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March 2014

BI Case Study: Data Management and Analytics Platform

By Plaster Group’s Business Intelligence Team Challenge Our client – a major non-profit healthcare provider – lacked a central platform for the aggregation and analysis of data necessary to develop essential business strategies. Their data analysis systems relied on their analysts’ ability to correctly seek out and use disparate tools to retrieve and analyze relevant data. The resulting disparity in both technologies and process often resulted in contradictory data. Consequently, managers and executives were presented with several versions of the “truth” and were unable to make reliable decisions regarding the company’s direction. Additionally, newly hired analysts were required to learn a daunting number of platforms and processes, an added cost and frustration for our client.

SharePoint Consulting: Minimizing SharePoint Upgrade Risk

By Plaster Group’s Business Solutions From our Enterprise Content Management Case Study: Regression Testing and User Training Minimizes SharePoint Upgrade Risk for a Local Non-Profit. Comprehensive support provides efficient solutions throughout implementation of a complex platform upgrade from planning, to testing, to training. Challenge: A Seattle-based non-profit organization with a large, complex SharePoint 2007 implementation planned to upgrade to SharePoint 2010. Even with careful planning, integrated applications across the entire organization (including custom and third party products) would be affected and potentially impact everyone’s day-to-day productivity. To determine the effects, a large regression testing effort was required.

What is Power BI and How Much Does It Cost?

by Michael Lisen, Plaster Group Last month Microsoft released its newest Business Intelligence (BI) offering called Power BI. With this offering, Microsoft has made some in-roads in the creation of a coherent BI solution for its customers.  While it is great to see Microsoft making progress trying to unify BI offering, Power BI is in reality an evolutionary rebranding of old components (with an umbrella name “Power BI”) rather than a revolutionary new BI solution.

Plaster Group March 2014 Newsletter

Our March 2014 Newsletter is hot of the press! This is a great read for Business Intelligence professionals. Want to know what it takes to be a great Agile coach? Read Plaster Group consultant Grant Beck’s article Coaching Agile: A Multi-modal Approach (and check out our our new Agile Transformation practice area!) Interested in the comparisons between different Big Data platforms? Check out our consultant Jay Gardner’s article Big Data – What are the Tradeoffs? This newsletter also features our newest BI case study: Building a Data Management and Analytics Platform for Leading Healthcare Provider. Click here to read and download a PDF!