April 7th, 2015
As far as data integration goes, once you have all the data centralized in a primary data source, it's time to actually present that data to those that need it to make business decisions. And of course, we ideally want there to be minimal effort on our client's programmers, to make the process easier.
Oracle Business Intelligence
OBI is primarily for the medium to large organizations, based on both pricing and capabilities. They can be organizations in the commercial sector, or the public sector.
The OBI dashboard has extensive features. Many people in medium and large organizations need to generate reports in Microsoft Word or Excel formats, so that is one of the features available.
OBI is all about going to the data source and pulling in the information needed. It's great for people and organizations that have prefer paper reports.
Of course, we've discussed Multipeers in past articles. It's definitely for the small and medium sized market.
Multipeers is very visual. It's all about showing the results on the screen, rather than printing. In addition to mobile device interfaces, it also has the capability to be viewed on a larger screen, in a slideshow-type format. It could be used at trade shows, or in a lobby.
Multipeers uses push technology for real time data.
Using these two tools, we're able to appeal to both the visual types that love to really drill down into a report, as well as those that prefer paper reports. Best of all, there's typically minimal effort in programming, while the presentation of the business information can result in both saving and making a lot of money for the organization.
February 17th, 2015
What do we do with all this data? It seems to be coming from everywhere and there's more of it than ever before. Each day we're making thousands of terabytes of new data. If only integrating it all was as easy as pushing a button! But it isn't.
Let’s take a look at where this new data comes from and some of the problems it causes.
The Driving Force of Data
Organizations continue to collect more and more data. Whether it's from internal systems such as core operating systems, users, external digital marketing sources, or ERP - there is more data now than ever. As executive-level initiatives create more data collection points, data silos need to be built to hold said data. The problem arises when the executives still want quick answers from all of this data regarding their business performance, which means data has to reside in the mission critical systems for quick access.
What executives don't always understand is the reality - that this data is from heterogeneous sources and it's located in different places. From core operational sources, to ERP, to supply chain, to social media and even places as simple as Excel, Access and SQL server - it's sometimes a fragmented mess!
Some organizations will still perform a few or all of these archaic and so-called data integration methods.
- Copying production databases or large database subsets is cumbersome and maintenance intensive.
- FTP is extremely maintenance intensive and antiquated. I.T. personnel, in job security mode, sometimes manually move data on a daily basis which is impractical in the 21st century and not to mention expensive.
- I.T. personnel creating scripts using rudimentary batch scripting languages at the operating system level is not a feasible solution either.
- Some organizations still maintain redundant sources of data essentially eroding any single source of truth.
With all these fragmented systems, businesses eventually figure out how to survive via survival systems and begin extracting data into more data sources such as Excel spreadsheets just so they can achieve somewhat of a consolidated view for identifying trends in business performance. All that effort is rarely a repeatable process for the next business cycle. If the organization doesn’t have the computer-savvy staff that can download and extract data, then pull it into Excel or Access, they have no other option but to live with partial chunks of data that cannot be related or integrated.
Fortunately, there are options available to help with these types of situations. If you’d like to talk more about what’s available, feel free to contact us for more information, and to answer any questions you have.
January 6th, 2015
Microsoft Works. Jumbo Shrimp. Clearly Misunderstood. Business Intelligence. What do all of these have in common? They are all oxymorons. But, business intelligence doesn’t have to be one. Let’s take a look at business intelligence and how it can help you.
You may not think you need it. Your business may be small enough or simple enough that you think you don’t even have business intelligence. But the truth is, all SMB owners have some form of business intelligence even if they can’t yet identify it. You may not know what you’re losing - missed opportunities, lost revenue, unmeasured KPIs, etc. But elite organizations know how vital these points are to become successful.
First of all, what is Business Intelligence? It’s a set of techniques and tools used to transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes. The goal of business intelligence is to allow easy interpretation of large volumes of data to help identify both new opportunities and areas that can be improved.
One of the key aspects of business intelligence is key performance indicators or KPIs. KPIs are an easy way to evaluate the success or failure of an organization or a particular activity in which it engages. Simply put, KPIs are a way to measure success or failure using a set of predetermined goals. KPIs should be done on a department to department basis and sometimes even on an individual employee basis. KPIs inside a department determine if they are successful and they then roll up into larger goals for the business to help determine the overall health of the company. However, KPIs alone aren’t all you need - you also need the ability to interpret the data. KPIs don’t do much good if your employees don’t understand them, even if you and management does.
How can you make business intelligence successful? That’s where we come in. We can talk with you about BI, KPIs and discuss the tools and programs that can help your business. One of our favorite tools is Oracle. They have a large selection of business intelligence tools - web based with dashboards, flexible charts and reporting, and it ties into virtually any system. Programs like this are usually for medium to large businesses but there are versions suitable for SMBs as well.
We can help guide you through the different options available to help your business grow. Feel free to contact us to learn more or to get started on business intelligence for your business!
May 29th, 2013
In fast-paced environments like manufacturing, reporting can be a pain. Isolated systems for control, accounting, order entry, and QA lead to a lot of manual work and prevent business owners from having an comprehensive real-time view of their business.
Problems aren't identified until days (or weeks!) after they've occurred and opportunities to increase efficiency are overlooked because staff are focused on just getting the reports produced instead of performing meaningful analysis.
Thankfully, an affordable solution is available.
A better solution
In the past, the solution for automated, real-time reporting was to invest in an expensive, integrated ERP software package. However, these systems are normally cumbersome and take even more investment to be closely shaped to the business' needs. Even then, they rarely match exact needs.
