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The BI Journey: Part Three

Author: Carol Jenner, Sr. Business Intelligence Architect

In the first two parts of this Business Intelligence (BI) Journey series we covered these topics: What is the Business Intelligence (BI) Journey? and Why your BI journey should start with a data strategy.

The BI Journey: Part Two

Author: Carol Jenner, Sr. Business Intelligence Architect

In part one of the Business Intelligence (BI) Journey series we talked about what the BI Journey is and to sum it all up, it’s about maturing so that you can get your data in a place where not only are you using it to run your business, but you’re able to use it to make data driven decisions with confidence.

Laptop Donations for School in Nepal

While helping clients discover technology solutions is Prosum’s expertise, we are also passionate about helping the children of Nepal. So when we discovered a need for laptops in empty school computer labs we knew we wanted to help.

And help we did.

The BI Journey: Part One

Author: Carol Jenner, Sr. Business Intelligence Architect

Why is it called the Business Intelligence (BI) Journey? The reason, BI is not a single tool or solution, it is a journey with each stage building on the other.

Back in the mid 2000’s Wayne Erickson with TDWI introduced the maturity model which showed the stages all companies must go through as they mature their data – from companies shipping widgets from a garage to a Fortune 500, all go through six stages.

Azure OMS Automation

Cloud isn’t just a buzz word anymore. We all are using Cloud one way or other. And in this cloud race, Microsoft has done a tremendous job of building an entire stack of offerings and platforms in Azure. Some of the Azure Cloud solutions include the ability to build virtual data centers, migrate on-prem data centers to “Infrastructure as a Service” platform, run disaster recovery, enable business continuity, or migrate to other Microsoft Cloud platform offerings (i.e. O365).

As you migrate or deploy more workloads, especially around Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a service (PaaS) platforms, administration, and management optimization opportunities emerge due to the manual configuration and administration to keep things in order.

L.A. Works Day of Service 2015

This past weekend Prosum volunteered at L.A. Works Day 2015, Los Angeles’ largest day of service! This year’s day of service was a lovely mix of 300 gallons of paint, 40 yards of mulch, 200 shovels and over a thousand corporate and community volunteers who came together to transform South East L.A!

Team Prosum arrived at the event bright and early to help the event run smoothly by setting up tables, chairs, and signage.

Get Your IT Flowing

Several years ago, I met Ken Venner, who, at the time, was CIO of Broadcom. Ken talked about IT and corporate services being “like air” – something that simply flows around you unnoticed and unobtrusive, enabling everything you do. These traits describe what I call “Utility level IT”: neither creating obstacles for your business nor invigorating it with increased efficiency.

Is Your IT Department Holding Your Business Hostage?

In my last article, I outlined four levels you can use to measure each of your departments’ operations: Obstacle, Utility, Enabler and Differentiator. Did you discover that your IT department is operating at the ‘Obstacle’ Level? Then there’s a good chance you are in an all-too-common situation: the IT hostage crisis.

S.T.E.A.M. Resume Workshop

Prosum hosted a resume writing workshop for the Roosevelt High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Pathways and College Track program. Over 20 students attended the workshop, undeterred by the prom festivities the night before!

Mentors from Prosum discussed possible career paths in STEAM and also shared their own stories.

S.T.E.A.M. Interview Workshop

Team Prosum returned to Roosevelt High School to host an interactive Interview Workshop for nearly 30 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) students. Prosum mentors prepared the students for mock interviews by providing examples of appropriate interview attire and demeanor.