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Topics: IoT & Analytics

December 13, 2018

Microsoft is a leader in BI and Analytics Platforms

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: CRM, IoT & Analytics

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: Manufacturing, IoT & Analytics

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: Energy, IoT & Analytics

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: Manufacturing, IoT & Analytics

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: Energy, IoT & Analytics

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: Energy, IoT & Analytics

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: Energy, IoT & Analytics

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 30, 2017

10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

DataCONNECT is a data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics that enables you to create a single source of validated company data you can trust.

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 26, 2017

How to Get Started with IoT

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small.

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

July 26, 2017

Is the Data Warehouse Dead?

For years, there have been a few technology pundits declaring the Data Warehouse to be a dying technology – to be killed off at any moment by “Big Data” and impressive new business analytics ...

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

April 11, 2017

Need historical data?

Typically, when companies buy a Dynamics 365 Implementation (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), detailed historical data is not pulled over into the new system.  There are several good reasons for this:

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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