How to address decision fatigue and move ahead in business?


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What lessons can business learn from football analytics?


In football, the New England Patriots are an upper-middle-market organization in terms of market size, yet have won six Super Bowls in the past 20 years. sales strategy management & performance data analytics


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Strategies for making budgeting and planning more efficient


Every year, you grapple with a long, intense, and tedious budgeting process — and despite your best efforts, the final product isn’t always useful.

Phocas raises $45 million in capital raise


Business intelligence software company Phocas has raised one of the biggest rounds of 2021 so far, securing $45 million to fund the development of its data analytics products, as well as new financial products.

11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

KPIs vs. Metrics: 5 ways data analytics can help monitor performance


What is the difference between KPIs and metrics? Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), such as current revenue, are created to gauge performance. Metrics, such as monthly profit or loss, are for operational use and track tactical business activity.

5 reasons to get rid of your Excel budget template


It’s a familiar predicament for most business owners and their finance managers: once a year, you must collect, review, verify, correct, recheck, and save into a final spreadsheet file copious amounts of data. Business owners find themselves forced to redirect resources to this single task.

Phocas launches new budgeting software


For many, the budget process is a dreaded task or a necessary evil. Yet we also know an accurate budget is the backbone of a well-run organization. product updates financial statements budgeting and forecasting

Free business analytics software. Is it worth it?


“Free BI trial, business analytics software for free, free BI reporting”– these offers are tempting business people all the time especially as new players enter the market and want cut-through. business intelligence basics sales executive HR data analytics

What is variance? Plus other budgeting tips


Month-end close is a high-stress, intense time for your finance team. Each month they face a different challenge — whether it’s dealing with actual expenditures exceeding the budget or scrambling to gather the correct data from other departments in time.

What do customers want? and how to deliver


One of the biggest questions businesses have always faced and will continue to face in the future is: What do customers want ? sales strategy management & performance data analytics

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Use It, Save It, Or Lose It: Spring Cleaning for Information Governance

Speaker: Speakers Michelle Kirk of Georgia Pacific, Darla White of Sanofi, & Scott McVeigh of Onna

As an organization’s most valuable asset, data should be cared for and integrated, managed, archived, and deleted as appropriate. Join Onna, Georgia Pacific, and Sanofi for this on-demand webinar as they discuss proactive, practical steps for kicking off your organization's own digital cleanup.

[podcast] International Women's Day with Phocas board member Dr Michelle Deaker


International Women’s Day is important because it’s a time to reflect and celebrate growing diversity across business, tech and leadership. The theme for 2021 is #choosetochallenge which is a simple motto at Phocas.

Data-driven decisions help tire and auto service business increase efficiencies


The automotive industry is changing rapidly, and today tire and auto service businesses need to accurately and efficiently make important decisions to adapt. case study business intelligence basics wholesale distribution sales automotive decision-making dynamic reporting BI dashboards

3 simple steps to cross selling success


Buyer behaviour has changed – customers are more demanding and more empowered with technology, access to product reviews and information. sales data analytics

The food and beverage industry key metrics


From the apple orchard to the check-out, business intelligence (BI) uncovers opportunities and risks hidden in your product lifecycle and company performance. Industry - Food and Beverage Trends data visualizations

Increase your sales by asking these six questions


Business intelligence software allows you to interrogate various data sources depending on your job function or need. Let's consider the current objective to increase your sales and the criteria you need to know to make changes within your business. sales strategy management & performance

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Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

How to empower your team to make decisions


By empowering teams with actionable data, executives and managers enable their teams to make decisions that will increase sales, improve operational efficiency and become more effective. sales executive decision-making cross-selling data visualizations

How to achieve a seamless budgeting process


As a finance professional, you know all too well the labor-intensive task of budgeting each year. product updates financial statements dynamic reporting budgeting and forecasting

How to get beyond limited data analysis and reporting


Experienced business managers know that reliable data is a requirement for success. business intelligence basics executive dynamic reporting BI dashboards data visualizations

Collaborative solutions for companywide budget consolidation


If you ask businesspeople who get involved in the traditional budgeting process to describe the experience, we doubt many would say ‘collaborative’. finance financial statements dynamic reporting budgeting and forecasting

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

Just as the tech industry revolves around innovation, so does technical recruiting. To advance their career by attracting top candidates in a competitive landscape, modern recruiters must commit to actively adapting and advancing their hiring strategies. This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

Phocas and Mayer Group partner to provide data analytics to Acumatica ERP customers


Phocas Software announces a new partnership with Mayer Group, a leading-edge IT firm and Acumatica Gold certified partner. company updates Acumatica

Driving sales with ERP Data


ERP systems are the backbone of most mid-market companies and run critical business functions like operations, finance and sales. An ERP system is also a source of untapped insights and a boon for driving sales. Integrating a compatible data analytics tool will enable dynamic reporting.

