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What is a data warehouse and why does your business need one?

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As any good tradesperson knows, you need the right tool for the job. Just ask someone who’s used a screwdriver to assemble furniture how much they would pay for a power drill. The same holds true for working with data.

Income statement with absolute and relative variance

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Income Statement with Absolute and Relative Variance takes income statement data and automatically calculates both the absolute variance and relative (%) variance in comparison to previous year data.

Workplace safety and data analytics

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We all want to get home safely, right? For some of us, the worst risk we face at the office is a sore neck from bad posture. But for many others, the risk of serious personal injury on the job site is very real. One of the best approaches to safety management begins from the ground up, through a safety-driven culture that focuses on getting every employee to be aware of their surroundings and actions. But just providing a set of workplace rules is not enough.

What is customer analysis and segmentation analysis?

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Customer analysis may be the most important market segmentation analysis you can perform for your business. Without it, trying to find new customers, or selling more services to existing customers, will likely have limited success.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

Understanding predictive maintenance for better operations

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Everyone knows that maintenance is critical for running a well-oiled machine (almost by definition here). The cost of broken equipment goes beyond just parts and labor, especially when it impacts production throughput. At the same time, equipment maintenance has an associated opportunity cost. As far as your operation is concerned, the impact on output is the same whether a machine is down because it’s broken versus being down for repairs.

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Mining comminution – crusher, ball mill, and advanced analytics?

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Mining operations are complex environments. Even for something as “simple” as surface mining or open pit mining, there are a whole host of variables to consider. Small changes in blasting operations, haul truck speed, stockpiling, and equipment can have significant impact on throughput and operating cost. Furthermore, all these components are inter-related, making second-order effects difficult to identify, let alone correct.

Turn your ERP failures into optimization success

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No other three letters can strike such fear into the heart of a CFO. But why is this the case? And what can leaders do to solve this problem? What does ERP stand for First a quick primer. The term Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP, was first coined by Gartner in the 1990s. It describes software that evolved out of maintenance resource planning and manufacturing resource planning tools developed in the 1960s.

Line chart with absolute variance

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Questions about this MS BI visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. This Power BI custom visual is designed for easily comparing time series data. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline. Influenced by IBCS , this Power BI dashboard applied information density principles including the sparing use of colors.

A holistic approach to segmentation and customer analysis

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Customer analysis may be the most important market segmentation analysis you can perform for your business. Without it, trying to find new customers, or selling more services to existing customers, will likely have limited success. Unless you really get to know your customers, your business won’t be a in position to meet their needs. The traditional approach to customer analysis is often driven by marketing because this team needs to understand the customer to target them directly.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Driving optimization with BI reporting and advanced analytics

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Chances are you already know that data is important for business – really important. You’ve likely been barraged by a seemingly endless stream of data terms: BI technologies, big data techniques, advanced analytics, machine learning and AI. And despite the hype, you’re probably wondering what the fuss is all about. After all, don’t companies already make decisions based on data? The benefits associated with BI technologies, big data techniques and advanced analytics are not revolutionary.

BI reporting, advanced analytics and the discipline of business optimization

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Chances are you already know that data is important for business – really important. You’ve likely been barraged by a seemingly endless stream of data terms: BI technologies, big data techniques, advanced analytics, machine learning and AI. And despite the hype, you’re probably wondering what the fuss is all about. After all, don’t companies already make decisions based on data? The benefits associated with BI technologies, big data techniques and advanced analytics are not revolutionary.

What is ad hoc analysis, and why should you be careful with it?

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What is ad hoc analysis and ad hoc reporting? In a world where businesses live or die on data, self service BI is the information super-food we’ve been waiting for. Or so the rhetoric around this popular tool would have us believe. So what is ad hoc analysis? Exactly what the name implies — reporting prepared for a specific or immediate need.

