Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Data Lake vs Data Warehouse

The Modern Data Estate: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse A modern data estate should provide multiple methods of ingesting and storing the various data that businesses generate. Data comes at us fast and ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Budgeting – FP&A After Microsoft Forecaster

Microsoft Forecaster was a great tool for companies with relatively simple budgeting and forecasting needs. It was popular with users who primarily had been trying to manage these processes with ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM, ERP, Manufacturing

Key Technology Trends for Equipment Manufacturers

As equipment manufacturers find themselves in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, one thing is certain: Change is an undeniable constant. The industry continues to experience change across ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Data Estate Defined for Automotive Manufacturers

There’s been a lot of talk for many years about the significant value of data to the corporation, specifically to automotive suppliers. So much so that we often hear experts state how data is the new ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Steps to Migrate Your Legacy Data to Dynamics 365

Harvesting enterprise data is central to how organizations compete, and even survive, as industries transform digitally. Yet, as companies grow and technologies shift, managing data has become an ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Where’s My Stuff? How ManufacturingCONNECT for Logistics Can Help Manage Your Global Supply Chain

If you’re a manufacturer in a global supply chain and you order a finished product or components from across the globe, then you know there is about a month of time where you really don’t know the ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

The Modern Data Estate: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse

A modern data estate should provide multiple methods of ingesting and storing the various data that businesses generate. Data comes at us fast and in many forms. These different forms can include ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Reduce Supply Chain Disruption with IoT and Analytics

Reducing the risk of supply chain disruptions As the threat of disruption has increased recently, companies are pressured to ask if their supply chain is ready for the next event, pushing them to ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

6 Best Practices in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Most CFOs are not happy with their Financial Planning and Analysis process, believing it delivers too little value and can eat up too many resources. As a result, they often ask “what best practices ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, ERP

What is RPA? Robotic Process Automation Explained

More executives are turning to an emerging technology practice called robotic process automation (RPA), to streamline operations and reduce costs. With RPA, businesses can automate tedious, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

How a Financial Planning & Analysis Solution Can Impact Your Business

About a year ago, a survey of finance officers found that a financial planning & analysis (FP&A) solution was at the top of their list of key finance processes. It beat strategic planning, ...

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How to Easily Migrate and Access Your Historical Data

When companies invest in a Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations implementation (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), they are faced with decision of whether to move their previous data into their new system. Some ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Is the Data Warehouse a Zombie?

In honor of Halloween this year, we’re going to help answer the question of whether or not data warehouses can be considered zombies these days. For years, there have been a few technology pundits ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

Is DataCONNECT a wise investment for your organization? Well first off, what is DataCONNECT?  Have you ever thought to yourself, 'I can't make any sense of this data' or, 'how can we actually ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Field Service

5 Ways to Increase Technician Efficiency at Remote Facility Locations

Getting the right technician, with the right tools and resources, to the right job, at the right time, can be complicated. But the success of those processes is vital for any field service operation. ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

How to Get Started with Internet of Things (IoT)

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are taking the manufacturing world by storm. Back in 2017, at the Industry of Things World conference, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Field Service, Energy

3 Trends Helping Oil & Gas Companies Protect and Grow Field Service Revenue

Leading oil & gas companies have taken many steps towards cost reductions to help their bottom line. Steps like, streamlining organizational design, reducing head count, renegotiating contracts, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

How IoT & Connected Devices are Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

The expansion of smart devices has reached a level that no one can ignore. Devices with wireless connectivity are more present in people’s homes today than not. But smart technology has some heritage ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

Manufacturing Field Service: How to Increase Technician Profitability by 25%

The goals of field service software are to get the right technician, with the right tools to the right job at the right time. This will help increase technician efficiency and improve customer ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

How Mobility and IoT are Transforming Field Service in Manufacturing

Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are transforming the way companies operate. Manufacturers that are willing to embrace modern technology, such as field service software, will transform the roles ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM, Manufacturing, Field Service, Energy

Connected Field Service: 6 Reasons Manufacturers Transition from “Regular” Field Service Software

What’s the difference between Connected Field Service and “regular” Field Service Software? The simple answer is Internet-connected (IoT) devices. These devices allow manufacturers to remotely ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing, Field Service

The Difference Between Field Service & Connected Field Service

If field service is an integral part of your day-to-day business and optimizing your field service operations is a main responsibility, then connected field service should be the next step for your ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM, ERP

Using the Microsoft Power Platform to Increase Innovation

Read how you can use Dynamics 365 and Office 365 together for greater efficiency.

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Business Analytics in Manufacturing: Why it’s Critical

Recent years have seen an explosion of new business technologies, making it clear to us that we’re living in a digitally transformed world. This is particularly true for business analytics and ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

How to Stop Chasing Your Data: Microsoft Power BI

According to a recent IDC study, data professionals waste half their time finding, protecting and preparing data. That leaves very little time for analyzing and interpreting report findings.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Business Intelligence Solutions: Microsoft Power BI vs IBM Cognos

Modern Business Intelligence (BI) solutions can be a very powerful game-changer for companies that embrace a culture of Analytics, however, navigating this newer tech can sometimes be overwhelming. ...

