Monthly Archives: August 2017

Power BI: Starting a Third Year of Leadership

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What’s That in IT Years?

It’s hard to believe that Microsoft Power BI has been around for just two years. They’ve been two years of constantly upgraded functionality and incredible innovation. Every month, Microsoft have announced more amazing things we can do to make Power BI work with and for us.

Why Should My Business Care About Power BI?Power BI Dashboard

IT moves fast; faster every day. Many people in the industry haven’t even heard of business intelligence, much less follow current data trends and understand how to work with it. If you aren’t sure what business intelligence is, or if you don’t know why every business needs it to get full value from and properly understand their customer and financial data, we’ve written a quick guide to get you up to speed. Click here to learn more.

What Has Power BI Done Lately?

Microsoft love to give Power BI more and more improvements and additional functionality. Here’s a selection of some of the most useful updates in just the most recent month:

Visuals and reporting

  • New table and matrix visuals, with new formatting options and improved drill-down.
  • Renaming fields using aliases for specific visuals.
  • Increased responsivity to different screen sizes.
  • Breakdown for waterfall charts.

Analytics and modelling

  • Two new measures: star rating and concatenated list of values.
  • Bidirectional cross filtering for DirectQuery models.

Data connectivity

  • In addition to the wide range of connectivity options already present, a Snowflake connector has been added.

Dashboard functionality

  • The new Performance Inspector helps you if your loading or processing time is slower than it should be.
  • There is a new e-mail subscription button that allows you to choose to be notified when the underlying data changes.

Take a Quick Look For Yourself

We invite you to take two minutes to watch this fun video and get a taste of what Power BI does now and where it’s heading in the future. Then give us a ring or contact us right here to talk about getting this power for you and your business!

Complete Functionality, Tiny Cost – Zoho One

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Surprise!Everything you need for business at the lowest per-user cost with Zoho One

We’ve been keeping the new Zoho One system under our hats since we first learned about it while it was in development. It’s been in the works for ten years. But Zoho surprised us by releasing it earlier than expected (how often does that happen), while I was on holiday, actually. So this update is a few days late, but I’m excited to share the news with you now!

I’ve heard of Zoho. What Is Zoho One?

Well, let me ask you a few questions first.

What systems do you use today to take care of your business’s finances and sales inventory? Administer your human resources and foster communication between your staff members? Log and resolve product issues?  Manage your projects and get optimal results? Monitor your website and social media accounts? Serve and connect with your customers and clients?

Do those systems all interface with each other and share the same information? I’m betting not, even if you already use a handful of Zoho apps that you pay for separately.

With Zoho One, you get access to nearly all of the Zoho apps, with more being added from time to time. 35 apps and counting, at the full-featured Enterprise (high-end) level, that all work together. You can choose to use as few or as many included apps as you wish, as a company or as a department. Work simply or in depth, stay in the office or go mobile, combine or delegate duties, give users wide-ranging permissions or keep them on task with access to specific apps, all with a single sign-on per user. Whatever you choose, you can use Zoho One as a complete operating system for your entire business.

Your business needs are respected. You’re not restricted to just what’s in the box. Zoho Creator, included in Zoho One, is a drag-and-drop app builder that allows you to build apps for unique business needs, all under the same umbrella as your existing apps. The developers at Zoho have worked hard to bring you hundreds of integrations with third-party software so you don’t even have to be locked in to using Zoho One exclusively.

Is Zoho One Really Less Than a Pound a Day?

Well, to be precise, it’s 30 US dollars a month per user (£23 and change) for the whole package, with no minimum number of users. Yes, even small to medium sized businesses can access all the functionality and work like larger organisations. Zoho One allows you to progress seamlessly from strength to strength as your business grows. You can afford to put software on everyone’s desk and forget about rationing functionality to just a handful of key people. Everyone can participate in your success.

What About Maintenance Costs?

Zoho One - Less than a pound a dayWe knew you’d ask. What do you think the cost is of maintaining one seamless system with built-in interfaces, compared to the cost of managing several disassociated systems and the in-house-developed interfaces between them? How much does it cost a company to have to deal with many software vendors instead of a few, or even one? Does your cost fluctuate with your usage? Do you pay for separate data storage?

Zoho One is available for a single set cost from a single vendor through a single point of contact. All of the included apps fall under a single contract with no set time limits, and a single service agreement. There are no sneaky required add-ons or upgrades to worry about paying extra for. Your data and apps reside in the cloud, so your generous and secure data storage is also included (the exact amount of storage depends on the apps you focus on and your total number of user licenses).

How Do I Get Started With Zoho One?

Oh, the best part? You can start for free. Try it out. Use your own data. The trial version can easily be converted to the full version without losing any of your work. You’ll be able to start concentrating on your business, not your software.

Click here or on the link below to get your own access. Contact us with your questions (we’re Zoho One users, too) and we’ll be there when you’re ready to step up to the full functionality. We’ll see you in Zoho!Free Zoho One Trial

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