Bar chart with relative variance

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-NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. This Power BI custom visual is designed for easily comparing category data. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline. Influenced by IBCS , this Power BI dashboard applied information density principles including the sparing use of colors.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Is your dispatcher just putting vehicles on the road?

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It seems that most dispatching software focuses on providing back-office services. While these features are important as many companies struggle with paperwork, they mask the real challenge associated with running a business with significant transportation costs. Companies that deploy nurses, truck drivers, warehouse workers, or cleaning staff live or die based on how effectively they can deploy their teams.

Column chart with variance

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-NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. Featured in Microsoft's August 2018 Power BI desktop update , this Power BI custom visual is designed for easily comparing time series data. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline. NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now.

Column chart with relative variance

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-NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. Featured in Microsoft's October 2018 Power BI desktop update , this Power BI custom visual is designed for easily comparing time series data. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline. Because this chart reports relative variance, we apply a lollipop design to show what you’re calculating variance against.

Bar chart with absolute variance

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-NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. Featured in Microsoft's October 2018 Power BI desktop update , this Power BI custom visual is designed for easily comparing category data. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline. Influenced by IBCS , this Power BI dashboard applied information density principles including the sparing use of colors.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Column chart with small multiples

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-NEW- Questions about this visual? Book an in-person call with our team now. Featured in Microsoft's October 2018 Power BI desktop update , this Power BI custom visual is designed for easily combining times series data and category data into a single chart. It is built for reporting actual, forecast, planned, and previous year data and allows users to quickly identify when a series deviates from its baseline.

NTMI - (Not) Too Much Information (video)

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In this video, Andry from 3AG Systems investigates how to improve data visualization by applying advanced information density techniques. Read More

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BI strategy beyond Excel (video)

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In this video, Matthew from 3AG Systems expands on the themes discussed in our earlier blog post, BI strategy beyond Excel. Read More

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Ad hoc analysis: business intelligence's fast food problem

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The ad hoc promise In a world where businesses live or die on data, self-serve BI is the information super-food we’ve been waiting for. Or so the rhetoric around this popular tool would have us believe. Also known as data exploration, exploratory data analysis, data discovery and ad hoc reporting, self-serve BI has many names, but one big promise: to radically reduce the time organizations spend on data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Adapting to a Digital World - Agile, Collaborative and Innovative Supply Chain Management

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There are now only five weeks until Digital Supply Chain will be returning to Amsterdam. So if you haven’t already booked your seat, now is the time

How the heatwave impacted the High Street

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By Matthew Robertson, co-CEO, NetDespatch. As we see the first signs of the heatwave dissipating and wetter weather coming in, this got me thinking about recent articles that I've read about the negative impact on productivity the balmy summer weather has had on office workers, with many preferring to work from home and not venture into heat-baked cities, over-crowded tubes and frenzied traffic jams

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Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

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CrowdStrike Inc., the cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions provider, has announced the results of its global supply chain survey, Securing the Supply Chain, produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

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July is my birthday month. In the middle of busy travel, I made time for the annual physical. The reason? I know that early detection is the key to wellness. It is a familiar ritual. The nurse quickly assesses blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen, height and weight.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Automation in the Supply Chain and Its Impact on Scalability

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Automation is coming of age in the supply chain. Where supply chain leaders once viewed automation capabilities as science fiction fantasy, automation’s real-world applications are becoming evident.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

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I watch the news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates. When the nonsensical banter reaches a crescendo, I shake my head and ask myself the question of “Why?” I wonder why people are listening.

Using Technology to Improve Inventory Management

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Using technology in the warehouse is one of the most effective ways to improve inventory management and reduce returns. Since returns represent a significant cost to companies, it is imperative for retailers to take steps to improve inventory management and manage returns.

As Retailers Eye Final Mile Strategies, They Launch BOPIS to Neutralize Costs

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Many retailers have implemented buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) strategies without realizing it. Although the name invokes the fears of coding and advanced systems, it refers to the process of buying a product online and picking it up in the store, i.e., BOPIS.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.