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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

More articles and Ron's blog can be found in his BeyeNETWORK expert channel.

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Colony American Finance was able to increase profitability by taking their business intelligence (BI) to the cloud. The importance of empowering business users was critical, and my interview with Matthew March, CIO at Colony American Finance, highlights how efficiently he was able to work with his executive team to create an effective BI platform in just two months.

Over the years I have been discussing several keys to effective BI. These include time to market, integration with operational business processes and timely acquisition of data. In my interview with Matthew, which includes several use cases, he shares how he was able to effectively address all of these key areas by creating a BI infrastructure that encompasses the cloud. He can now provide his business users with safe and secure access to 27 different data sources so they can do their own ad hoc analysis without involving IT.

This is one of the best BI implementations I have seen, and it clearly shows how this company has reached the goal that every BI implementation hopes to achieve.  By eliminating stovepipe BI and enabling business users to effectively do ad hoc analysis themselves, Colony American Finance has realized the promise of BI -- to empower users and do it with minimal IT involvement.

Posted November 14, 2016 8:15 AM
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I recently interviewed Michael Howard of C9 and we discussed how C9 is solving one of the most difficult problems facing large organizations today, which is in predicting revenue. By integrating both operational and big data sources within an application, most CFOs and financial organizations can more accurately predict future revenue numbers and mitigate earnings surprises that hamper many private and public companies today. The application is currently being utilized by some of the biggest companies today for predictive analytics - they include Google, Pandora and LinkedIn. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted January 8, 2014 10:00 AM
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Adaptive Planning and the Business Performance Innovation Network recently release the results of their quarterly survey of finance executives. One of the findings of the survey was that improving planning, reporting and analysis is the top challenge for finance organizations. I think you'll find some of the other survey finding interesting too. You can view the survey (PDF) here.

Posted July 26, 2010 2:05 PM
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Do you talk "directly" to your customers before you begin new product development. More importantly, do you really listen to them? If you do, you're bound to see profits increase.

That's what I learned when I read  New Product Blueprinting: The Handbook for B2B Organic Growth by Dan Adams. It's a book that you'll want to read so that you can be sure that your product development processes aren't mired in old-fashioned methods.

In addition to thoroughly explaining the benefits of directly involving your customers in your product development processes, Dan even provides 7 steps you can begin using right away. I also really liked Chapter 8 on using customer interviews for a competitive edge. For me, reading Dan's book was time well spent for me, and I'm sure it will be for you too.

Posted March 31, 2010 4:00 AM
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Here's your chance to have your voice heard and then to receive a copy of this important research on business performance management.

Did you know that reports consistently show that business performance management (BPM) ranks in the top three as a priority in business intelligence (BI), along with data warehousing and data quality. Yet, according to a Gartner study, through 2011 at least 50% of companies implementing BPM systems will fail to improve performance management processes across the organization. The BeyeNETWORK and DecisionPath Consulting are conducting research on the power that the combination performance management and business intelligence can provide, and your input will help the report authors understand current adoption and usage of these technologies.

Qualified survey respondents will get a copy of the research report and a $5 Amazon gift card in appreciation for your time and input. Please click here to take the survey.

Posted March 9, 2010 9:16 AM
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