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Top Business Forecasting Uses
Jun 14 2022
Top Business Forecasting Uses
organization wants the ability to peek into the future. That's a superpower to see how you can increase profits or how you ensure your organization weathers the next storm (or pandemic). Thanks for reading the transcript of the latest Beyond Transformation podcast from Beyond Key. Today's episode discusses how to use business forecasting with Power BI. The video and podcast are clips from the business forecasting webinar on this topic. During this episode, we discuss how to analyze trends and apply those to real-life scenarios in your organization. Thank you for listening to this podcast. If you're interested in watching the webinar in its entirety, go to beyondinternet.com/webinar. Thank you very much. Enjoy the episode. Business Forecasting Uses Business forecasting uses predictive analytics to estimate an organization's future. Not to say that we could have a crystal ball, but we're using predictive analytics. We use tools that combine ideas like classification, decision trees, and machine learning to provide a more intelligent understanding of data. The more data you have, the more you learn from ideas like text analysis and regression theory. The concept combines different ideas, and what you're doing is the more data you have, the more you can have predictive analytics. The idea here is that predictive analytics and forecasting are two sides of the same coin. You predict or forecast what happens in your company's future based on what happened in the past. Organizations use business forecasting to understand how their strategies should work in sales, marketing, finance, operations, and hiring situations. Business forecasting relies on trend analysis, mathematical models, and indicator approaches. Business Forecasting Example Let's say you're doing the hiring for next year, and you want to know how many people you need to hire. You review past hires from the last three years to help your departments thrive. You load the data into Azure to connect to the cloud, so you have a backup of the information. One of the great things about using Azure is that it has AI and ML capabilities inside. Some business intelligence tools allow you to turn data into intelligent insights. Using that, you could then start getting a better understanding of your data. Once you convert raw data from Azure, you can load it into Power BI to create a visual version of intelligent data. If you realize over the past year, you hire five people for accounting and five for sales, but then you hire ten for operations, then you have to take a look, "Why is that? Why do we hire those people?" Those visuals can give you an idea of why that happened, and you start to get a picture of where you need to go with your hiring. Business Forecasting Final Thoughts If your organization needs help navigating the future, then business forecasting can help you. Contact us today to help your organization with its finances, sales, marketing, and operations.
Top Business Forecasting Uses
Jun 14 2022
Top Business Forecasting Uses
organization wants the ability to peek into the future. That's a superpower to see how you can increase profits or how you ensure your organization weathers the next storm (or pandemic). Thanks for reading the transcript of the latest Beyond Transformation podcast from Beyond Key. Today's episode discusses how to use business forecasting with Power BI. The video and podcast are clips from the business forecasting webinar on this topic. During this episode, we discuss how to analyze trends and apply those to real-life scenarios in your organization. Thank you for listening to this podcast. If you're interested in watching the webinar in its entirety, go to beyondinternet.com/webinar. Thank you very much. Enjoy the episode. Business Forecasting Uses Business forecasting uses predictive analytics to estimate an organization's future. Not to say that we could have a crystal ball, but we're using predictive analytics. We use tools that combine ideas like classification, decision trees, and machine learning to provide a more intelligent understanding of data. The more data you have, the more you learn from ideas like text analysis and regression theory. The concept combines different ideas, and what you're doing is the more data you have, the more you can have predictive analytics. The idea here is that predictive analytics and forecasting are two sides of the same coin. You predict or forecast what happens in your company's future based on what happened in the past. Organizations use business forecasting to understand how their strategies should work in sales, marketing, finance, operations, and hiring situations. Business forecasting relies on trend analysis, mathematical models, and indicator approaches. Business Forecasting Example Let's say you're doing the hiring for next year, and you want to know how many people you need to hire. You review past hires from the last three years to help your departments thrive. You load the data into Azure to connect to the cloud, so you have a backup of the information. One of the great things about using Azure is that it has AI and ML capabilities inside. Some business intelligence tools allow you to turn data into intelligent insights. Using that, you could then start getting a better understanding of your data. Once you convert raw data from Azure, you can load it into Power BI to create a visual version of intelligent data. If you realize over the past year, you hire five people for accounting and five for sales, but then you hire ten for operations, then you have to take a look, "Why is that? Why do we hire those people?" Those visuals can give you an idea of why that happened, and you start to get a picture of where you need to go with your hiring. Business Forecasting Final Thoughts If your organization needs help navigating the future, then business forecasting can help you. Contact us today to help your organization with its finances, sales, marketing, and operations.