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5 tips for Valentine's Day date happiness and beyond


We love Valentine's Day at Phocas. We see it as the benchmark for how we want our customers to feel every day. decision-making data analytics cross-selling

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How can wholesale food businesses increase sales?


The wholesale food industry is faced with many new challenges as a result of the pandemic, most notably a decline in demand for goods as hotels, restaurants, schools and sporting venues operate at a lower capacity.

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The Next-Generation Cloud Data Lake: An Open, No-Copy Data Architecture

A next-gen cloud data lake architecture has emerged that brings together the best attributes of the data warehouse and the data lake. This new open data architecture is built to maximize data access with minimal data movement and no data copies.

Midfix replaces static spreadsheets with on-demand dashboards


MIDFIX are experts in onsite and offsite supports for the mechanical and electrical industries, delivered through design, engineering, fabrication and industry training. They stock a wide and diverse range of products which are available for next day delivery across the UK.

5 ways to eliminate spreadsheet dependency with a new budgeting tool


For most finance teams, spreadsheets are the go-to resource for determining how well a business is performing. product updates financial statements dynamic reporting budgeting and forecasting

How can data analytics help janitorial and sanitary companies grow their business?


Having a clean living and working environment is paramount, which has only heightened since the onsite of the coronavirus. When it comes to sanitation and cleanliness, this cannot be taken for granted – especially as workspaces and homes need to meet specific safety standards.

Why spreadsheet reporting is killing your business


Microsoft Excel is frequently referred to as the number one business intelligence (BI) tool because it is one of the most commonly used applications. For smaller businesses, Excel is a useful tool for simple calculations and analysis.

How to Foster Data Culture (with Data Intelligence Technology!)

Speaker: Aaron Kalb, Co-Founder and CDAO at Alation

Watch Aaron Kalb, co-founder and CDAO at Alation, dive into the role of technology in shaping culture and show how a modern data catalog is helping innovative enterprises create thriving data cultures. Register for the webinar today!

Getting the most from your visual BI solution


Knowing how to get the most out of your visual business intelligence (BI) software is essential to your business’ success. It can transform your BI solution from just another business system to time-saving software.

BI vendor Phocas raises funds to build predictive analytics


With its eyes on expansion and predictive analytics product development, a veteran Australian-based BI vendor raised AUS$45 million in growth equity.

de Bono's Six Thinking Hats and decision-making with business intelligence


We tend to approach problem solving and decision-making with our instincts and through our personalities. In this blog, we review whether de Bono's Six Thinking Hats theory can be applied to modern decision-making and how it might be augmented with business intelligence.

A critical leadership quality is data-driven decision-making


There are so many articles and studies explaining the essential qualities of a good leader. However, there is one leadership quality that we believe sits above the rest, and that is decision-making. Timely, accurate and consistent decision-making sums up a modern leader.

Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

How data analytics can increase medical device sales


In a recent Bain survey , medtech executives ranked big data and analytics as the technology that will have the greatest impact on the industry over the next five years. health and medical trends data analytics cross-selling data visualizations

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Culture matters as Phocas scales up


Myles Glashier, our co-founder and co-CEO explains the evolution and development of Phocas on the popular podcast,'Scaling Up'. Myles chats with Ed Cowan about the story behind the data analytics business. The genesis for Phocas came when Myles was a backpacker in London and met ERP owner Paul Magee.

5 steps to become a great sales manager


Improving a sales team begins with improving the sales manager's ability to influence and empower the sales reps to higher success levels. Unfortunately, sales managers can get distracted, sorting out customer and team issues that they neglect their professional development as the team manager.

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5 ways data accuracy can improve profit


Making your business more profitable involves looking at ways to increase sales revenue, decreasing your costs and benchmarking. data analytics KPIs and metrics

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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.