Category Archives: Data

The Road to Big Data

Big Data is big buzz.  We hear questions all the time from our existing and prospective clients that follow along the lines of:

  • What do you consider Big Data?
  • I don’t think we have Big Data, do you?
  • What could we do with our data?
  • Is the ROI on data analytics worth it?
  • Can we quantify the costs and financial returns?

In essence:  What is the business value of our information and is it worth tapping?

An organization’s information asset does not suddenly become valuable.  For the most part, the size or age of data does not achieve a threshold where it immediately gains a…

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Marketing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Part 3

As a part of our Project to adopt and use Dynamics CRM 2015 out-of-the-box, we installed and configured the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Outlook add-in on our client machines.  This gave us a way to use Dynamics CRM functionality within Outlook.   It is a powerful tool which tracks and synchronizes Contacts, Tasks and Appointments with Dynamics CRM 2015.

If you are like us, you probably have a lot of old Outlook Contacts that you haven’t kept up with through the years.  These can be business cards picked up along the way or people you worked with once and not since.  In my case, th…

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Marketing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Part 2

Our objective was to see if we could manage our sales effort and use Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 as a stand alone, out-of-the-box marketing solution.  Our goal was to use built in email and phone campaign functionality.  We wanted to see if we could use Dynamics CRM without third party add-ins or services like Constant Contact, or Mail Chimp.  Another important criteria is that we wanted to avoid solutions that required customization, .Net Programming or database modification code. There is no technical revelation to what we did, just simple data manipulation using Dynamics CRM feature…

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Cloud Computing Today and Tomorrow

Cloud Computing is all the buzz.  The attached presentation shows how we got here, where we are now, and what the future may hold in the realm of Cloud Computing.  This slide deck was adapted and presented several times to diverse audiences including IT Professionals, Students, Public Sector Professionals, Scientists and Engineers.

The tone of these presentations was, for the most part, anecdotal.  This information is based on our experience as both a Cloud Provider and Consumer.  The presentation was intended to be visual and not bullet point oriented. Some notes on the progressio…

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Marketing with Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Part 1

Microsoft Dynamics CRM presents great opportunities for the management of sales, service and marketing functions.  The platform is highly configurable and robust in its feature set.  The platform is easy to work with and is quite usable out of the box for critical functions.  However, we found some “holes” in our use of the platform that required workarounds.  I will discuss each of the issues in more detail and our resolutions to those issues in upcoming posts.  Perhaps our approach to working with Dynamics CRM might provide insights for others.  For now, an introduction:

1) Work wit…

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Connecting to a SSAS 2012 Database in Online Mode

When working with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), it is sometimes convenient to be able to connect to a database in “Online Mode” which means that every change you make and save is immediately saved to the SSAS database, as opposed to having to explicitly deploy the changes.

In SQL Server 2008 R2, connecting to a SSAS database in online mode was very simple:

1. Launch the SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (i.e the VS 2008 Shell for BI project templates commonly known as BIDS).

2. Select Open off the File menu

3. Specify the server and database name, press…

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