Google Docs`s Research Bar – finding handy info without ever leaving the page

Date: 15-06-2012

Google has added a new Research bar to Google Docs to help users browse Google for information while working on an article or paper. Google Docs’ new sidebar appears along the right-hand side of your document and will show you different types of results: web results, images, quotations, maps, reviews, and more. The feature can be invoked from Docs’ Tools menu, by keyboard shortcut, or perhaps in the most useful way, by right-clicking on any word in the document area. You can narrow your search to specific types of results by using the drop-down menu in the search bar. A search bar produces similar results to a traditional query, but with the added ability to immediately embed found text or objects into the document area, along with appropriate citations wherever possible.   Exploring the search results   Under the web results category, you’ll find a number of websites related to […]

Cloud solutions hold the potential to dramatically change the businesses that adopt them

Date: 28-02-2012

As I said in an earlier post about ERP Prediction for 2012, this year cloud-based ERP will continue to gain ground at the expense of traditional ERP. Why? Because enterprises will continue to adopt SaaS-based applications to replace legacy, high-maintenance and often marginally effective systems in use today. What managers do not know about cloud is that behind the well-known benefits – cost savings and operations improvements -, there are also some benefits that can potentially change the game for many companies that are willing to be very proactive in managing potential downside. Those are the things I wanna talk about. Easier change management of infrastructure including maintenance and upgrades The use of cloud solutions allows companies to improve the agility to deploy solutions and choice between vendors, especially when cloud interoperability will become a reality. Or, at least, more than it is today. Cloud computing also offers an online […]

Why Marketing Finds Business Intelligence Useless

Date: 12-07-2011

During my years of industrial marketing and sales, I learned that there is a big difference between corporate information and Strategic Knowledge. Corporate information usually consists of internal raw data while Strategic Knowledge is the business wisdom necessary to achieve profitable growth consistently. Although internal data is necessary to manage logistic or tactical areas like, supply chain, manufacturing, accounts receivable, transportation, accounts payable or customer service; it’s far from enough to perform marketing and sales management jobs effectively, namely increasing market share, revenue and ultimately net profit. The reason is simple, internal data is a by-product of the order entry system (ERP), designed to ship orders on time; not to build a strategic data base for marketing use. Unfortunately, most Business Intelligence implementations populate sophisticated BI software with just internal raw data from the ERP.  This is only half of the story because ERP data does not usually contain competitive […]

Benefits of Business Intelligence in Organizations

Date: 05-07-2011

Business Intelligence is often defined as the array of processes and technologies that turn information into insight and action, meaning the effective application of the broad suite of data analysis tools and analytical approaches to effectively understand, predict, optimize, and prepare to take action upon current and future business activity. BI applications find their way into a vast range of business areas including customer relationship management, external market assessment, supply chain analysis, human resources, enterprise resource planning, financial management, research and development, as well as the various quality control activities such as Six Sigma. They employ technologies such as: data mining, text mining, geographic information systems, language translation, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, simulation, and advanced visualization. Business Intelligence software allows companies to access their databases and deliver insights to employees, managers and business partners. The insights provided by BI then turn into actions as companies use BI applications to find […]

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