The Differences Between BI for Enterprises and SMBs

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The Differences Between BI for Enterprises and SMBs

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Business Intelligence (BI) systems were originally targeted primarily at large enterprises with tons of data. As BI technology improved, it started to become more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), who started using BI systems to answer many of the same business questions as their larger, enterprise cousins. After all, business is business: Whether … Continue reading The Differences Between BI for Enterprises and SMBs

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Benefits in Migrating Your BI Solution to a Newer Version of SQL Server

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In my experience, SQL Server is often one of the most least-upgraded components in an enterprise. You may think your company will never get off of Windows XP, but odds are you have several versions of SQL Server floating around, with no plans to upgrade them. After all, it’s often easier just to leave existing … Continue reading Benefits in Migrating Your BI Solution to a Newer Version of SQL Server

Three Tips on Choosing the Hardware for Your BI Solution

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Many small- and medium-sized businesses choose to go with Business Intelligence (BI) solutions that are at least partly pre-built. That means that the biggest single factor in the system’s performance – the database schema – is often already decided and can’t readily be changed. The benefit of that approach is that you’re not paying for … Continue reading Three Tips on Choosing the Hardware for Your BI Solution

Are BI Solutions Compatible with Virtualization?

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As more and more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) investigate and adopt Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, one question eventually gets asked: Can we virtualize this thing? Businesses are increasingly leveraging virtualization to reduce the number of physical servers they have to maintain, to provide better availability, to enable fault tolerance and disaster recovery, and much more. BI … Continue reading Are BI Solutions Compatible with Virtualization?

Using SQL Server Analysis Services for poorly-performing BI Systems

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No matter how well-designed and –build a business intelligence (BI) system is, it’s always possible that your workload will exceed its capabilities, and you’ll end up being dissatisfied with its performance. In those cases, what can you do? Your options depend a lot on the underlying database and analysis engine; for this article, we’ll assume … Continue reading Using SQL Server Analysis Services for poorly-performing BI Systems

Three Ways to Scale Your Existing BI Business Intelligence System

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Business Intelligence (BI) systems can take a lot of computing horsepower, and most organizations try to deploy as much horsepower as possible when they implement a BI solution. Unfortunately, BI is one of those things that makes its users want more. More reports. More dashboards. More data. And all that “more” means you’ll eventually need … Continue reading Three Ways to Scale Your Existing BI Business Intelligence System

Data Warehouse or Business Intelligence BI Solution – or Both?

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I’ve recently been working with a number of small- and medium-sized businesses that are preparing to jump aboard the decision support bandwagon. Several of them have been asking me questions that reveal the enormous amount of confusion in the decision support industry, such as, “do we need a data warehouse, or should we buy a … Continue reading Data Warehouse or Business Intelligence BI Solution – or Both?

Workshops / Webinars

Project Management (PMP) for Executives – Introduction

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Introduction Project Management (PMP) for Executives is a 9 part video training series developed by Steve Fullmer, PMP, MBA, MCT/CTT+, CDP.  Steven has a global reputation as a project manager, chief technology officer, and computer systems innovator. He has authored more than 100 articles and a dozen courses in the fields of project management, productivity, business … Continue reading Project Management (PMP) for Executives – Introduction

Project Management (PMP) Leadership Skills in the 21st Century … Do you Know Your History? – November 10, 2017

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The PMI Leadership triangle touts our need to develop our knowledge and application of leadership. Do you understand the leadership models of the 20th century? The 21st Century? Understanding your predecessors can assist to set your future course. On the matter of history, Mark Twain’s quote “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme” is … Continue reading Project Management (PMP) Leadership Skills in the 21st Century … Do you Know Your History? – November 10, 2017

Principles of Decision Tree Design and Analysis in Project Management (PMP)

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In this Project Management Professional (PMP) training video, learn how about Decision Trees and how to solve them with Risk Analysis. Existentialism conveys themes like the importance of choice, contingencies, and extreme situations.  How do you choose when the decision is hard? (If the decision is easy, you just choose.) When the decision is hard, we … Continue reading Principles of Decision Tree Design and Analysis in Project Management (PMP)

Understand the Mind to Become a Better Project Manager – February 18, 2015

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Our minds all work alike, at least biologically. Yet we are a diverse species with different motivations, opinions, perspectives, and directions. Do you understand how and why the human mind works? What makes you a great project manager? In this recording of our PMP training webinar from February 18, 2015, Steve Fullmer covers some of … Continue reading Understand the Mind to Become a Better Project Manager – February 18, 2015

Windows 10 Security – What’s New and Improved? – December 3, 2015

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In this recording of our Windows 10 webinar from December 3, 2015 training,  security expert Mike Danseglio presents the enhanced security features of SmartScreen, Defender and BitLocker in Windows 10 and new features such as Biometric Identification, Microsoft Passport, Device Guard and more.

Windows 10 Managing, Deploying and Configuring – December 2, 2015

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In this recorded Windows 10 training webinar from December 2, 2015, Windows Server instructor Rick Trader presents the deployment and management of Windows 10 Enterprise and the new Provisioning capability in Windows 10. Learn how to manage Windows 10 deployments using System Center Configuration Manager, Mobile Device Management and Intune. Also included in his presentation … Continue reading Windows 10 Managing, Deploying and Configuring – December 2, 2015

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Configuring Windows Mobility Center and How to Turn it On and Off

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Video transcription Steve Fullmer: In our Windows training courses, we often share information about the Windows 8.1 Mobility Center. Mobility Center was introduced for mobile and laptop devices in Windows 7. It’s present and somewhat enhanced in Windows 8. Since we don’t have mobile devices in our classrooms, I decided to take a little bit … Continue reading Configuring Windows Mobility Center and How to Turn it On and Off

How to Configure Navigation in SharePoint Publishing Sites

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For more SharePoint training videos in this series, see: Part 1 – Using Navigation Controls in a Collaboration Site in SharePoint Part 2 – Using Navigation Controls in a Publishing Site in SharePoint Part 3 – Configuring SharePoint Navigation in a Publishing Site – Activating the Publishing Feature Part 4 – » How to Configure Navigation in … Continue reading How to Configure Navigation in SharePoint Publishing Sites

Windows 10 Features and Navigation – December 1, 2015

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In this recorded Windows 10 webinar from December 1,2015, Windows Instructor Steve Fullmer presents the navigation and some of the new features associated with Windows 10 including Sysinternals Tools for Windows Client, Windows core concepts, exploring Process Explorer as well as some of the features that are not yet ready for prime time but will … Continue reading Windows 10 Features and Navigation – December 1, 2015