software, rather than manual tasking.

Say for instance, an auditor who does auditing of major hospitals, food & beverage industries have found that the process could be optimized by use of an iPad type device that will carry the standardized forms for compliance regulation and works, just works! On both offline and online mode.

This simplification is a welcomed simplification; business needs efficiency, less paper work, more quality coverage and accuracy.

This forms the clarity of purpose behind the development of software product.

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BI Tools for SMEs? Not Just Maybe, But DEFINITELY

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Small and medium sized organizations often give up on the idea of business intelligence and corporate performance management, because they believe that the BI tools and solutions are too expensive and complex to implement and that their organizational structure and processes is simple enough to manage without these types of tools.

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eDemocracy Consultation, Deliberative and Collaboration Tools

This Elegant MicroWeb client is a leading internet community and eDemocracy Solution provider in the U.K. The client asked Elegant MicroWeb to design a toolset that would support the promotion of dialogue and interaction, collecting feedback, analyzing public views and helping to reach consensus. The toolset included a Consultation Management Tool, a Deliberative Consultation Tool and a Dialogue and Consensus Building Tool.

The Elegant MicroWeb team worked closely with the client team to understand requirements and put in a place a set of tools that would be cost effective and timely. In order to meet the detailed requirements, the solutions had to satisfy accessibility standards and eGovernment technical frameworks and compliance regulations. The project continuum included conceptualization and strategy, architecture and technical framework design, design, development, implementation, product maintenance and support and product upgrades and enhancements.

Case Study: eDemocracy Consultation, Deliberative and Collaboration Tools

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This Elegant MicroWeb client is an eDemocracy Solution provider in the UK. The client wanted a toolset to support the promotion of dialogue and interaction, collecting feedback, analyzing public views and helping to reach consensus. The toolset included a Consultation Management Tool, a Deliberative Consultation Tool and a Dialogue and Consensus Building Tool.

 

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