Day: May 6, 2020

Modernize business-critical workloads with intelligence

IT teams can’t afford to stand pat with their business-critical applications and workloads. In today’s era of mobility, big data analytics and always-on transactional demand, legacy apps must be able to offer features and functionality that are comparable to—and complementary with—cloud-native apps.

Today’s databases, OLTP systems and CRM systems must also support faster, more agile development processes to enable new capabilities such as artificial intelligence and microservices. In addition, with data projected to grow by a factor of 10 between 2016 and 2025, these apps all require faster performance, more capacity, enhanced agility and bullet-proof reliability.

Choosing the right technology solutions to modernize business-critical applications can deliver significant value to any business. For example, research from IDC has shown that using hyper-converged infrastructure to modernize and transform certain applications can deliver these key benefits:

  • 66% more efficient operations
  • 61% lower cost of operations
  • 34% faster application development lifecycle
  • 99% less
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How to Write a Business Plan (with Pictures)

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To write a business plan, start with an executive summary that lays out your grand vision for your business. Follow that with a section that describes what products and services your company will offer. Then, write a marketing section where you detail how you’re going to inform people about your business. You’ll also want to include a section on your business model and how it will operate. Finally, conclude your business plan by letting investors know what you need from them. For help with

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Top 25 Young Entrepreneur Success Stories

For two years I scraped and scoured the internet hunting for the world’s top young entrepreneurs so I could harvest their secrets.

If I wanted to be successful, I had to learn from the best. I needed to hear their stories. How they started. How they grew. How they are building their empires right now. And I needed to hear it straight from their mouths.

So I narrowed my list of 100+ young entrepreneurs down to the top 25. We contacted them, gathered their secrets and published a book. Here’s a list of the world’s top 25 young entrepreneurial success stories.

Read their interviews, visit their sites, follow them on Twitter and learn as much as you can from their remarkable stories. Oh, and find a link to discover how they do it at the bottom.

Adora Svitak, 12

Tiny Literary Giant

Adora is a 12-year-old who has

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Entrepreneurship Course Online | HBS Online


Entrepreneurship Essentials introduces you to the entrepreneurial journey from finding an idea, to gaining traction in the marketplace, to raising capital for your venture. This course explains how entrepreneurs run structured experiments to validate ideas and refine business strategy. You will dive deep into the numbers behind how entrepreneurs and their investors make financial decisions to create value and grow their operations.

Learning requirements: In order to earn a Certificate of Completion, participants must thoughtfully complete all 4 modules by stated deadlines.

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Modules Case Studies Takeaways Key Exercises
Module 1: Ideas and Opportunities
  • Identify an entrepreneurial idea
  • Evaluate an entrepreneurial idea
  • Gain comfort with twists and turns
  • Sizing the market
  • Estimate willingness to pay
Module 2: Building a Business
  • Apply the POCD (People, Opportunity, Context, Deal)
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CIO Strategies: Five best practice tips for implementing business intelligence

Martin Draper, technology director at luxury retailer Liberty, says his big priority for 2017 is business intelligence. The firm gathers information from various sources and Draper wants to create a data-driven strategy that helps executives at the firm make smarter decisions quickly and effectively.

He joined the world-famous retailer in March last year, having completed a 13-year IT leadership stint at Harrods. Throughout his career, Draper has been eager to drive transformation through information. He spent a decade running his own business intelligence (BI) consultancy before becoming a retail CIO, helping organisations in all sectors turn data into insight.

Here, Draper draws on his experience and provides five best practice tips for running a successful BI imitative.

1. View your initiative as a pervasive cultural approach

Analysts are keen to talk up the continued investment in BI and analytics. Gartner says 48 percent of companies invested in big data in

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How To Use The Ultimate Business Intelligence Tool

While it’s tempting to complex things up when performing business analysis, in reality, there is a simple tool, that you have been using for years, which can help you to perform a good part of your analysis: Google.

Comparable analysis set up

A comparable company analysis is a process that enables the identification of similar organizations to be used as a comparison to understand the business and financial performance of the target company. To find comparables you can look at two key profiles: the business and financial profile. From the comparable company analysis it is possible to understand the competitive landscape of the target organization.

Performing a comparative analysis can be tricky in today’s’ business environment, especially if you’re looking at digital platforms.

That’s because the boundaries of business strategy and many new industries, risen during the web era, are still consolidating. Therefore, some players, while dominating in some industries

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Chris Simei Joins Full Sail Partners to Lead Business Intelligence Development

Chris Simei

Chris Simei

The landscape of ERP data management is changing swiftly. I collaborate with clients and use Deltek solutions to help firms get to the next level. The solutions are endless and I’m excited to guide firms along their success journey. – Chris Simei

Full Sail Partners hired Senior Consultant, Chris Simei to head up their Blackbox Connector between Informer and Deltek Vision and Vantagepoint. Chris is known as a business intelligence (BI) expert in the Deltek ecosystem and will focus on expanding Full Sail Partners’ BI capabilities including connecting with other solutions. His wealth of knowledge will help ensure Deltek clients maximize the value of their product and reimagine how they use their data to reach optimal efficiency.

Chris is always looking to help clients and leverage creative concepts to drive innovation. Additionally, Chris delivers automated solutions with a

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California Infrastructure Economic Development Bank (IBank)

The SBFC helps businesses create and retain jobs, and encourages investment in low- to moderate-income communities. The SBFC has several programs to support small business, including a Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee, a Jump Start Loan Program and more.

California Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program — COVID-19

The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers.

Who Can Apply

Eligible Applicants

  • Small Businesses located in California with 1-750 employees that have been negatively impacted or experienced disruption by COVID-19
  • Eligible Nonprofits

Guarantee Terms:

  • Guaranteed up to 7 years
  • Guarantees up to 95% of loan
  • Loan interest rates negotiated between lender and borrower
  • Qualifications based on lender criteria

 Loan proceeds to be used for continuance of business including, but not limited to:

  • The funds are meant to help small businesses through this challenging
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Microsoft Business Intelligence Tool & Services