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Understanding Power BI Governance and its Approaches in Business

Over the past four years, Microsoft Power BI has proved to be the key to transforming the business intelligence landscape

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A power BI governance allows proper management of business and enterprise. Pixabay

Over the past four years, Microsoft Power BI has proved to be the key to transforming the business intelligence landscape. Both small and large organizations have benefitted from this tool, enabling business leaders to analyze quickly, find new insights, and act based on these insights.

Power Bi governance overshadows the voice of reason on how best to address planning, deployment, and management of insights. To implement Power BI governance, the first thing you need to decide is what the delivery approach of the project will be. 

A delivery approach dictates the way reports will be made available, and most importantly assigns responsibility to everyone. At its core, an approach will define where the responsibilities of IT stop, and that of business begins. There are three approaches used for Power BI implementations. Read on to verse yourself with these three approaches.

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Power Bi governance overshadows the voice of reason on how best to address planning, deployment, and management of insights. Pixabay

Business-led Self-Service BI

In this kind of approach, business users have the most involvement and control. It incorporates many non-standardized, non-governed data sources. There’s an inclusion of enterprise-governed sources. However, they aren’t the primary source of data. 

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The advantage of these kinds of implementations is flexibility. This flexibility stems from business users controlling both datasets and the visualization layer. 

Given that the most significant impact is that the business units must take ownership and offer support. This approach requires skilled experts. A qualified and technically capable business team brings it to a proper conclusion.

IT-Managed Self-Service BI (Hybrid)

In this approach, business users use Power BI as a reporting layer on top of a controlled and standardized Corporate DWH. The IT organization’s BI team is responsible for creating and maintaining the dataset. However, certain business users with Power BI Pro licenses create reports and dashboards for consumption by other users. 

The business further owns the reports build on top of the data. The advantage of this approach is that both layers can use their release cycle. Therefore, the development cycle isn’t held back by the often slower database/data warehouse development cycle.

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To implement Power BI governance, the first thing you need to decide is what the delivery approach of the project will be. Pixabay

Corporate BI 

Also known as Enterprise reporting, in Corporate Bi, the IT team owns these kinds of Power Bi Governance implementation. The IT team in this approach is responsible for all layers, starting with the data and ending with the reports. 

Corporate BI, however, structured and trustworthy in comparison to the rest of the Power BI governance implementations; it will often have a slower development cycle. It also requires dedicated IT personnel.

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The chosen approach helps set the level of business involvement, which further dictates the kind of power bi governance that the project needs. You have to be actively involved in your business to understand the exact measures needed to improve operations.

It’s important to note that it is okay to employ multiple approaches. Given that each project may have different requirements and user communities requiring different approaches, using multiple approaches in such a scenario is the most suitable thing to do.

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A good example where multiple approaches may come in handy is in a scenario where a self-service report becomes widely used and eventually considered business-critical. In such a case, it is advisable to switch to a manageable approach.

Organizations can choose to deliver and manage their Power BI Governance through IT and standard project workflows. They can also further empower other business users to adopt self-service BI tools offered by credible organizations such as EPC Group that offer consultations as well. 

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Reimagining Business Models for a Post-Pandemic World

The idea is suggested by a book named "It's Logical: Innovating Profitable Business Models"

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The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a drastic reimagining of business models in going forward. Pixabay

The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will entail a drastic reimagining of business models in going forward says a new book on the subject that proposes frameworks with Design Thinking as the backbone for creating win-win situations.

“Today, more than ever, there is a strong need for re-imagining the way business needs to be conducted through deep empathy and exploring win-win situations for all stakeholders involved,” writes Kaustubh Dhargalkar, an entrepreneur-turned-academician, innovation evangelist and start-up mentor, in “It’s Logical: Innovating Profitable Business Models” published by Sage and which is available as an ebook on Amazon.

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The book is available as an ebook on Amazon. Wikimedia Commons

To this end, the book proposes “frameworks (with Design Thinking as the backbone) for creating win-win situations to visualize sustainable business models in times to come, which should prove useful in the prevailing, unprecedented circumstances”.

Laced with multiple real life studies, the book advocates that innovation is not about flash in the pan ideas; it is driven by pure logic. It further explains how to map the ecosystem to understand synergies for creating innovative offerings.

In his foreword, Sudhakar Nadkarni (Founder, Industrial Design Centre at IIT-Bombay; Founder, Department of Design at IIT-Guwahati) writes: “It takes great effort and a long time to develop an innovative culture. Innovation, as is often said, does not fall from the heavens. It takes vision and a strong commitment to the objective.”

