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  • Blog Post: Online Retailer Boosts Productivity with Self-Service Business Intelligence Solution

    Vente-privee.com wanted to provide self-service business intelligence capabilities to improve decision making and enhance the customer experience. In 2010, the company deployed Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, Office Professional 2010, and SharePoint Server 2010. Now, customers can access the information...
  • Blog Post: Grocery Retailer Uses Business Intelligence to Strengthen Supplier Negotiations

    Grocery retailer Waitrose needed a more efficient business intelligence solution to support buyers’ daily decisions. It designed a solution based on Microsoft® technologies, which pulls reporting and analysis into one place. Buyers can quickly access crucial trading figures and supplier data for use...
  • Blog Post: Centralizing and Sharing Business Intelligence

      This technical white paper features the Microsoft CBI (Consolidated Business Intelligence) portal as the context to discuss how Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Microsoft business intelligence products to help business units within Microsoft to make better and faster decisions...
  • Blog Post: Self Service BI in Retail

    I've been in several meetings with retailers where business users and IT have been at odds with each other over business intelligence and reporting. At many of the retailers, I have noticed that business groups tend to own a large part of the Business Intelligence Applications and IT has very little...
  • Blog Post: Technical Case Study: Supply-Chain Management Platform Supports Seamless Partner Collaboration

    This is an excellent whitepaper for understanding the challenges and solution for Supply Chain Collaboration as implemented by the Entertainment and Devices (EDD) division in Microsoft. EDD leverages a complex supply chain of over 300 partners, suppliers, and distributors. Supporting the EDD business...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Case Studies for the Retail Industry

    Wenatex New Information Management Solution Awakens Business Insight at Sleep System Retailer Potbelly Sandwich Works Restaurant Boosts Revenues 2.5 Percent by Giving Performance Data to Managers Danske Danish Supermarket Group Manages 10 Terabytes of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005 Acosta...
  • Blog Post: Market Basket Analysis Using Excel 2007 & SQL Server 2008

    Impulse buying can account for a significant percentage of all supermarket purchases (I've seen different research reports peg it between 20% to 60%. One of the latest reports puts it closer to 20% See article ). Market Basket Analysis enables retailers to discover which items tend to be bought together...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to NRF

        The NRF Convention and Expo begins on Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. I have been working this week in getting the material and demos ready for the expo. I worked with Avanade and Profitbase to build out a Data Warehouse for reporting Sales and Performance...
  • Blog Post: Assortment Planning Solutions for Retail

    In the current economic downturn, retailers have been hit particularly hard. Retailers that continue to innovate and explore new opportunities in pricing, sourcing, inventory management and assortment management will position themselves to compete even more strongly as the economy recovers. Retailers...
  • Blog Post: Price Optimization Solutions for Retail

    Retailers have begun to feel the effect of the weakening economy, as consumers are cutting back on discretionary spending. Most retailers acknowledge the strategic importance of pricing and its impact on the bottom line, but many lack the processes and tools to effectively manage price optimization....
  • Blog Post: NRF 98th Annual Convention & EXPO

    The Convention is open January 11-14 and the EXPO Hall Floor and DESiGN STUDiO January 12-13. Registration is open at : LINK Now Reading : Competing on Analytics (Excellent book on understanding the power of analytics in business)
  • Blog Post: Mediacart

    Last week I had an opportunity to see Mediacart in action and was pretty impressed by the scenarios that it could empower: quick scan and bag to speed the checkout process (for the retailer this can mean reduced labor costs); display store specials, discounts and coupons; get detailed product information...
  • Blog Post: Mastering Time Series Prediction with SQL Server 2008 Data Mining (Video)

  • Blog Post: Key Performance Indicators in Retail

    Store Managers, District Managers and HQ can benefit greatly from reacting to business conditions on the fly. They need to be aware of changing business conditions and be able to see how the business is reacting, understand what changes need to be made, and adjust plans and forecasts to meet new challenges...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008: Predictive Analytics for the Retail Industry

    To stay competitive, retailers must understand not only current consumer behavior, but must also be able to predict future consumer behavior. Accurate prediction and an understanding of customer behavior can help retailers keep customers, improve sales, and extend the relationship with their customers...
  • Blog Post: Driving Retail Profit with Visualization Technologies

    Join Retail Analyst Paula Rosenblum for an informative Webcast on how todays location based solutions provide insight to help improve profits and customer satisfaction. Attend the webcast to find out how companies like Starbucks, Harley Davidson and Fedex Kinkos use mapping technologies to connect with...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining Videos

      Data Mining Videos on TechNet:   Ø Introduction to Data Mining - Rafal Lukawiecki , Strategic Consultant, Project Botticelli Ltd Ø Working with Data Mining - Rafal Lukawiecki , Strategic Consultant, Project Botticelli Ltd Ø Using Data Mining in your IT Systems (Part 1) - Rafal...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining Webcast

    Catch Donald Farmer, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation and Lynn Langit, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation talk about Data Mining using examples in Retail in a Live Webcast on May 21, 11:30Am (Pacific). The session looks at how an organization implements data mining to help the...
  • Blog Post: ARTS Announces Support of Business Intelligence

    The Association for Retail Technology Standards, a division of the National Retail Federation, has created a data warehouse design exclusively for business intelligence. Drawing on 15 years of experience in developing data standards exclusively for retail, the goal of the data warehouse is to make information...
  • Blog Post: Contextual Business Intelligence with Microsoft Office Visio Professional

    Over the last few years, there has been explosive growth in the awareness and availability of business intelligence (BI) solutions in all organizations from small, family-owned businesses all the way up to the largest enterprises in the world.  One of the biggest challenges facing these organizations...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft | Teradata

    The combination of Microsoft and Teradata enables data warehousing/enterprise BI solutions to be extended broadly to the information workers within enterprise companies who are most able to impact business performance. Customers and prospects will benefit from the combination of Microsoft’s low cost...
  • Blog Post: Profitbase

    I just got back from an awesome NRF conference in NY . Along with me, at the Microsoft booth was a Norwegian company called Profitbase . I worked with Proftbase and the PerformancePoint team for the last few weeks to build out a dashboard to showcase the KPIs exposed by the Profitbase Solution. The...
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