Explore Your Business at the Speed of Thought

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For effective decision making, information workers need quick answers to off-the-cuff questions, better understanding of the business, and fast access to relevant information. But IT departments can’t react quickly enough to meet the dynamic needs of the organization while keeping costs within budget. Learn about business intelligence (BI) solutions that can help you extend the reach of BI to all information workers.

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IBM Cognos Insight: Independently Explore, Visualize, Model and Share Insights without IT Assistance

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Business users can no longer afford to wait for someone else to build a custom report or dashboard. And trying to run the business on spreadsheets alone is no longer good enough. Today’s decision makers need greater analytical agility than these methods provide. Learn how you can gain agile analytics with Cognos Insight. Read More

Optimizing Bandwidth: Why Size Doesn’t Always Matter

Network managers have to balance the need for increased speed of response and the best possible end user performance, and the need to reduce costs.

Traffic on the network expands to fill the available bandwidth, resulting in degraded performance across the most congested links. Network managers have to be able to show that a link is experiencing congestion for a significant amount of time due to legitimate business usage before they can add additional capacity. But approaches such as peak or average utilization and traffic totals provide limited insight into and understanding of network congestion.

To optimize the use of existing capacity and make the business case for more bandwidth, network managers need to ask themselves a number of questions. In this white paper, a new approach to getting needed information about network congestion is discussed. Principles to consider for effective capacity planning are discussed, as well as the limitations to traditional approaches to managing network capacity, and a solution called burst utilization is given, to measure performance and save network managers time.

A burst-style view shows the links spending the most amount of time in a congested state and the time in that state. Using this information, the network manager can explore why the link is busy and whether additional bandwidth is needed, and identify any links where capacity could be reduced. By using existing bandwidth more effectively, they may be able to improve the end user experience.  Read More

Growing Google Apps: How to Increase Google Adoption in Your Organization

Change is hard for everyone. But switching from your old system to Google Apps doesn’t have to be difficult, and acceptance of the new Google Apps system within your organization will allow your company to flourish. Supporting everyone on the team through the adoption process is vital to a successful move to Google Apps.

In this white paper, explore core ideas to successfully training on and transitioning to Google Apps, including a slow, steady implementation process that allows the comfort levels of users to grow. This starts with a twelve-point plan that lets users get used to the idea of switching to new cloud technology. Learn how, when discussing the implementation of Google Apps, to focus on the opportunities now available to your organization. Highlight the positive changes that come with the adoption of Google Apps that will reduce travel time, allow users to work from home, decrease IT issues, and create a more collaborative, streamlined work environment. Review information on self-training strategies and the benefits of developing a training website. Use other Google tools such as Hangouts to gain valuable feedback from users, and explore how selecting volunteers to learn Google Apps tools earlier than other members can help the rest of the team navigate Google Apps and resolve IT issues. Through the information in this white paper, your transition to Google Apps can be a positive one.  Read More

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Planning for Manufacturing Exceptions

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No matter how sophisticated your ERP solution may be, the most critical factor in its success will be how well it handles exceptions--the seemingly quixotic mission of planning for the unplanned. These issues outside your established operational parameters can include supply, operational and demand exceptions, and can have a "butterfy effect" on your enterprise--impacting customer service, purchasing, plant scheduling, shipping and accounting. How well you respond depends on four critical factors: The speed at which you identify these exceptions; how thoroughly you communicate them within your enterprise, the business rules you have in place to handle these exceptions and how responsive your ERP system is to handling the above four factors. In this white paper, we will explore how you can manage these four factors in planning for exceptions in your enterprise. Read More
 
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