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Noting that he has “some reservations” about the “fashion” that innovation centres have become, Nadkarni says: One cannot innovate in the absence of an ecosystem that drives innovation. This book, supported by deep research and many case studies, shows that it is possible to come up with an innovative business model that does not stick to conventional paradigms.”

Drawing an analogy with cricket, Nadkarni says that creating a good business model involves “searching for gaps, angling the bat and caressing the ball in the desired direction. It requires a creative yet trained mind. This book tells you exactly how to spot those gaps in the field and train your creative muscle.” (IANS)

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How to Build the Ultimate Ecommerce App with Builder.ai’s Studio Store

Businesses all over the globe have gone digital during the Coronavirus pandemic

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The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up. Pixabay

Not too long ago, NASDAQ predicted that by the year 2040, as much as 95% of shopping will be facilitated by ecommerce. Similarly, Shopify Plus estimates that by the year 2021, worldwide retail ecommerce sales will reach $4.9 trillion – a number that will now be amplified as a result of the recent events. The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up.

For good or for bad, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have left businesses little choice but to go digital. Gone are the days when goliaths like Walmart would build ecommerce apps just to indulge a handful of customers. Today, it is either go digital or go home.  So, for all businesses looking for an ecommerce mobile app builder, Studio Store could be an interesting option.

Launched recently by Builder.ai with the goal of helping businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, Studio Store is a new range of pre-packaged apps – beginning with e-commerce and delivery – designed to bring businesses online faster and at a fraction of the cost of building from scratch. With Studio Store, Builder.ai is furthering its mission to democratize the software market by offering pre-built software for a fraction of the price, giving more companies than ever the opportunity to use technology to grow their business.

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Here’s how you can get an ecommerce website to flourish your website. Pixabay

So, if you’ve been wondering how to build an ecommerce app, then here are the key problems Studio Store solves with features that are most noteworthy:

  • Most apps take 6-9 months to develop, depending on the complexity. 

Unlike most ecommerce app builders, Studio Store ecommerce app by Builder.ai will serve the specific needs of businesses across e-commerce – such as flower shops, grocery stores and clothiers – and be delivered to customers in eight weeks.

  • Most app development journeys are complicated and take months of back and forth to just nail down basic feature sets. 

The Studio Store’s e-commerce app makes selling to an ever-mobile customer effortless, and retailers can showcase their goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods. The app includes features that will handle the soup to nuts of most e-commerce experiences.

  • For most ecommerce app builders, their job ends as soon as an app is handed over to the customer, with little to no customer service after. 

Studio Store by Builder.ai offers 3 months of free aftercare that keeps the app thriving and the cloud needed to run the app and scale the business.

  • App developers charge hefty down payments even before a project begins.

Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees (so you’ll only pay those charged directly by a payment gateway). Builder.ai only requires a one-month deposit at the beginning of the engagement.

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Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees. Pixabay

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  • With SaaS app builders, each customer gets complete ownership of their code.

The biggest drawback of SaaS applications is that the source code remains the same for all customers. In cases where new features are rolled out, they’re rolled out universally. But with Studio Store, the customer gets a copy of the code after 24 months.

All in all, if you are looking to build an ecommerce app online, then Builder.ai could be the best choice. You can check out the Studio Store for yourself by clicking here.

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McLaren Removes OnePlus as Partner For The 2020 F1 Season: Report

OnePlus removed from McLaren's partners' page

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MClaren has not listed OnePlus as partner for the 2020 F1 season. Wikimedia Commons

OnePlus has released “McLaren Edition” smartphones for couple of years but now, a Reddit user reports that the British carmaker has not listed OnePlus as partner for the 2020 F1 season.

The removal of the Chinese brand from the list of partners has resulted in the speculation that the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition will most likely not get a successor this year, reports XDA Developers.

OnePlus has been doing special editions of its phones for a few years now.

The OnePlus 5T was available in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Edition, and the OnePlus 6 was available in a Marvel Avengers Edition.

Both of these smartphones were available in limited quantities and in select regions only.

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The removal of the Chinese brand from the list of partners has resulted in the speculation. Wikimedia Commons

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The smartphone maker launched the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with a new and distinct CMF (colour-material-finish), 10GB RAM and Warp Charge 30 charging technology, to expand the scope of these special editions.

The most recent McLaren Edition device from the OnePlus was OnePlus 7T Pro.

The company recently launched its 8 series smartphones, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Both are powerful as well as expensive and the smartphone maker will have to find a new partner to give that a special twist worth paying more for. (IANS)