Eight everyday downtime realities—and how to handle them

Even a momentary power hiccup can cost thousands of dollars, disrupt your users, disappoint customers and tarnish your company’s reputation. Rest assured—whether it’s a hurricane taking out the grid, employees accidentally deleting files, or sudden hardware failure—Eaton’s got downtime covered. Check out these eight common downtime realities and learn how to respond when IT disaster strikes.

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14 Before-You-Buy UPS Tips

Whether it’s an electrical outage, severe weather or a cyberattack, an IT disaster can strike at any time. No matter the threat, it’s your job to ensure uptime—and UPSs are often your first line of defense. So it’s important to pick the right UPS for the right job. These tips will help you select UPS models that protect your network and maximize ROI, whether you need them for desktop terminals, network closets or your server room.

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Eight everyday downtime realities—and how to handle them

Even a momentary power hiccup can cost thousands of dollars, disrupt your users, disappoint customers and tarnish your company’s reputation. Rest assured—whether it’s a hurricane taking out the grid, employees accidentally deleting files, or sudden hardware failure—Eaton’s got downtime covered. Check out these eight common downtime realities and learn how to respond when IT disaster strikes.

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14 Before-You-Buy UPS Tips

Whether it’s an electrical outage, severe weather or a cyberattack, an IT disaster can strike at any time. No matter the threat, it’s your job to ensure uptime—and UPSs are often your first line of defense. So it’s important to pick the right UPS for the right job. These tips will help you select UPS models that protect your network and maximize ROI, whether you need them for desktop terminals, network closets or your server room.

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Eight everyday downtime realities—and how to handle them

Even a momentary power hiccup can cost thousands of dollars, disrupt your users, disappoint customers and tarnish your company’s reputation. Rest assured—whether it’s a hurricane taking out the grid, employees accidentally deleting files, or sudden hardware failure—Eaton’s got downtime covered. Check out these eight common downtime realities and learn how to respond when IT disaster strikes.

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14 Before-You-Buy UPS Tips

Whether it’s an electrical outage, severe weather or a cyberattack, an IT disaster can strike at any time. No matter the threat, it’s your job to ensure uptime—and UPSs are often your first line of defense. So it’s important to pick the right UPS for the right job. These tips will help you select UPS models that protect your network and maximize ROI, whether you need them for desktop terminals, network closets or your server room.

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Delivering Governed Self-Service BI Across the Enterprise

The purpose of this document is to provide Pyramid Analytics customers with an actionable, high-level framework, guidance and tips to successfully deliver governed self-service BI across the enterprise. Although ad-hoc reporting tools have come a long way the past few years, most of the tools in the market today have significant governance gaps.

Self-service BI governance involves a partnership between business and IT leaders on how to best empower everyone to make data-driven decisions efficiently and responsibly. Analytics guides interactions, informs decisions, drives processes and ensures better outcomes. In balancing organization and individual needs, a collaborative initiative considers various user perspectives and reporting use cases. Since everyone must participate, governance requires an organizational reporting culture change.

In summary, effective self-service BI governance processes are essential to ensure users are viewing high-quality, relevant data for decision-making. They also help users understand standards for creating and sharing reports responsibly.

Pyramid Analytics provides organizations with an intuitive administrative framework to publish and share content. Administrators can configure role-based access using group security profiles and track lineage and versioning at the storyboard level to gain complete telemetry on how users are consuming content.

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Improve Self-Service Analytics Credibility with Data Quality

Data is at the heart of every organization.

In the journey to become more data-driven in decision making, we are seeing unprecedented democratization of data and adoption of self-service analytics. Rigid data collection and reporting processes of the past have given way to rapid gathering of raw, unstructured and crowdsourced data. As a result of that change, there are inevitable trade-offs with data quality.

Self-service visual analytics solutions often quickly expose data quality issues that you may not even realize exist. Unfortunately, inaccurate data undermines the powerful value of self-service analytics. If people don't trust your reports, they won’t use them. Since self-service analytics credibility, adoption and success hinges on accurate data, data quality should be given more attention as you implement these solutions.

Every organization today depends on data to understand its customers and employees, design new products, reach target markets, and plan for the future. Accurate, complete, and up-to-date information is essential if you want to optimize your decision making, avoid constantly playing catch-up and maintain your competitive advantage.

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The Enduring Value of Narrative Reporting

While they throw numerous cross-department teams at the problem or embark on yet another technology initiative, year after year organizations continuously labor through the reporting process, delivering bland, formulaic reports that provide little decision-making value.

Many business intelligence (BI) solutions in the marketplace today—the very tools designed to interrogate data and produce meaningful insights—are only making things worse.

Meanwhile, emergent self-service BI tools promise to empower end users and improve speed to insight. While they can produce attractive data visualizations in dashboard style reports, they haven’t made it any easier to produce the professional, narrative-style reports that many business leaders require.

In this paper, we explore these in greater detail, discuss why many BI solutions fall short, and explain how Pyramid Analytics excels in each of these key areas.

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Skills for Agile Testers

In a modern software engineering team, keeping pace with the latest tools, skills and practices can be a significant challenge.

Make sure you stay ahead of the Agile Testing curve by implementing the latest Agile Practices. Combined with some Technical Skills that Aren’t Automation, and by selecting one or more of the Top Coding Skills to work on – you can take both your team, and your career to the next level.

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9 Hyperion Myths That Are Making You Less Effective

The tools in Oracle's Hyperion suite of software products for enterprise performance management (EPM) and business intelligence (BI) are among the most powerful and effective applications available to corporate environments. However, it's also true that with the great power of Hyperion comes great responsibility -- which many organizations struggle with.

EPM systems like Hyperion are mission-critical, but they can be complicated and mercurial to manage. If you're a Hyperion administrator, manager or even a finance director, you're almost certainly well familiar with crashes, bugs, and performance issues, and you know that they can delay reporting and take hours or even days to fix.

This white paper has aimed to bust some of the biggest myths surrounding Oracle Hyperion performance management. When you have the right tools at your disposal, the idea that Hyperion performance management is difficult, time-consuming and expensive isn’t just incorrect, it’s holding your business back.

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Cut Costs and Improve ROI: Turn Hyperion EPM Pain into Business Gain

These days, data is one of an organization's most valuable currencies. Of course, the more companies come to rely on accurate, up-to-date data, the more painful it becomes when they start to have problems with data analysis and reporting. These pain points can come in many forms, including missing and inaccurate data, late reports, and overlooked insights.

In far too many cases, these challenges are a result of problems with the Oracle Hyperion enterprise performance management (EPM) software suite. Although Hyperion has incredible advantages, it can also suck up valuable time and effort. As a result, even the most well-intentioned companies are distracted from focusing on their core revenue-generating business initiatives.

The good news is that organizations don't have to live with chronic Hyperion pain. By joining forces with a skilled partner who has extensive knowledge of and experience with Oracle applications, and the resources to provide a complete view of the inner workings of the Hyperion engine, companies can cut costs, become more efficient, and liberate their employees to work on higher-level core activities.

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