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3 April, 2017

5 Ways to Build Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has been around as a concept for many years. Research in the public domain articulates the business and economic advantage; the ability for organisations to achieve 'more with less' through greater engagement with their workforce. Employee engagement is even touted as possibly the single most important business success metric. But what is it exactly? An employee that turns up to work with a smile on their face, with a great work ethic and
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3 April, 2017

Swapping Process for People: Technology Enabling Strategic HR

For some time now we've seen HR departments across Singapore evolve - through multiple structural model changes, recognition from leadership of strategic value and increased focus on workforce planning. We have moved beyond seeing human resource management as a series of back-office processes. It's integral to business success. Today we see real partnerships between HR departments and business leaders. It has come out from a change in department focus; from process-driven, to people-driven. Just consider
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22 December, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 5 – LACK OF GOVERNANCE

In the first part of this blog series I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the fifth and final of these issues: LACK OF GOVERNANCE. Before discussing a lack of governance, let us first consider
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30 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 4 – OLD TECHNOLOGY

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the fourth issue: OLD TECHNOLOGY In one of the previous post, we discussed the topic of complex architecture
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21 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 3 – SLOW PERFORMANCE

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded by outlining the 5 common challenges that I hear from customers: INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the third of these issues: SLOW PERFORMANCE. How many times have you heard of business users complaining that the
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14 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 2 – COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE

In the previous post, I discussed the first challenge of the traditional data warehouse which is the inflexibility of allowing changes. This blog will focus on the second of these issues: COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE The following diagram is an illustration of a typical implementation architecture for a heterogeneous sourced data warehouse designed to support traditional Business Intelligence workloads. An architecture that should be all too familiar
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7 November, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Challenge 1 – INFLEXIBILITY

In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the traditional data warehouse and some of the issues that can occur in the period following the initial project. I concluded that post by outlining 5 common challenges that I hear from customers. INFLEXIBILITY COMPLEX ARCHITECTURE SLOW PERFORMANCE OLD TECHNOLOGY LACK OF GOVERNANCE This blog will focus on the first of these issues: INFLEXIBILITY. For the avoidance of any doubt, let’s begin with the definition
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31 October, 2016

The Modern Data Platform – Introduction

“In the PAST……..” It seems to be a very long time ago since we put to bed the arguments over the need for data warehouses.  I remember the first project I worked on: a Regional Insurance Company struggling to get a comprehensive view of their customer demographics for Campaign Management. Why were they struggling? Simply put, their data was in silos across a multitude of different operational systems, each of which had its own unique
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20 April, 2016

The Truth about SAP HANA

The Myths Debunked (Part 1) Speed and performance are often thought to be the main incentives to switch to SAP HANA. But is there more to it than that? This blog series will deal with the four most common myths and uncover the real truth behind them. The Myth: SAP HANA Is Primarily Intended to Accelerate Data Processing SAP itself is partly responsible for this misconception. Initially, the company emphasized the ability of SAP HANA
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24 March, 2016

SAP HANA Cloud Services: A Spotlight on Market Offerings

More and more providers are launching their own packages for SAP HANA Cloud Services. Pricing, features, and the scope of services can vary significantly. How do you know which offer is the right one for your company? Amazon, Microsoft, SAP, and itelligence: All of the industry’s major players have several variants of the SAP HANA Cloud Services in their portfolio. Their scope stretches from the bare technical infrastructure to the entire cloud environment certified for
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