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IoT and Analytics
March 8, 2018

Use of Blockchain in the Manufacturing Industry

Recently we talked about blockchain in the oil & gas industry, and the next logical question is… What about blockchain in the manufacturing industry? Blockchain is a transparent distributed ledger…

IoT and Analytics
February 22, 2018

Budgeting – FP&A After Microsoft Forecaster

Microsoft Forecaster was a great tool for companies with relatively simple budgeting and forecasting needs. Now that Microsoft Forecaster is discontinued, many companies are actively looking for a sophisticated FP&A…

January 31, 2018

4 Best Practices for Oil and Gas Service Companies

Now that oil prices are rising and energy companies are renewing exploration operations, it’s time to re-evaluate what you, as an oil and gas service company, can do to get…

IoT and Analytics
January 18, 2018

Resources for Learning Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a hot topic right now. The Power BI Desktop business analytics visualization tool is free to use. Upgrading to Power BI Premium gives you true enterprise-wide…

December 20, 2017

4 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

It’s that time of year again, where everyone wants to know what the hottest technology trends will be in 2018. We see these four areas having the biggest impact for…

IoT and Analytics
December 14, 2017

5 Business Analytics Trends Fueling Manufacturing Growth

As a company that has long specialized in implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics for manufacturing companies, it’s exciting to see all the new opportunities coming from our business analytics team. While…

IoT and Analytics
November 14, 2017

How will IoT and Analytics Impact the Future of Manufacturing?

This article was originally published in Industry Week, click here to read original article. What Role Will Big Data Analytics and AI Play in the Future of Lean Manufacturing? Ask…

IoT and Analytics
October 30, 2017

Top 10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

DataCONNECT is a data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics that enables you to create a single source of validated company data you can trust. Is DataCONNECT a wise investment for…

IoT and Analytics
October 26, 2017

How to Get Started with IoT

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small. IoT devices (Internet of Things) are taking the manufacturing world by storm. At Industry of Things World 2017,…

IoT and Analytics
October 9, 2017

Making the Case for Business Analytics

If you’re still running monthly reports and poring over Excel spreadsheets to find the insight hidden in the numbers, you’re working too hard – and worse, you’re missing opportunities to…

IoT and Analytics
August 31, 2017

Understanding your Power BI Options

Power BI is cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to build your own BI dashboard using data from a variety of sources. The solution can also be available on-premise…

IoT and Analytics
August 4, 2017

3 Technology Trends Giving Manufacturing Executives Shop Floor Insight

In a rivalry as old as time, management and workers each think they know what’s REALLY going on in a manufacturing plant. The manufacturing management team has business analytics and…

IoT and Analytics
July 26, 2017

Is the Data Warehouse Dead?

For years, there have been a few technology pundits declaring the Data Warehouse to be a dying technology – to be killed off at any moment by “Big Data” and…

IoT and Analytics
July 19, 2017

Demystifying Business Analytics

Organizations are drowning in data. Business analytics tools provide a way to create order out of chaos, transform confusion into clarity, and turn information into insight. Analytics enables everyone in…

IoT and Analytics
June 21, 2017

2017 Industry of Things World Keynote Recording

MCA Connect was proud to present the Keynote Recording along with Microsoft and Dell Technologies at the 2017 Industry of Things World Conference in San Diego. Watch the 30-minute recording...
IoT and Analytics
April 20, 2017

Defining Business Analytics

What is business analytics? How does it differ from business intelligence? What ARE data cubes?

IoT and Analytics
April 11, 2017

Need historical data?

Typically, when companies buy Microsoft Dynamics 365 (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), detailed historical data is not pulled over into the new system.  There are several good reasons for this: It…

IoT and Analytics
April 11, 2017

The trouble with data cubes

Data cubes are a vital part of today’s business analytics landscape. In geometry, a cube is 3-dimensional. In technology, data cubes can be multi-dimensional. Data cube technology allows users to slice-and-dice…

IoT and Analytics
February 28, 2017

Where the rubber meets the road at Dell Technologies

How much does a second cost you? In the manufacturing facilities at Dell Technologies, the answer is – MILLIONS! The cumulative cost of building and testing millions of units means…

IoT and Analytics
November 17, 2016

The Voice of the Operator: Turning data into insight

How ERP systems generate so much data Those of us who “live and breathe” ERP systems are flooded with information about orders and transactions. There are transactions for shipments, receipts,…

IoT and Analytics
June 13, 2016

Get Ready. Microsoft’s Future Manufacturing Vision Is Here.

TWELVE BILLION DOLLARS $12B – this is the latest figure for Microsoft’s annual spend on R&D In 2010 Microsoft imagined a manufacturing future where workers collaborated seamlessly across time-zones, used...
IoT and Analytics
August 31, 2015

How to integrate Microsoft Dynamics AX with Azure Logic and Other Apps

This post originally appeared on the AX Developer Connection Blog Microsoft Dynamics AX is an ERP platform designed for integration. The ease at which you can fire up a web service…

IoT and Analytics
July 17, 2015

Questions to Ask Your Business Analytics Provider

Are You Asking Your Business Analytics Provider These 5 Questions? There are many business analytics solutions on the market today. All are dependent on properly accessing the underlying Data Architecture…