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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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Pandera is Hosting an Agile Fundamentals Certification Training in Orlando

Orlando, FL | April 24 – 26

Agile Software Development methodologies are being widely adopted by technology organizations and other knowledge-based work. Agile Software Development methodologies have a reputation for being deceptively simple yet difficult to master. This course is designed to walk learners through the underlying mindset shift needed to be Agile, not just do Agile.

This hands-on, scenario based training will walk technology and business professionals through Agile Software Development methodologies and help attendees master the program. Those interested in taking advantage of early registration can sign up here and use discount code AgilePandera20 for a 20% discount.

Agile Fundamentals is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all learning objectives in the Agile Fundamentals track. After successful completion of this course, you can apply for the ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) certification. To be eligible for certification consistent attendance in the full three days of this course is required.

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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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What if?

So much of what we do in healthcare is about the “what if’s”—the educated guess, or even better, the SWAG. Facts we know to be true today prove to be unfounded tomorrow. More and more data becomes available on a daily basis as we improve technical proficiencies to disseminate the pieces and parts of how and why the human body works. It is a never-ending circle of evaluation and discovery.

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Could It Really Be That Easy?

We have a client who has his motto, “Make it easy, make it awesome”. This motto is clearly posted in every one of his urgent care clinics, visible to staff and patients alike. The first time I saw it, my immediate thought was, “Yeah, right.” I work in the field of health IT. Given the complexities of Meaningful Use, Accountable Care, patient privacy, population management, and patient qualities initiatives, do you seriously think anything is going to be easy? And I can’t even fathom awesome.

I have always preferred the phrase, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” and was having a difficult time reconciling the two seemingly divergent positions in my mind. Is it even reasonable to expect a health IT system, with the constant challenge of disparate data integration issues, lack of standard terminology, and competing government agendas to be “easy”?

If it were easy, everyone would already be doing it, right? Shouldn’t we be constantly innovating, challenging our users to push the envelope, to think outside the box?

After spending time with our client and watching his team work, it hit me. Maybe, I was missing the point. Maybe, we spend too much time pushing the envelope and we forget what the vast majority of our users really want. They want an easy way to answer the simple questions. They want the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “why” of healthcare.

It starts off innocently. We are asked by a user to build a simple metric to define a patient population based on specific criteria, but then we become our own worst enemy. What about this data exception? Wouldn’t it be cool if we could show this? But department “X” only wants to see things in a certain format. Can we build an interface for them in case they need access too?

All are questions that we could answer, but everything can quickly spiral out of control. One question, leads to another and we are suddenly complicating a simple question into a complicated algorithm that only a PhD statistician can decipher.

By accepting this self-imposed “challenge” to push the envelope we have taken the simple request, and quickly turned it into a 23-page requirement document and five-screen dashboard that needs a training tutorial and help desk backup to navigate. We still didn’t answer the simple question.

What if we turned the tables and started off answering the easy questions first? What if we empower our users to answer their own simple questions? What would health IT look like if we challenged ourselves to create an easy data framework of who, what, when, and why and then put it in the hands of our clients? Chances are the results would be pretty awesome.

Pandera Cruise 2014!

The Pandera team works hard and plays hard! We all had a great time on the open seas enjoying the cruise to Bahamas. With offices all over the country, we rarely have the opportunity to get all of our team members together. As a rapidly growing company it is essential for us to spend time with new and distant team members. This gives us a chance to learn about our coworkers’, share some laughs, and make some fun memories to brighten up our workdays. Our leadership team understands the importance of combining all of our brainpower to push toward innovative solutions. We were spoiled by some exceptional meals, Royal Caribean spa treatment, fun in the sun, a day at the Cove Atlantis waterpark, and evening at Senor Frogs. Now that our sunburns have faded, we have returned feeling refreshed, motivated, and more united.

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Pandera is Going International!

We are going global! We have expanded our professional services beyond the US market by joining one of the fastest growing and largest economies: China. We were fortunate to visit China and enjoy its culture, people, cuisine, and surroundings. We would like to thank CiMing CheckUp, China Pacific Insurance, China Unicom, and China Telecom for their hospitality and giving us the opportunity to visit them!

In an effort to help these businesses learn more about Big Data, BI Analytics, and Enterprise Decision Automation, we presented our strategic BI roadmap, led by Steven Dong. We explained our innovative solutions for gathering and organizing big data to create business alignment and improve performance for organizational success. Our solutions are designed for the widest array of devices for constant access into critical analytics. By the completion of our visit, some of China’s largest organizations gained better understanding and appreciation on the value that Pandera’s Enterprise Decision Automation solutions can deliver.

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