6 Best PowerApps Capabilities Your Organization Can Use
May 26 2022
6 Best PowerApps Capabilities Your Organization Can Use
The blog post today is from the webinar on how to Discover the 5 PowerApps Use Case Superpowers. By understanding PowerApps' capabilities you can start to understand their superpowers more effectively. PowerApps Capabilities 1. Drag and Drop Builder You don't have to be a coder. PowerApps is a low code tool. The only code is the low-code power FX, where you're using Microsoft Excel formulas. The cool thing about using PowerApps is you have the ability as a citizen developer to create this without getting an IT degree. 2. AI Builder PowerApps is also an intelligent system with a built-in AI Builder when you need it. For example, you can extract text from a picture using OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities. In this case, let's say you take a picture of a mountain. That's great; you now have a picture of a mountain. If you tag that mountain, every time someone else takes a mountain picture, the AI builder starts to recognize, "Oh, wait, that's a mountain." PowerApps starts learning what that information is to identify items in the future. This is great for organizations with an extensive list of products where people take photos of the products to purchase. More and more uses like this are being created every day. 3. Microsoft Dataverse The Microsoft Dataverse connects over 480 data sources (connectors) directly into PowerApps. Therefore, if you want to combine different ERP, CRM, marketing automation, or HR tools, you can connect those tools directly to Microsoft's PowerApps. 4. Azure cloud platform PowerApps is a cloud-based service that runs on the secure Azure Platform. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. Because the server runs on Microsoft secure Azure Platform, your application also has access to enterprise-level security. 5. User Roles As an enterprise-level tool, it is possible to create multiple admin roles. For example, if you need different roles for different people, you can give them varying levels of access to your applications. 6. Scalabilities Thanks again to the Azure Platform; you can scale your applications. It doesn't matter whether you're a small organization or a Fortune 100 company; you can scale the PowerApps to your specific needs. This scalability relies on how you customize the application to fit your strategy and business processes because PowerApps is not about creating an application just to make an application. The tools help you create an application that fits your specific needs. PowerApps CapabilitiesFinal Thoughts PowerApps has the flexibility to help your organization with a number of different tasks. If you want to learn more about their capabilities, then schedule a free consultation with our team.
How Amazon and Azure Help with OCR Software
Mar 17 2022
How Amazon and Azure Help with OCR Software
Today's blog post comes from the webinar on How AI-Powered OCR Software Saves Money and Time. The clip covers how to use cloud tools like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Software using Azure and Amazon Web Service I want to talk a little bit about how this OCR process works. For example, OCR helps banks read different lending documents. If someone submits a bank statement, OCR can make the process easier. You can use OCR software to upload documents to Azure. Uploading the documents to the cloud is like when you physically upload a document. Once the documents go online, automated technologies take over. In this case, Azure Blob Storage stores the data and creates a trigger that goes to an Azure Function. That Azure Function then sends an API call to a Computer Vision API. Computer Vision reads the lending statement. During the webinar, we scanned a bank statement with five pages of data. It reads the information quickly and then spits out all the income and expense lines on the account. You can go through the financial data much faster. The added benefit is that the Azure Cosmos Database stores all this info. Again, you don't have to do anything once the data is in the Azure Blob Storage because this is all automated. Suppose you were reviewing data in the past. You need to check the document manually line by line before storing the data afterward. The OCR automation makes the process more robust. Final Thoughts OCR is a powerful tool to help organizations with their data extraction process. You can scan documents and have them read at a rate that would not be possible less than a decade ago. Cloud tools like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services make this easier. We can make the OCR software setup even more accessible. Please set up a free 1-hour consultation with our team today.
SharePoint Intranet Transformation Over Time
Feb 22 2022
SharePoint Intranet Transformation Over Time
The SharePoint intranet did not just appear. It took time to develop into the employee engagement tool you see it as right now. The video and information below about the SharePoint Intranet transformation is part of a larger webinar on A New Intranet for Modern Employees. Intranet Transformation When we talked about the intranet, we shared different SharePoint features. These features did not appear randomly but developed over decades to create the modern intranet. The transformation from a basic intranet service to the next generation intranet we're talking about today. 1990's We must go back to the 1990s when they introduced essential intranet services. The service allowed executives to a top-down communication platform. There is nothing wrong with the top-down communication platform. Employees want to know about the latest hires, acquisitions, revenue numbers, company mission, or other internal news. However, top-down communication is not the only line of communication in an organization. That would be employee-to-employee communication. As the 2000s started, the intranet added new social features. It wasn't as interactive, but it was the beginning of the next-generation intranet movement. Also, the content management tools helped with collaboration features. Eventually, it became a hub for forums, processes, news, policies, and procedures. 2000's Facebook and Myspace started in the 2000s, and they began to become popular with business crowds around the last crash. What started happening over the previous decade was how the intranet took its cue from social networks with interactive features for employees like shares, likes, and comments. Instead of being a top-down communication platform, you have cross-departmental and peer-to-peer or cross-departmental communication. For example, when sales and marketing need to talk, the intranet helps them connect. 2010's SharePoint created a digital workplace solution in the past decade with additional social features like shares, likes, and comments. It was closer to what we would want for a modern intranet but there was not enough development towards the employee engagement they needed. 2020's When we talk about how the next generation operates in the 2020s, we start talking about personalization. These updates are a crucial development from being a podium where executives could dictate the organization's future. 1. Personalization Today when you want to engage employees, you can personalize the look and feel of each employee. 2. Knowledge Hub The intranet is a knowledge hub, with an easy-to-use and accessible format for finding your information. For companies with remote workers, SharePoint Migration strategies are more vital. 3. Employee Directories The great thing about the intranet is that you have a lot of utilities that make it better than the platform on it's own. You have additional features like employee directories and employee onboarding apps to help employees connect. 4. Mobile-friendly SharePoint is now a mobile-friendly tool thanks to how it moved over to the cloud. The cloud is a crucial component because employees can use the intranet on their mobile devices. They can access SharePoint anywhere, which allows the organization to engage employees more thoroughly. 5. Integrations There are also easy integrations as well. Whether you want to connect with Microsoft 365 systems like Dynamics, Power Apps, or third-party systems like Smartsheets, you can get more out of your intranet. 6. Gamification Furthermore, the engagement increase with gamification features as well. Reward employees and give them a sense of accomplishment by tracking and awarding them points for a job well. 7. Secure and Confidential It is essential nowadays to ensure you have secure, confidential information in an intranet because all your employees' information is there.
