As mentioned in a previous post, Managing Communities through Taxonomy, one of the benefits of implementing a taxonomy-based community management solution is the ability to leverage powerful insights with community analytics. In the process of building your managed communities, you will access a store of valuable data that can provide impactful metrics to inform and guide your business in all aspects of membership, communication and ad hoc analytics.
As a technical program manager implementing Scrum for the past two years, bottom line, it works. If you do not know about Scrum, we have an introductory article titled “The Basics of Scrum, Sprints and Cycles” which I highly recommend you read first.
One of the key values to building and sustaining a long-term relationship with your client is understanding their business. As a technology consultant or analyst, this means far more than simply knowing what products or services your customer provides. You need to get a clear picture of their business goals and challenges, and then map out a technology roadmap to move them forward from where they are today.
Working as a business or technology consultant can offer great flexibility, independence, and opportunities to advance in your career, but it can also be isolating and difficult to find new projects. You need to work with a consulting company that will support your goals and invest in you, rather than just regard you as a low-maintenance revenue stream.
Social media networks have had a significant impact on how people connect and share information, and more and more businesses are looking for ways to incorporate that kind of conversational, small group networking into their organizations. For organizations using Office 365, Microsoft is offering their business-focused social media network Yammer as a way to make enterprise social work for your organization.
SQL queries can be an essential component of application development, custom reports, and other solutions, but they can also cause lags in your application or report refreshes if they’re not optimized.
In almost every industry, Excel spreadsheets are the standard for viewing and working with data due to the ease of use and visual nature of Excel. SQL databases offer more efficient and powerful ways to analyze large amounts of data, but Excel is hard to beat when it comes to visualizations, especially for self-service analytics.
A multitude of factors influence any organization's decision on whether or not to move their data and computing to the cloud, including efficiency, collaboration, security, and of course, cost. Amazon Web Services (AWS) just announced the launch of a new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator aimed at helping customers make the decision to move to the cloud.
Earlier this week, I wrote about the 3 Steps to Creating a Managed Taxonomy Across Your Organization. These steps involved following a people, process, and technology paradigm to create, onboard, and maintain a managed taxonomy. The process of aligning your organization to the new taxonomy is not simple, but it can be extremely effective and deliver a significant return on your investment of time and money.
As a company grows, different parts of the organization will inevitably evolve different ways to describe the same concepts, such as accounts, products, and services or even associated metadata attributes. There are advantages to having separate naming conventions in different departments in order to optimize the meaning of each taxonomy element, but differences across the organization make it extremely difficult to do aggregated reporting or provide executive level visibility across datasets.