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Can You Monitor and Predict Issues in Your BI Environment Before They Happen?

All too often, companies invest in extensive BI programs and initiatives, only to find repeated unresolved core issues and lack of user adoption and engagement. As their systems and environment grows, administration and maintenance demand goes up exponentially. New tools are added which drives up complexities and adds to the noise of managing a multi-channel reporting environment. How can you find a way to accurately measure all of your tools and users to get a true health check on your environment? How can you cut through the noise to proactively maintain your analytics ecosystem?

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Customizing Mobile Authentication with the MicroStrategy iOS SDK

As companies increasingly use MicroStrategy Mobile, they may need the ability to customize authentication on the app. The MicroStrategy Mobile SDK has several methods open for this, but very few samples to explain how to use them. We will show how you can intercept the user’s credentials and change them on the client side before passing them to the mobile server. Specifically, we will be passing the user-entered credentials to a third-party to retrieve a SAML token, which we then pass to a custom MicroStrategy task to validate. Once validated, this task returns the MicroStrategy credentials back to the application, which will take over with out-of-the-box functionality.

Once a custom MicroStrategy Mobile project has been set up in XCode, you will need to make a custom Application Delegate as described in the MicroStrategy Developer Zone. The below shows what the header and implementation files will look like for this.

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Experiential Learning: The Best Way to Learn New Technical Skills

How did you learn to walk? If you are having trouble remembering, it’s likely because you never sat with a book in front of you that outlined in technical detail the process of walking. You learned through trying, falling, trying again, and experiencing walking first hand. This is the way we learn, the way we commit things long term to memory. It’s called experiential learning.

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How Do You Connect the Pieces to Support Your Agile Teams?

Being able to see your Agile portfolio grow and mature into self-managing, flexible teams who meet business demands is the core goal when you decided to invest in transforming your organization with the Agile mindset. Pandera has created Agile Analytics to bring critical Agile KPIs, allowing you to see your ROI on the Agile transformation at a glance, while delivering tangible results that provide better coaching and training for your teams.

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Our Clients & Partners Share Their Success Stories at MicroStrategy World 2017

As Platinum Sponsors for MicroStrategy World 2017, Pandera’s impact on the business intelligence community will be felt at all corners of the conference. We’re particularly proud of how many of our clients and partners – the largest reach of any company at MicroStrategy World – have been selected as featured presenters this year, to share their success stories with the MicroStrategy community. We feel this perfectly highlights Pandera’s mission to empower businesses on the MicroStrategy platform with the tools to innovate and succeed.

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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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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 and business intelligence strategy.

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.

 

Visual Storytelling: Best Practices for Data Visualization & Dashboard Design

If a picture is worth a thousand words, one can imagine what the strategic use of good data visualization is worth in analytical toolsets. Data visualizations tell a more complete story in a dashboard than simply displaying raw data, so it’s important to use them effectively to support business objectives and data-driven decision making. Data visualizations should always simplify and clarify information, and be presented within the context of the user’s workflow, while avoiding confusing the viewer or leading to mistaken data interpretation.

Pandera’s Visual Sciences & Innovation team has released a whitepaper covering understanding the dashboard’s users, choosing the right visualization types, optimizing typography, and using colors strategically to tell a story through data. We’ve even included some examples of common dashboard design patterns to help you get started!

Download the Data Visualization & Dashboard Design Best Practices whitepaper here.

 

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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