Simplify the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Vendor Management Process
Feb 2 2022
Simplify the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Vendor Management Process
In our recent webinar on Dynamics 365: Creating a Better Vendor Experience, we share how companies can stay competitive when working with vendors today. The blog post today on the Power Apps portal and Dynamics 365 vendor management process is part of this broader webinar. If you are interested in learning more about how to improve your vendor management process, check out the entire Dynamics 365 webinar. is the Dynamics 365 Vendor Onboarding Process How does the onboarding process work? There are five different steps we discuss below. If you look at the dots here, there's green and blue. The green dots are for the Power Apps Portal. The Power Apps Portal is an external-facing portal that vendors can use to fill out their information. It makes it easier for them to do those steps that we were talking about, so you can automate many of your processes. We don't talk as much about the Power Apps Portal in this webinar. If you want to learn more about Power Apps, check out our free Power Apps webinar. The other component of this onboarding process is Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365). The Dynamics 365 vendor management process helps admins add their insights and see what's going on from their different suppliers or vendors. So how would the process work? As you see at the beginning, a vendor registers their organization. They put their information into the system. At that point, the admin reviews the request like, "Hey, look, John from ABC company with a phone number of 123-456-7890 wants to join. Will you approve or reject that request?" Your admin says yes or no, and the onboarding process begins. Dynamics 365 Vendor Management Questions Keep in mind how you can start customizing how the onboarding process works for your organization. You can add items like: What information should vendors submit? What certifications do you need? Do you have project-specific questions? Do you need to know their credit history? For example, suppose you're working with a vendor who requires a certain portion upfront. In that case, you want to make sure they're reliable and not stealing money from you. It's essential to make sure that you know their credit rating before you pay them. If they haven't supplied your organization with what they need, you should probably not pay them. Finally, once you've onboarded them, the supplier needs to perform specific tasks. Remember, data they add. They should submit: Add their data or address Identification information like what their tax ID number is. Add certifications and developers What do we mean by developers since this is an online onboarding process? We're going to talk about how a manufacturing company has a lot of different products. They have many suppliers work with them to give them those products. That means they often need to integrate with their e-commerce system as well. There's a lot of work that developers might need to do to provide tools, resources, and products at the right time. Developers might have to be able to get better information about that, which means integrating the dynamic system that we're about to show you with their portal. Dynamics 365 Vendor Management Final Thoughts If you want to improve relationships with vendors today efficiently, it is vital to have lean and agile technologies. If you want to use Dynamics 365 CRM for these technologies, you want the right team to help get the most out of your new software and systems. Connect with us today to receive a free 1-hour consultation.
How Data Integrations Enhance Business Intelligence Tools
Nov 22 2021
How Data Integrations Enhance Business Intelligence Tools
Data visualization integrations make it possible to connect your data with data visualization tools to improve your organization.
Cloud Computing: AWS vs Azure
Nov 2 2021
Cloud Computing: AWS vs Azure
Therefore, we want to help you choose between AWS vs Azure to determine the best option for your data storage.
If you have a tedious task then you can use Power Automate
Jul 15 2021
If you have a tedious task then you can use Power Automate
If you want powerful ways to automate repetitive, tedious business processes, then Microsoft Power Automate could be the answer.
Here is How Robotics Process Automation Helps Your Organization
Mar 8 2021
Here is How Robotics Process Automation Helps Your Organization
Microsoft robotic process automation tools can help organizations update their processes with technology.
Why would you use Microsoft Teams?
Mar 5 2021
Why would you use Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is more than just a communication platform. In our podcast clip of the week, we wanted to share with you how to get the most of your Microsoft Teams. This clip is from our Microsoft Teams webinar. You can watch the entire webinar by clicking the Teams Webinar Link.