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Pandera Introduces Agile Analytics, Taking the Agile Methodology to Whole New Levels

Over 60% of companies have become Agile, a method that was once used primarily for software development processes, but is now being used across the board, in areas such as marketing or human resources. With significant investments being made into adopting the Agile methodology, the big question is how do we know how those investments are really impacting the business?

Pandera is transforming the way companies use Agile by combining key executive goals, the Agile mindset, and analytics to drive change within the most important investment of a company: its people. This transformation of combining analytics with traditional Agile services will drive measurable change within a company’s human capital to drive realtime team productivity, velocity, quality and a team’s self-managing maturity. This method connects analytics with team performance in an Agile environment to truly drive the key measures of an enterprise.


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Pandera and REV Successfully Launch the First Orlando Tech & Beer Event

Last week, Pandera and REV co-sponsored the first Orlando Tech and Beer event, providing a platform for the local Orlando community to discuss and take action in accelerating the growth of technology and innovation in Orlando. Overall the event was a success, and attendees left satisfied not only with the great food and drinks, but with the connections and great conversations they had with other local technology advocates. Joshua Sutton, Pandera’s CEO, summed the event up by saying:

“Orlando Tech and Beer is about helping the tech community one conversation at a time. It’s about great people finding great opportunities, great leaders being amazing mentors, and innovators getting aligned with real support.”

We look forward to the next Orlando Tech and Beer on February 23rd, and hope that you can join us for food, beer, and great conversations amongst our local tech community.

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New Year. New Goals.

We all have new goals and resolutions for 2017, and Pandera’s goal is to help you revitalize your analytical tools this year. If your BI implementation is not meeting expectations, we’re offering a series of free assessments to help you revive your analytics.

We currently have several assessments to pick from, including:

  • Infrastructure Assessment – We’ll determine if cloud-based infrastructure is right for you.
  • BI Readiness Evaluation – We’ll help you understand issues affecting your BI performance.
  • Upgrade Assessment – We’ll provide a step-by-step guide to navigate you through this often complex process.
  • UI/UX Audit – We’ll evaluate usability, user experience, and visual design in your existing tools.

Head over to our free assessments page, pick an assessment to get started, and let us know how we can help you keep your 2017 analytics resolutions.

 

Finding Your Inner Unicorn: How Your Data Makes You Unique

There is a phrase in my home that my teenagers hear all too often…”don’t be a sheep”. Personally, I fully support free-range kids and try to raise them to be capable of vast independent thought, revolutionary ideas and leading the next generation into a higher level of understanding. I want them to be unicorns reaching beyond their perceived limits and understand how extraordinary they are and not blindly follow the pack. Yet, their response is almost always “can I go hang out with my friends now?” along with a series of eye rolls.

It doesn’t matter if we are discussing children, ourselves, or the companies that employ us, we all want to be seen as unique, yet fit in with the pack. I am frequently asked “what do you see others doing in this space” or “how different are we than others you have worked with”. The reality is, each industry has very similar key performance metrics to measure operational, financial, and regulatory compliance. So if we are all measuring the same things, how do we turn ourselves from sheep into unicorns?

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Improving BI Usability through Improved Information Presentation

In the first article in the series, “Any Fool Can Know. The Point is to Understand” we discussed how utilizing an Information Centric Approach can improve decision making capabilities. Now we will discuss how information presentation design fosters insight.
Many companies’ BI solution design still feature a very hierarchical, structured information presentation, which can disrupt people’s natural analytical methodology and hinder their path to insight. Rethinking the display methodology, to both prioritize the information, and to emphasize issue identification, validation and investigation significantly improves overall usability, and retained knowledge. This need to focus is further magnified, as users increasingly access and consume this information on mobile devices.

A mature, fully functional BI system is able to apply analytics to transform large amounts of data into information, providing insight and spawning action. As a Retail Practice Advisor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of companies at different points along their BI maturity lifecycle, and have seen many struggle with efficiently transforming information into knowledge.

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MicroStrategy World 2016: Meet Our Industry Practice Advisors Team

Before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it.
- Albert Einstein

Pandera Advisory Services is committed to providing industry expertise and a proven collaborative approach to successful execution of our client’s initiatives. Primed with years of industry acumen and successful technology implementations, the Pandera Advisory team enables the execution of strategic solutions focused on operational process improvement while managing cost, scalability and usability.

Pandera Practice Advisors enable the delivery of complex and multifaceted solutions in today’s intricate business environment requiring innovative integration strategies that understand the ongoing interplay between business and an ever evolving technical environment. Understanding your business while mitigating regulatory and compliance constraints, shifting business priorities and strong political cultures, our advisor team brings the right mix of industry insight, technical expertise and user adoption strategies to position organizations to remain agile in a world of ever changing needs.

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The 5 Main Reasons Your Enterprise Projects Could Fail

Projects can fail in your organization more frequently than you would like to think or admit. There can be many factors leading to project failure, but there are a few recurring reasons in almost every project that leads to failure. These common pain points can originate from the start of a project and should be considered red flags.

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Improving BI Capabilities Using an Information Centric Approach

Delivering actionable information to improve decision making capabilities, should be an implicit and fundamental goal of any Business Intelligence initiative. In my role as Retail Practice Advisor, I have seen many companies fall well short of this goal, largely due to their underlying approach.

Companies need to consider, and approach, BI as an enabling technology and seek to integrate all available data and develop the relevant analytics, unfettered by their existing reporting portfolio. Utilizing an information centric approach to guide the design, measurements and solution architecture enables quantum advances in business insight and analytic capabilities.

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Building Grids in MicroStrategy Visual Insight Dashboards

This video is a quick introduction to using Visual Insight to build grids in your MicroStrategy v10 dashboards. Check it out, share it with your end users, and keep an eye out for what’s to come from Pandera Training in 2016! And if you want to see this kind of video with your own data, or if you have any questions and want to learn more, send us a message!