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The History of Reporting Software - Part 2

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The second part of this history of reporting software traces the path from the precursors of reporting software to the first versions of the main reporting software packages and formats that we know today. 

The History of Reporting Software - Part 1

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From Crystal Reports to Spreadsheets, it may seem like reporting software has always been around. But that is not the case. Today we take a look at the early history of reporting software and tomorrow we take it further to the present day.

BPM Thought Leaders April 25, 2014


This week on the BPM Thought Leaders, we check in with Bill Kennedy of Energized Accounting, who works primarily with Canadian charities to streamline accounting processes and produce readable, engaging financial reporting. Bill writes on the Energized Accounting Blog about topics related to financial process management. He also provides a a great list of other Top Accountants to follow on Twitter. 

Business Intelligence Blog Round-up for April 24, 2014

Business Intelligence Blogs

First up this week we are taking a look at some of the work of Mark Gibbs. Mark is a long-time contributing editor and columnist at Network World. He has been a contributing editor for Forbes' Technobabble blog and was a contributing editor for CIO magazine. Outside of writing he served as CTO of Wallder Consulting and was the founder and CTO of Brand3. 

5 Types of Report Schedules for Logistics and SCM


In our continuing series looking into report schedules that are popular for specific industries we are going to take a look at logistics and supply chain management. The following report schedules can be very useful when applied in these industries and can lead to significant cost savings and higher levels of customer satisfaction.

5 Articles to Read Regarding Microsoft Sharepoint


Microsoft Sharepoint has become one of the most ubiquitous software packages in use in the corporate world. It's user-friendly nature and adaptability for everything from simple document sharing to content management and website hosting means that it will continue to be one of the most important collaboration tools in many organizations for many years to come. That is why today we have collected five articles dealing with Sharepoint that give some insight into its applications and users. 

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The Importance of Reporting for Business Process Optimization

Business Process Optimization

Business process optimization (BPO) is one of the key elements of business process management (BPM) and therefore should be included and taken into consideration when devising a BPM strategy. It is supported by a service-oriented architecture so it can be initiated from any of the following starting points, or as a combination of all of them:

BPM Thought Leaders April 18, 2014


Welcome to another edition of the BPM Thought Leaders series. This week we check in with Neil Nobie, COO and BPM Practice Leader for KEDARit Technologies, a professional services firm that delivers innovative lean thinking solutions to their clients. Neil writes regularly on the KEDARit blog, about various topics related to Process Management and Improvement. 

Business Intelligence Blog Round-up for April 17, 2014

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It’s official, business intelligence is at a transitional moment. It’s now less and less accurate to speak monolithically about BI as a whole, since there are now a wide variety of BI systems used for measurement and reporting, and an increasing number for analysis, prediction, forecasting, and optimisation. In ‘Analytics, Business Intelligence are Converging, nor Merging’, Drew Robb discusses how the increased need for analytics is not necessarily a challenge to more traditional business intelligence. For example, many companies still lack the skill sets needed to deploy more developed analytics, and so there is a new trend where tools that automate critical algorithms then automatically serve up visualisations and present patterns to users. 
As a result of these shifts in the industry, the field is tending towards balkanisation, with more established players such as Microsoft, SAP, SAS, IBM, and Oracle leaders the pack, but with newer startups such as Birst, Panorama, Alteryx and Pentaho quickly coming up. This was taken from Gartner’s recent ‘Magic Quadrant’ for business intelligence, which handily figures the major players in the BI world into groups. However the changes that are taking place pan out, what’s sure is that BI and analytics more proudly is one of the fastest growing and most prosperous areas of new technology. You can follow Drew Robb’s writings at the Enterprise Apps Today website.
Following up from there we are taking a look at developments in the world of cloud-based analytics, where we are seeing a shift to unstructured databases that provide rapid access to data when compared to legacy offerings from SAP and Oracle. In a piece where he takes a look at the newest startups in the data analytics space, Matthew Weinberger take a look at the emerging offerings in this market and talks about how dashboarding tools that display your data in an easily digestible format are making advances. 
Matthew is currently a news reporter with CITEworld where he covers cloud computer and enterprise IT. He has held previously held roles at ZDNet,, and was the cloud evangalist at Nebula. You can connect with Matthew on LinkedIn and on Google+


The Challenge of Report Distribution on Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices

Increasingly workers are spending more of their time using mobile devices rather than using desktops or workstations. While at home, during their commute to work over lunch and even while they are at their desks many people find the interfaces and operating systems of their mobile devices most pleasant to use. Thanks to the widespread adoption of BYOD, many people can customize their devices with apps that they enjoy using and enhance their productivity. Getting report-based information to your employees that include information such as financial data and charts can pose certain problems, some of which we have outlined below:

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