Rather than deal with the burden and hassle of an integrated system, most manufacturing businesses choose to use several independent systems, and compromise with the loss of global, real-time reporting.
Multipeers provides a solution that gives businesses the best of both worlds – the flexibility and cost savings of independent systems paired with the reporting power of a completely integrated system.
Middleware to the rescue
Multipeers is a powerful middleware package that can bring together reporting information from each independent system in real-time. It gives business owners an immediate global view of their business activity.
The automation provided by Multipeers also does away with much of the work needed to cobble together spreadsheets with reports from different systems and frees up staff to do other, more high-value work.
But where Multipeers really excels is its detection and reaction capabilities. Since events are tracked in real time, alerts can be configured to highlight critical issues. Maybe inventory replenishment isn't keeping up with sales or cost-per-unit doubled in the last hour. Everyone who needs to know about the issue can be notified and there's even workflow capability to make sure the appropriate employees follow up and take action.
If you've been struggling with reporting and are looking for a single point of control for all your business' activities, Multipeers can deliver.
December 10th, 2012
In the fast-paced, breakneck speed of business today, having information on demand is vital, and decisions need to be made quickly and intelligently.
However, if you can't access the real-time look at your company's business profile or can't give up-to-the-minute data, you may be missing out. What's more, business intelligence software can be more expensive than you were prepared for and takes a lot of focus and effort.
The build time for your IT employees to take information from the dashboard to create a thorough look at how the company is performing could take longer than you expect as well.
"It can take six to twelve months for companies to put together a dashboard. In addition, if you ask for IT for a report, it can take a week or two, and once IT develops it, the information is outdated," said Alan Sheppard, owner of LSG Solutions.
It's time for a solution that makes information useful and accessible quickly while communicating in an effortless manner.
Offered through LSG Solutions, Multipeers is software that ensures that critical information can be accessed anywhere and anytime using a mobile device or desktop. Users and key executives can quickly and easily see a real-time picture of the performance of a business in a way that's organized and easily managed.
What does Multipeers do?
Imagine having all the business information you need delivered to your mobile device or computer when it happens. Not only is all the important data delivered in a rich graphical manner that allows for easy analyzing, it also quickly creates data visualizations out of any database - outside and inside the system - to give access to metrics, data and other information.
Additionally, those same business indicators can be shared.
"Multipeers can act as a communications tool," said Sheppard. "It can send alerts to groups, and you can add a real-time ticker that shares information as it happens. With the dashboard communications, Mulitpeers prompts users to order, fix a problem and take corrective action."
And the program ensures no drag on the IT department. The program is easily installed and requires no previous training. It can be used with PCs, Linux, Macs, as well as Apple’s iOS and Android mobile platforms.
"Our niche is small to medium-sized companies who have failed to implement or have no business intelligence software," Sheppard said. "They have a 200 headcount business and may or may not have the ability to present a real-time view of their business. They can see metrics they didn't know they could get in real time, and IT departments like it because it's easy to manage and doesn't take a week to create a report."
Multipeers offers a system that does it better, faster, easier and cheaper than the other business intelligence software on the market with an easy communication aspect that allows you to get vital information out with quick results.
"It's the easiest solution out there," said Sheppard.
Do you need better business intelligence software? Contact us to see if Multipeers is the right solution for you.
February 1st, 2011
LSG Solutions, L.L.C., a professional services firm specializing in the integration and implementation of technology-focused business solutions, has joined IT PEERS' sales and delivery channel as a premium partner. IT PEERS' products focus on company accountability down to the customer data level. MULTIPEERS resolves the 10+ year old web issue of passive self-service software solutions that do not effectively push data out to key decisions makers and operations. DATAPEERS addresses the fact that too many companies are mishandling their sensitive back-office and customer data. Alan Sheppard, LSG President along with Mark Musser, Director of Business Development, believe IT PEERS solutions will create a new standard of communication, accountability and security for its customers and surrounding market.
Per Sheppard, "Organizations require better visibility into their performance than todays adopted technologies". MULTIPEERS removes the transparency and visibility barriers decision makers face by providing an integrated view of multiple data sources via a rich dashboard for the desktop and mobile devices. IT PEERS products allow businesses:
- to monitor, in real-time, company performance
- collect transactional feedback on business events, employee communication, etc.
- improve governance and accountability
- simply integrate within your current heterogeneous IT infrastructure
“We are very excited to join forces with LSG Solutions and Alan’s team. They have a great history of success in the area and are exactly the partner for this type of leading edge technology. Their customers and references attest to the professionalism and capabilities the team offers. This team along with DATAPEERS and MULTIPEERS products will provide a new and refreshing offering to the companies they serve and new markets in the region”. Said Jeff Seabloom, SVP, IT PEERS.
About LSG Solutions
LSG Solutions, L.L.C. is a professional services firm specializing in the integration and implementation of technology-focused business solutions centered on ITPEERS, Oracle and Microsoft enterprise software solutions. LSG Solutions is a Microsoft and Oracle Gold Certified Partner along with a Premium ITPEERS working partnership, serving both public and private sectors. Besides offering superior IT services, LSG Solutions offers small business software hosting, database remote control and other packaged offerings. To learn more about LSG Solutions and its new ITPEERS offering, please visit: www.lsgsolutions.com/itpeers
Contact Us via email or call Alan Sheppard at (405) 285-2500.