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Gartner positions Microsoft as a leader in BI and Analytics Platforms for ten consecutive years

Across various industries and organizations, it is recognized that opportunity comes with a fast and effective analytics and data visualization tool. Business intelligence (BI) is a must for ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM

Business Analytics for Field Service: How to Gain Actionable Insight

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service comes with some great tools for measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) like:

Topics: IoT & Analytics

How To Select the Right Business Analytics Tools

Organizations are drowning in data. Business analytics tools provide a way to create order out of chaos, transform confusion into clarity, and turn information into insight. Analytics enables ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

How Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers

A challenge that seems to be universal within the manufacturing industry is deciding on technology and which advances to make. Because there are so many options to implement and grow your business, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

Tired of SAP BusinessObjects? We can help you migrate.

Business Intelligence (BI) is a necessity for companies to gain a competitive advantage in their markets. Does your Business Intelligence system provide immediate access to information to let you ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Manufacturers

In recent years, the term ‘cloud’ has made quite an impact in our lives and in our businesses. But for the manufacturing industry, it is just now starting to make its debut with more and more ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Let’s See the Data: Data Visualization 101

Data Visualization is an essential aspect of business analytics projects. It provides clients and users clarifying answers to their business questions. On the surface, data visualization can appear ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

Increasing Oil & Gas Production with Machine Learning & IoT

Increasing Oil & Gas Production What is the best way for an oil & gas company to increase energy production? A. More oil wells or pumping rigs? B. More refineries? C. More people & resources? D. ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

4 Tech Trends Boosting Oil & Gas Companies

In a previous MCA Connect blog, we reviewed 4 best practices for oil and gas companies. One of the best practices recommended for the oil & gas industry was to develop a digital transformation road ...

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How Business Intelligence Can Help Your Organization

What is Business Intelligence (BI)? Data can seem overwhelming because there is such a high volume of it. Our storage capacity has gone from megabytes to gigabytes to terabytes, all the way to ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

Blockchain Use Cases for Oil & Gas Companies

Blockchain is an emerging technology that could very well become a major disruptor in many industries, but particularly in an industry like the energy sector that has a lot of complexity and security ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

How Business Intelligence Helps Oil & Gas Executives

If you want your energy company to run like a well-oiled machine, one of the best investments you can make is in business intelligence.

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

Use of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry

Recently we talked about blockchain in the oil & gas industry, and the next logical question is…

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Energy

Is Blockchain the Next Disruptor for Oil & Gas?

Blockchain is an emerging technology that could very well become a major disruptor in many industries, but particularly in an industry like the energy sector that has a lot of complexity and security ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Get Familiar with Power BI for your Business

Microsoft Power BI is a hot topic right now. The Power BI Desktop business analytics visualization tool is free to use. Upgrading to Power BI Premium gives you true enterprise-wide insight. With ...

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Business Analytics Trends Fueling Manufacturing Growth

As a company that has long specialized in implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics for manufacturing companies, it’s exciting to see all the new opportunities coming from our business analytics ...

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How will IoT & Analytics Impact Manufacturing?

This article was originally published in Industry Week, click here to read original article.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

How to Get Started with IoT

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small. Internet of Things (IoT) devices are taking the manufacturing world by storm. At Industry of Things World 2017, we were proud to take ...

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Making the Case for Business Analytics

If you’re still running monthly reports and poring over Excel spreadsheets to find the insight hidden in the numbers, you’re working too hard – and worse, you’re missing opportunities to help your ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

Understanding your Power BI Deployment Options

Power BI is cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to build your own BI dashboard using data from a variety of sources. The solution can also be available on-premise through the Power ...

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Trends Giving Manufacturing Execs Shop Floor Insight

In a rivalry as old as time, management and workers each think they know what’s REALLY going on in a manufacturing plant. The manufacturing management team has business analytics and dashboards. ...

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2017 Industry of Things World Keynote Recording

MCA Connect was proud to present the Keynote Recording along with Microsoft and Dell Technologies at the 2017 Industry of Things World Conference in San Diego. Watch the 30-minute recording to learn ...

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Defining Business Analytics

What is business analytics? How does it differ from business intelligence? What ARE data cubes? New words and phrases keep popping up to explain these complex concepts. Let’s talk about terminology ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, CRM

The Trouble With Data Cubes

Data cubes are a vital part of today’s business analytics landscape. In geometry, a cube is 3-dimensional. In technology, data cubes can be multi-dimensional. Data cube technology allows users to ...

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Microsoft’s Future Manufacturing Vision Is Here

TWELVE BILLION DOLLARS $12B – this is the latest figure for Microsoft’s annual spend on R&D In 2010 Microsoft imagined a manufacturing future where workers collaborated seamlessly across time-zones, ...
  

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