10 top tips to get ready for Making Tax Digital – Business Article

Is your business ready for HMRC’s revamp to the tax system? If you’re yet to start the process and need support to get ready for Making Tax Digital, this article will help you take the steps to get things moving. When Making Tax Digital begins in April, starting with the VAT programme, it will be the first step taken by HMRC to reduce the £9bn of tax revenue that is lost each year due to incorrect submissions. Who is affected…

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5 ways companies are making better decisions with industry specific data analytics – Business Intelligence Article

By utilizing a fact-based, real-time, singular version of the truth, companies are now empowered to achieve and maintain a competitive edge through the use of industry specific data analytics.  Executives have immediate access to crucial information on core business processes such as industry trends, customer behavior, productivity, inventory, and detailed financial analysis. Data analytics software extracts the information, transforming it into clear insights to enable actionable and strategic decision-making to readily achieve their goals. 1. Sales decisions Industry specific data analytics…

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Making Tax Digital checklist: How to ensure you’re ready for MTD – Business Article

As of 1 April 2019, VAT-registered businesses in the UK will need to submit their VAT returns using “functional compatible software”, as part of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) plans. With the deadline approaching, we’ve created a Making Tax Digital checklist to help you. And below, you’ll find a checklist infographic, which highlights the considerations and steps you need to take to prepare for MTD. One key thing to remember is that from April 2019, if your VATable turnover is…

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Connecting the Dots: SEO, PPC, Social & Email – Business Article

Ever wonder how certain digital marketing tactics impact each other? And how you can mix them together for maximum results? For example, how does advertising in Google Ads impact your search engine rankings?  Or how about the reverse — how does SEO impact Google Ads campaigns?  And how does social media marketing impact email marketing? Or are these tactics mutually exclusive so they have zero impact on each other? The short answer is no, they are not mutually exclusive tactics.  In fact, they all impact each…

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4 SEO Over-Optimization Mistakes to Avoid – Business Article

Many businesses are so eager to get ranked in Google that they over-do it. They use aggressive SEO techniques that ultimately backfire, pushing their website further and further down the rankings… It reminds me of the guy who is trying so hard to impress a girl that he ends up doing the complete opposite – she runs away.  When you over-do it with Google, she’ll push you away as well! So, in today’s article, I’m going to walk you through 4 “over-optimization” mistakes to avoid to ensure you don’t get…

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3 Steps to Improve Marketing ROI – Business Article

I recently received the following question, “What are the steps to improve my marketing return on investment?” Like most general marketing questions like this, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.  The steps for your business may not be the same for my business and vice versa.  It all depends on your current situation. So the bad news here is that I can’t give you a definitive, specific answer to your situation (without knowing more about the details of your business). The good news is…

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Growth IQ – – Business Article

The book review for this week is Growth IQ by Tiffani Bova. Bova has written a powerful book that describes the optimal paths to business growth in today’s marketplace. She backs up her theories with excellent case studies using relevant businesses and their current levels of success and/or failure. My takeaways from this book are the ten paths to business growth shown in the list and diagram below and the knowledge that most of these paths are not stand alone.…

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The Resilience of Master Data Management – Business Intelligence Article

Final article in a six-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt For years, there have been industry professionals and analysts who seemingly find pleasure in declaring some type of technology “dead”. This compulsion has been a constant in the software industry. Master data management (MDM) is no exception. Some have been convinced that MDM was DOA practically from the day it emerged as a distinct form of data management and data governance. Making such…

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MDM – Speaking the “Language” of Business – Business Intelligence Article

Part 5 of a six-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt Data management continues to take on an ever-growing range of activities as the role of data has evolved and expanded for many organizations. Business agility and real-time insight are inherent requirements for many organizations. To meet such requirements, organizations need right-time data on a continuous basis, where master data management initiatives are integral to processing business-ready data. MDM software solutions are evolving as well,…

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Business People are Drivers of the New Age of MDM – Business Intelligence Article

Part 4 of a six-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt Master data management and data governance have always been about business. However, there has been a history of MDM implementations putting too much emphasis on technology, and less time into over-arching business aspects. For successful outcomes and continuous improvement, the ongoing participation of various business roles is an essential element of MDM strategies and activities. It takes ‘everybody’ to ensure optimal data management processes…

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How Does Technology Enable Effective MDM? – Business Intelligence Article

Part 3 of a six-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt No Room for “Tech for Tech’s Sake” Many organizations have routinely made technology purchases based solely on the predilections of IT groups. This approach to technology decisions has often proven to be a limited path in terms of providing the technology infrastructure imperative for business needs in today’s world, one that has become faster and more complex for many organizations. More organizations are now…

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How I Tamed WordPress – Wonen in Business Article

Because I was a die-hard technophobe (honest!) I was scared to use the big girls toys (WordPress) and I started out using Wix, Moonfruit, Weebly and Mr Site (I now refer to the latter as ‘Mr Shite’). The problem with these easy build sites is that they lack a lot of customisation AND you can’t scale your site as your grow your empire. There’s no way I could’ve build my 6-figure business academy on one of those platforms. I wish…

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MDM for Business Value: New Approaches – Business Intelligence Article

Part 2 of a six-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt Master data management is entering an ‘evolutionary’ era where MDM implementations better mirror how businesses use data for numerous purposes, and where people, practices and processes come to the forefront as essential elements. MDM functioned as yet another solution space that was harmed by disproportionate attention to its underlying technologies. But MDM has always been far more about business objectives and needs, as well…

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The Next Chapter | Hub Designs Magazine – Business Intelligence Article

Turning the page I started Hub Designs in July 2007, as a consulting firm focused on developing strategy and delivering solutions, and on research and thought leadership for master data management (MDM) and data governance. It’s been a lot of fun – and a lot of hard work too, of course. Hub Designs survived the global financial crisis of 2008, and plenty of other ups and downs along the way. But it took a toll – on me, and on my…

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Master Data Management Rebooted (Part 1) – Business Intelligence Article

Part 1 of a multi-part series on the “New Age of Master Data Management” by Julie Hunt The ‘New Age’ of Master Data Management It’s about time that master data management (MDM) enjoyed a ‘new age’. The creation and use of master data for business purposes has always been a good idea. The goal has been to make sense of all data that touches the organization: clean it up, add context, enrich it, and put it to work strategically as…

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Latest White Paper with Information Builders: “Five Things to Focus On for Faster MDM Results” – Business Intelligence Article

The latest Hub Designs white paper, sponsored by Information Builders Hub Designs’ latest white paper on master data management (MDM) was published recently by Information Builders. The paper is titled Five Things to Focus On for Faster MDM Results, and it talks about the importance of getting the “soft stuff” right and improving the alignment between business and IT. It also covers how to achieve a business-oriented, balanced, holistic approach that addresses: People / corporate culture (through organization design and change management)…

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Albert Essiam, PhD | Hub Designs Magazine – Business Intelligence Article

Looking for a data scientist?  My friend, Albert Essiam, is a seasoned Research and Data Analyst with more than 20 years of experience enabling organizations to make profitable and effective decisions by providing detailed data analysis and interpretation. He has combined his educational background in engineering, probability, statistics, and risk assessment with skills in hands-on project management, consulting, and modeling & forecasting to promote enterprise- wide success. He’s skilled at pricing strategy development, strategic planning, and cost control. He has exceptional problem solving skills, with clear communication…

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