Getting results: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

In the first two posts in this series, Seeing the Light: How SMBs are Using Data and Insights to Get Ahead, I shared the motivations that prompted three SMBs to replace spreadsheets and intuition with a more sophisticated, analytics-driven approach to run their businesses. In the second, I discussed the […]

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Key considerations: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

In the first post in this series, Seeing the Light: How SMBs are Using Data and Insights to Get Ahead, I shared the motivations that prompted three SMBs (BGF Industries, Oberweis Dairy and Twiddy & Company) to replace spreadsheets and intuition with a more sophisticated, analytics-driven approach. But what factors […]

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Seeing the light: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

At a time when information is proliferating at an unprecedented rate, companies that can effectively gather, create and use information can gain dramatic market advantages over those that don’t. SMB Group’s 2012 Routes to Market Study shows that SMBs that have deployed business intelligence and analytics solutions are 51% more […]

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SMBs: Five technology trends to look out for in 2013

Running a small or midsize business is not for the faint of heart. To help you better prepare for 2013, here is our compilation of the most important tech trends to be ready for in the New Year: 1. Mobile: From payment apps like Square and Google Wallet to device-supportive […]

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SMBs can manage data without programming

Collecting data quickly and efficiently is a focus for businesses regardless of their size.  For small and mid-sized businesses, successfully managing data without being a burden on an understaffed and overworked IT department can be an added challenge.  Plus, there is the added responsibility of making sure ACCURATE data is […]

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Are startups too small for analytics?

Startups are quickly becoming the lifeblood of new business in this country and around the world.  A vast array of new business ideas and ventures are being generated at a blistering pace by talented entrepreneurs.  Throughout my experience within the small and mid-size business marketplace, I've often found that startups, […]

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5 rules of technology spending

I recently came across an article in The Wall Street Journal by Sarah Needleman on spending wisely on technology. Needleman talks about the challenges various small businesses and first-time entrepreneurs faced when purchasing technology. The challenges ranged from software upgrades to compatibility issues to scalability. I think these challenges are […]

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SAS 4 SMB: a new series for small and midsize companies

Here’s the thing, if you are a small or midsize business, you realize (better than anyone) how there is really nothing small or midsize about what you do. It is simply business ... and just like with all the Fortune 500 monster companies out there, you face the same dilemmas […]

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What to look for in a self-service BI solution?

In my earlier blog last week I discussed the four main capabilities that make a BI solution worthy of self-service BI moniker.  And those are: Ease of accessing relevant data; Ease of analyzing that data; Ease to consume and share results and; Ease to deploy and manage the solution. You […]

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What makes a BI solution worthy of self-service BI moniker?

In last week’s blog titled “What is self-service BI and why should small and midsize businesses care” we established that self-service BI is all about simplicity. “EASY” defines self-service BI. But what makes a BI solution worthy of “self-service BI “ moniker? Depending on who you ask, you will get […]

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