Topics: IoT & Analytics

July 15, 2020

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

June 23, 2020

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

June 10, 2020

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

June 03, 2020

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

January 30, 2020

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

December 16, 2019

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

November 13, 2019

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, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

November 08, 2019

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

October 31, 2019

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

September 30, 2019

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

August 05, 2019

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

July 17, 2019

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

June 11, 2019

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

May 23, 2019

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

May 16, 2019

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

April 18, 2019

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

April 01, 2019

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

March 19, 2019

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

March 06, 2019

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

March 01, 2019

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

February 25, 2019

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

February 15, 2019

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. ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

December 13, 2018

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

December 11, 2018

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

December 10, 2018

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

November 12, 2018

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

October 22, 2018

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

August 14, 2018

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

July 30, 2018

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

July 16, 2018

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

June 20, 2018

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

June 12, 2018

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

May 24, 2018

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

May 10, 2018

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

March 08, 2018

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

February 27, 2018

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

February 22, 2018

Budgeting – FP&A After Microsoft Forecaster

Microsoft Forecaster was a great tool for companies with relatively simple budgeting and forecasting needs. Now that Microsoft Forecaster is discontinued, many companies are actively looking for a ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

January 18, 2018

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

December 14, 2017

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

November 15, 2017

How will IoT & Analytics Impact Manufacturing?

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

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 26, 2017

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 09, 2017

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

August 31, 2017

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

August 04, 2017

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. ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

June 21, 2017

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

April 20, 2017

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

April 11, 2017

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 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

June 13, 2016

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, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

January 04, 2016

Lean, Microsoft Dynamics AX and the Internet of Things

One of the big “buzzwords” in the past couple of years is “the internet of things” or IoT. IoT joins that elite group of breakthrough ideas popularized as “this changes everything.” In fact the ...

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