With a new year around the corner, it is worth considering the common strategies and tactics that the world’s best companies have adopted to maintain their positions at the top of the pile. Whether Apple, Google or Wal-Mart, or Air New Zealand, Fonterra or Trade Me, these organisations have several similarities in their approaches to success. Check them out – and ask yourself if your business is doing the same.Read More
You would be right if you thought investing in an app would be a wise decision this year. You can probably name half a dozen apps off the top of your head that have helped to simplify your life, yet you probably have a few tasks in mind of what you wish you had an app for!
The rise of digital transformation has meant that, apps are now a “thing” for businesses too. Companies who realise this opportunity are able to come up with app ideas that help keep them in their consumers’ pockets, streamline business processes, or automate routine processes to save time (and money).
However, coming up with winning business app ideas can be tricky! So, we have compiled a list of six things you should consider before hitting the go button on a new business app:Read More
Data reporting hasn’t worked well for many companies because of the way it is approached. A business person without technical skills wants information to make a decision related to an app, a marketing campaign or a spending decision.
The information is stored in a database and they don’t have the skills to access it. They ask the developer for help. This means translating what they want to know into questions, which the developer must interpret and then code queries to the database. Eventually, a database report is produced – but the non-technical person is often presented with too much data, which they must then interpret based on their original need for information.
There is too much interpretation and translation going on. It quickly gets confusing, misunderstandings are inevitable and value is either obfuscated or missed altogether. Not to mention the frustration of waiting for something which might not meet requirements when it is finally delivered.
We have talked about the business benefits of Microsoft Teams in the past, and because of our interaction with the tool we are big advocates of the benefits Teams can bring to businesses (as you can probably tell!).
There are an overwhelming number of tools on the market that all appear to be the next best thing in your team collaboration and productivity, so much so that simply choosing which tools to implement is a huge task in itself, leading to inaction... not a desirable outcome!
So if you are still on the fence about what value Microsoft Teams can offer your business, we thought we would bring some context into how Teams can help different roles.Read More
Generating reports from data that actually provide you with the information you need to make high level business decisions is not easy.
In most cases, not only is their creation process heavily manual with the sourcing, collating and calculating data from numerous outputs, but the process lends itself to being time consuming and highly prone to errors.
It's easy to see how only 29% of the companies who strive to be data driven are able to achieve this reality.
So, how is their data different to yours? They are able to transform their numbers from data to insights.
What's the difference between your data and their insights? Well, quite a lot. To break it down, there are 6 key attributes that differentiate actionable insights from data.Read More
We all have our favourite apps we can’t live without, and most of us also have an A+ idea for a business app we know would give our business leverage.
And if you don’t? It might be time to put your thinking cap on! The right business app can help you get and retain customers, increase your revenue and give your business the upper hand in the industry you play in.
But like everything amazing, it comes at a cost. That’s the big question a lot of business have before committing to developing an idea further. So, we thought we’d answer the sticky question!
How can you figure out the expected cost of your business app idea?
You have decided your business needs to modernize its operations and innovate. You have done all the hard work to come up with an app idea, and you are ready to start your project.
But, how do get your staff buy in?
Over the years, we have worked with many businesses who had a tough time when introducing a new tool to their team. What follows is a guide on the simple tactics you can apply when launching an internal tool.Read More
“54% of customers will consider ending their relationship with a provider if they are not given tailor-made, relevant content and offers” (Microsoft 2016).
I am guessing that, in 2017, the above quote from Microsoft isn’t any news to you. But what may still be a struggle is:
How, as a small business owner or manager, can you keep up with your existing clients, and understand how to grow your business online?
Well, you are in for a treat! That is exactly what I hope to answer over the next paragraphs.
You would see it almost every day: those endless reports, those endless astoundingly complex worksheets shared around the office by the local ‘Excel Power User’, a person that usually gets paid to keep spreadsheets alive. The bigger the company, the more spreadsheets, and the more Excel gets used.
Before you stop reading OR pick up the phone to ring me, let me just make things clear: We are not here to propose that you stop using your loved spreadsheets!
We’d never advocate the banning of one of the most useful tools ever to enter the workplace, and doing so would in any event result in a massive surge of shadow IT. But… Excel Hell is real!Read More
Along with the concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) has zoomed into business discourse as a promising technique to advance the capabilities of software and drive further automation and convenience. But what are the similarities and differences between these closely related constructs?Read More