Posts Tagged ‘Power BI’

Are You an Investor?

Posted on: October 31st, 2020 by jiml | No Comments

Would you consider yourself an investor? Do you put some money away so that it can accrue value over time to be there for you down the road? It is a wise strategy. If you want to be successful down the road, invest now.

Business is no different.  If you want your business to succeed, you must invest in it.  Investments of time, human capital, software and applications as well as equipment are all necessary to be a successful business.  Businesses that stay static lose market share. We have a saying at Colden Company “If you are running your business the same way you were three or four years ago, you are not staying the same, you are falling behind”. This is because your competition is not standing still. The hungry competition is evaluating the tools on the market that can make their business better and grab market share. Do you have a process in place for keeping up with technology?

At Colden Company, our job is to do just that and help our customers succeed. We spend a lot of time evaluating technology tools with an eye out not just to improve our own business, but to improve our clients’ businesses.  Not every tool is going to be a game changer.  New software, as an example, might add some efficiency to your business and reduce cost. Using automation can improve the speed in which work gets done. We use automation as a tool here at Colden Company to solve repetitive problems and auto-respond to certain types of issues to help our customers stay working and as efficient as possible. This allows our technicians to focus on other things besides repetitive tasks. After all, there is so much to learn and stay on top of in the technology field, it takes time and effort.

That is the Colden Company difference. Whether it is bringing Power BI to a customer to streamline reporting and allowing managers to make better decisions with real-time data, or showing clients how they can leverage their Microsoft 365 subscriptions to cancel other third party subscriptions, we are here to help. How did we know these things would be valuable to our customer?  It took a two-way conversation and engagement. Our most successful clients are those that engage with us on their business and technology. We partner together to solve their business problems and drive their business forward.

Are you looking for a technology partner you can engage with? Contact Colden Company at (888) 600-4560 or via email at info@coldencompany.com and find out why we were selected one of the MSPs of the Year by Channel Partners.

Power BI For Data Driven Organizations

Posted on: August 18th, 2020 by jiml | No Comments

The world has changed in 2020.  The future is a little more uncertain than it was six months ago. Will the economy rebound?  Will it stall?  These are questions that only time can answer.  One thing that is certain is that the organization that will thrive in the “next normal” are organizations that are data driven and embrace change.  Those businesses that stagnate and react slowly will be at a disadvantage in the new economy.

Data driven organizations utilize data to inform and make decisions in a timely fashion.  Those that can react to trends more quickly will be a step ahead of the competition.  Microsoft Power BI and its’ updating dashboards can be a great tool, especially for Microsoft 365 users. Your executives can have current data to view and make decisions with and even query the data using natural language queries.  They can type things like “show me sales for Q1 in our Florida office” and Power BI will interpret that to show the requested data.

Power BI has two main components, Power BI Desktop and the Power BI Service.  The Power BI Desktop software (which is available for free at powerbi.microsoft.com ) is for your data analysts in the organization.  Power BI can pull in data from multiple sources like Excel, Access, SQL and even non-Microsoft sources like Salesforce.com and some web-based forms can be connected.  Instead of having to run data analysis in each individual silo of data, Power BI allows analysts to query the aggregated data and develop visualizations of that data. (Check out our webinar on Power BI here)

The dashboard with the visualized data can then be uploaded to the Power BI Service where reports can be shared and subscribed to.  Different executive or line managers can have a different set of reports on their dashboard.  With the “subscribe” option, they will get emailed when data is refreshed allowing them to make decisions with the most current data. Simply logging in to their Power BI Service account will give them access to the data from any place with internet access – an important point in today’s world.

Power BI is yet another tool in the Microsoft 365 suite that is available to businesses to help them navigate the new normal. Want to know more?  Call us today at (888) 600-4560 or email us at info@coldencompany.com and help transition your organization into a data-driven organization!