When was the last time your tech stack was put to the test? To ensure it is serving you well, assessments shouldn’t be ignored. While in-house evaluations have value, there’s distinct advantages to third-party reviews, especially when offered for free.
Free assessments – like those offered by NEC – provide a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective. A deeper understanding of emerging technologies as well as alternative approaches to what already exist. It’s access to insight that might not be available in-house or go unnoticed during an internal review.
No cost evaluations come with specialized knowledge and expertise. Decision makers can tap this wealth of experience and gain an alternative perspective, insight into industry trends and best practices, allowing a better understanding of the competitive environment that might be missed.
Solution provider free assessments are also driven by the latest technological advancements. This provides enterprises actionable insight and tailored recommendations specific to latest offerings and customized to business needs. Leveraging these proposals allow organizations to pivot based on informed decisions by prioritizing technology investments that best align with strategic objectives.
Taking advantage of free tech assessments can potentially lead to cost-saving opportunities by future proofing investments too. Provider evaluations can identify areas where technology can be optimized, consolidated or streamlined, reducing unnecessary expenses. Additionally they may uncover security vulnerabilities or compliance gaps that, if addressed proactively, can help mitigate risks at a later date.
So if you’re interested in improving your ability to make strategic investments that optimize tech spend, drive better results and generate long-term savings, don’t pass up an offer of a free assessment. What have you got to lose and what might you gain?
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Business intelligence is only powerful if it is easily accessible. By putting the end-user in the driver’s seat, businesses can maximize analytics and data without putting a burden on the IT department to run reports. Not only does this improve productivity, it puts the data in the hands of those who can do the most with it. Frankly, this level of end-user empowerment is a solid-enough reason to upgrade IBM’s Cognos software to the latest V10.2. But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at the impact first hand.
Cincinnati Zoo Saves more than $100,000 per Year
The Cincinnati Zoo was challenged with increasing attendance and revenues while also enhancing the customer experience. It also needed to boost sales on food and in the retail outlets and optimize labor costs. These are no small tasks! By implementing IBM Cognos V10, the zoo was able to utilize business analytics that allowed the zoo staff to use iPads to track the information real-time. The results were incredible.
“By being so closely aligned with the day-to-day interactions within the zoo, the team could spend more time with visitors and see even the most basic of changes that were needed, said Marti Walsh, Channel Enablement Program Manager with IBM Analytics. “For example, perhaps traffic patterns showed that moving a hot dog stand to a different location would result in heavier traffic to the stand. That could be marked immediately on the spot, rather than waiting to return and transcribe notes into a database.”
The ability to empower end users makes sense when the user interface is easy to use and allows for quick adoption. Cognos V10 has a more streamlined interface that is easier to navigate, making it more readily adoptable for end users who want to simply access and understand the data.
Another major component is collaboration between co-workers and other departments. Cognos V10 incorporates collaboration within the interface, so that threads are maintained and data is kept within the platform, rather than having to utilize a third-party system for collaboration and communication.
“End users don’t stay put, so mobility is key, particularly if the focus is to capture and analyze data real-time,” said Marti. “With Cognos V10, users can literally analyze on the go with systems that work whether they are connected or disconnected.“
Even with the mobility and dynamic analytics functions, the system has very fast response times and handles very large data volumes. Using Dynamic Cubes increases the performance of the tools and allows for end users to slice and dice data with a fast response time, keeping them happy and focused on analyzing data.
Make Better Business Decisions – in Real Time
By putting analytics in the hands of everyone, businesses will benefit from having information in the hands of those best suited to take action. Cognos Business Intelligence allows for integration with the next logical step – predictive analytics. By adopting business prototypes quickly, companies are now able to build out corporate solutions faster than before. “What If” and scenario modeling help determine next appropriate steps giving the business a more prescriptive solution.
In Your Corner for the Cognos Upgrade
Of course, the next logical question is how to tackle the upgrade. While the benefits are certainly proven, tackling an upgrade of any type requires thought and process to ensure the most seamless approach is taken. That is where NEC Analytics team can help.
NEC is largest global systems integrator, and has more than 50 years of experience in the North American market alone. We leverage our rich history coupled with partnership experience with IBM and others to ensure a positive outcome.
Our analytics team focuses on Performance Management, Integration, Total Performance Outsourcing (which includes design, deployment and management) and Smart Predict Solutions designed to meet the specific needs of our clients (you can learn more about our analytics solutions in this short video).