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Business Intelligence Reporting and Data Analysis: Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Software Stack

Business Intelligence Reporting and Data Analysis: Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Software Stack Business Intelligence (BI) is a smart data analysis process that businesses adopt to boost their performance by gaining valuable insights into their critical operations, using reporting applications and analytics tools. A growing number of BI tools, software applications and infrastructures are being developed and deployed by enterprises around the world. From the identification of inefficient practices within an organization and the discovery of new operating opportunities to better work management and a real competitive edge in the market, businesses have been reaping dynamic results from the use of BI tools and applications. It is thus not surprising that, according to a report by the Redwood Capital, the cloud-based BI market will be worth around $2.94 billion in 2018. Best BI Software Tools The goal of everyday BI is to get the right information to the right person at the right time so that positive changes can be made to a business. Choosing the right tool in changing the BI landscape is the key to realizing your BI goal every day, but it can be a matter of great confusion. A large number of BI tools have been launched in the market that are tailored to the specific data needs of large- and small-sized businesses. Amongst the most popular and widely used BI software tools include Pentaho, Sisense, Board, Birst, Targit, SAP Crystal Reports, MicroStrategy, QlikView, Tableau, IBM Cognos, Quadbase Systems, Profitbase, and Microsoft Business Intelligence Technologies. Microsoft’s Dominance in the BI Space One of the reasons why Microsoft is dominating the BI space is, as reviewed by a BI expert, that the...

Zend vs Symfony: Our Take on Frameworks

A web development framework facilitates in improving the performance and efficiency of a website development activity. Web development frameworks are available in abundance with new ones appearing at a rate beyond comprehension, but deciding on a framework to develop sizzling web applications is much more difficult than developing the application. With over 12 years of web development experience under our belt, we have delivered some very cool web applications which were developed on a number of different frameworks. So in this article, we will compare two frameworks that we find too irresistible (Symfony and Zend Framework) which are currently the most popular and largely used PHP frameworks globally. Open source frameworks have been a milestone in providing free, customizable and economical platforms for application development. Both Zend and Symfony are open source frameworks, with all the inherent benefits of this universal model. With incessant research and development, these two have gained recognition as the next generation web development frameworks. Both are decoupled and component based and they use almost the same naming, coding and auto loading conventions. According to VsChart.com, Symfony is preferred by 53% and Zend by 47% of developers worldwide. So, here we share our experiences and we hope that by the end of this article you will be able to understand the differences and similarities between these two powerful and competent frameworks. Sponsors and Partners On the one hand, Zend is backed by Zend Technologies and this is its corporate sponsor. Its valued partners, including Google, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM, have further accentuated its popularity. Symfony, on the other hand, is sponsored by a French Company called SensioLabs. It offers a...

Why use Drupal for Enterprise Content Management

According to Fulcrum Research, 80% of enterprise content is unstructured. This challenges the corporate world to deal with a huge repository of unstructured content and convert it into a meaningful resource. The answer is a robust, efficient, and scalable Enterprise Content Management System. Choosing the right ECM for your business largely depends on answering questions like “How will you troubleshoot it?” and “How will it help your business?” The ECM Market is flooded with CMS solutions. Among so many options, several companies continue to prefer Drupal. You must be wondering what made Drupal reach this enviable popularity. So let’s take a look at those reasons. Versatility Drupal’s versatility makes it a reliable CMS in many ways. Presentation Layer – It has a very convenient presentation layer for easy and enjoyable authoring with the help of built-in integration. Drupal 8 provides a WYSIWYG-based, integrated editor that comes in very handy to create content rapidly. Multi-Channel Delivery – Drupal’s multi-channel delivery is an ideal feature to reach out to customers with a variety of devices. You can preview the content for any device such as a smartphone and optimize it for speed before posting it. Collaboration – Your web development team has to share content and media for better productivity. Group collaboration, management of user generated content, and handling activity streams of multiple users are some of Drupal’s best features. Language Compatibility – Your Drupal managed application provides the facility to download content translations for about 100 global languages. It also allows you to hide or display the content according to the language being used, giving you a responsive web design. Seamless Ecommerce Integration – Drupal allows...

A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and development of a new website? Yes, almost all of us have experienced this fear! This is because we have seen the former days when the task of developing a website involved plenty of HTML code, Flash or CSS that were not easily understood by non-technical persons. But with the changing face of website development globally, we have now reached a stage where it doesn’t take much time to develop websites, because this task doesn’t require one to know complex coding or possess design skills. The advent of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, provides a very efficient and user-friendly platform to create websites and manage the corresponding content online. WordPress is everywhere these days! The kind of website builder tools, themes, and plugins that are offered by WordPress have made it an extremely reliable and highly-popular website creation CMS platform. And statistics do not lie! If you go by the latest CMS usage statistics shared by Built With, approximately 48% of the websites built with CMS technology use WordPress as the CMS platform. The second best CMS usage is for Drupal at around 14%. Now that’s a massive difference which clearly indicates how popular and reliable WordPress is. Having worked on numerous web development and web framework design projects ourselves, we can completely relate to these statistics in favor of WordPress. Let’s explore the process to create your own websites using WordPress as well as WordPress’ advantages and disadvantages. How to Develop Websites Using WordPress Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to get your...