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Data is the New Currency for Digital Transformation

Today’s business leaders know that data is important to execute their strategy. That’s true, but it’s still underestimating the importance of data. The information your business generates and accesses is not merely a tool for operational execution. It’s so essential to the success of a modern business that it must be handled as carefully and strategically as currency. Like finances, data requires the focused attention of the C-suite and the Board.

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Enterprise Digital Transformation

Big Data is likely to be a key element in the digital transformation taking hold in the enterprise, but there are still questions as to how it will influence future business processes and what steps to take now to ensure it provides optimal support in a fast-changing economy. Legacy IT is largely unprepared to meet the requirements of the new digital business: application cycle times measured in months, if not years; siloed infrastructure that prohibits organizations from viewing their data holistically; performance bottlenecks that impact end-user experience in a world that demands constant availability and response times; rigid architectures that force organizations to make forklift upgrades as requirements change; and traditional provisioning processes in which IT is often seen as a barrier rather than an enabler for the business. 

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Outgrowing Excel: Learning MicroStrategy with ECO

This month, ECO is doing a video series titled Outgrowing Excel, helping former Excel users get up to speed with tasks they are accustomed to in Excel.

If you’ve been feeling limited by Excel, and have been hearing about some of the other great business intelligence tools that are out there that offer better performance, reusability, greater access to data, and better visualizations, but have not figured out how to mimic some of the things you are used to in Excel, this is the series for you.

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Orlando Tech & Beer – June 29 – Allowing the Tech Community to Share Their Passions and Inspire Others

Orlando Tech & Beer is focused on connecting the Orlando tech community through the the simplest form of communication – a conversation. Our goal is to be interactive and allow technology, music and digital media enthusiasts to learn from other professionals, have questions answered in real-time, discover new tech, and hear stories that inspire. Orlando Tech & Beer is a platform for technology, creative and digital media professionals who wouldn’t normally cross paths to meet, collaborate, and learn about what their peers are doing in our own community.

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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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