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New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Nari Kannan

How quickly can you get to your Business Intelligence?

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The currency of business intelligence is just as important as the content of BI!

Wating even a few days for a report on sales from your web presence may not help you in time to do what you need to do to goad the people who have left items in the shopping cart but never checked out.

Ad-hoc reports that are too slow to refresh may  just make you away in frustration and you may take seat of the pants decisions quickly because you do not have any other choice.

Design Cycles even in the erstwhile languorous automotive industry have become much shorter. There used to be a five-year cycle from the design of a concept car to the assembly line. Now it is two years or less around the world.

Manufacturing cycles cannot afford to be long! Dell changed the assembly, sales and delivery of computer systems forever. They have forced companies like HP, Acer and others to move manufacturing closer to the customer so that they can avoid inventory anywhere.

The ordering and fulfillment cycle is ever shortening with the advent of e-commerce and ordering online.

Business intelligence cannot wait to be laid in the hands of the end user for it to start being useful.

In-memory business intelligence, on-demand Extract, Transform and Load in real-time, and relational OLAP have all speeded up in various ways the production and distribution of BI.

You cannot afford to wait for BI to be produced from the raw data you have. Competition that has addressed this problem will walk away with the business that may have rightfully yours!

The art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right sport--Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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These are fantastic, concise examples of when quick access to your business data can make or break your business. I hope Mr. Kannan does not mind that I add to his list of key BI features another fundamental feature: a BI solution should also have the ability to quickly drill from that business intelligence data to the problem area to be able to then quickly identify and fix the exact area of concern ("Actionable" BI). Those who successfully implement business intelligence solutions with the key features above will be able to respond more rapidly to their customers and ultimately set themselves apart from the competition.

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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