Thirty Years of Simpson Associates

It’s a special year for myself and the team at Simpson Associates as we celebrate our 30th birthday. We’ve come a long way and so much has happened within the past 30 years, including huge advancements in technology and people’s ...

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Five steps to identifying your organisational dragons and taking action.

"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit If ever there was a quote for our times, then this is surely it. Though what you wish ...

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 Why cash is king (or reality) for your business

Don’t run out of money. Always good advice, but with so much else to worry about, I am starting to see some companies take their eye off the ball. All business comes down to money, yet most companies spend so ...

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Azure Purview – Unified Data Governance

Data has never been more important to an organisation. The last 9 months have shown the importance of data as organisations have had to suddenly replan, reforecast, and adjust to the dramatically changing landscape that we all found ourselves in. For ...

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Goodbye “Business as Usual”

For any Financial Director involved with Planning, let me start by saying sorry. Sorry that you find yourself having to plan in today’s environment. Sorry that whichever accountancy qualification you have did not quite prepare you for our lockdown world. ...

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The power of business analytics in achieving organisational success

What is business analytics? Industries today generate a staggering amount of information and data, which has resulted in an ever-growing need for organisations to readily interpret and analyse information. With this key business need comes business analytics: a powerful tool at ...

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The five key new features of IBM Planning Analytics Workspace

On 2nd October 2020 IBM released a major update to Planning Analytics (PA) with significant changes to the “Planning Analytics Workspace” (PAW) component. PAW is the web enabled user interface where application content is created and consumed, and where much ...

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Five Top Benefits of IBM Planning Analytics.  

For businesses looking to take planning one step further, I can tell you that I have not found a better tool to do this than IBM Planning Analytics (PA) powered by TM1. Having worked with PA for many years, I’ve designed ...

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Migrating an On-Premise SQL Database to Azure – Is it right for my organisation?

“Should we migrate our databases into Azure?” is a question many Database Administrators? (DBAs), IT Managers and IT Directors have contemplated during the last decade and more than likely right now!  The decision to migrate is not straightforward, so a ...

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Azure Analysis Services Vs. Power BI Premium

Is that even a valid question? A friend of mine from Microsoft wrote a blog questioning Azure Analysis Vs. Power BI Premium a few years ago, but at that point, I think it was a little easier to answer and ...

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How a Managed Service provider can help your business stay scalable

You don’t buy technology because you want it. You buy technology because it empowers you to run your business. It’s about what the technology, and from our perspective, the data it provides, can bring to your business. Of course, needs ...

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Power BI and Teams – The best of both worlds

You have some great reports which deliver the insights that everyone is asking for. You have set up permissions and given access for them to consume and make more informed day to day and strategic decisions. Yet, not everyone is ...

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Financial Planning is like sailing a boat

Financial Planning and Analytics professionals make a living from looking at huge amounts of information about an organisation and then making sense of it. Big changes in the figures are prioritised, investigated and analysed until there is an understanding of ...

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Projects: The best way to avoid failure is to plan your success

Defining success Back in the day, delivering a successful Performance Analytics project was achieved by finishing your project on time, on budget and to a high level of quality. Today, the final result is no longer the single measure of project ...

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Digitising the boardroom: Driving better decision-making with Board Solutions

A backdrop of globalisation, digitisation, and an uncertain marketplace is placing great pressure on today’s business world. To stay competitive, decision-makers across all departments need access to the right information at ever-increasing speeds, at any time - and from different ...

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Service Management Simplified: How to save time and reduce risk

The Service Charge opportunity Studies have shown that up to two hours per day can be saved by eliminating paperwork and streamlining workflow, along with cutting out unproductive travel[i]. It comes as no surprise then that in the face of today’s ...

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The best way to skin the SQL: The difference between a good developer and an awesome developer

Performance tuning is essentially using various techniques that make SQL code run in the quickest possible time and is the difference between a good developer and an awesome developer.  After the SQL is written, it gets tested for syntax or ...

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The Importance of keeping up to date with the latest IBM Release Packs

Common Customer Challenges - Just why is it so important to keep up to date with the latest IBM Release Packs At Simpson Associates, we receive many calls and messages into our managed service and support desk daily from customers who ...

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Connect, Explore, Visualise: 5 top tips to get started with Microsoft Power BI

Connect, explore, visualise: 5 top tips to get started with Microsoft Power BI. As one of the largest business intelligence clouds in the world, Microsoft Power BI enables users to quickly go from data to insight to action. It has the ...

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Five Facts About G-Cloud That Will Make You Think Twice

FIVE Facts About G-Cloud That Will Make You Think Twice We understand that the G-Cloud is an invaluable tool for UK public service organisations, helping to make procurement for public service IT easily accessible. Read on to discover the benefit of ...

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Data: Going back to basics to stay ahead of the curve.

Data: Going back to basics to stay ahead of the curve. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and automation are three of the most advancing technologies many organisations are looking to adopt. However, savvy business leaders know that in ...

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Accelerated Graduate Development at Simpson Associates

Accelerated Graduate Development at Simpson Associates Over the past 25 years, Simpson Associates have worked tirelessly to curate a Graduate Development scheme that provides each and every one of our graduates with the best possible mix of hands-on client experience, paid-for ...

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Demystifying the myths around IBM Planning Analytics

According to Greg Adams, Vice President Developer, and Distinguished Engineer, IBM Business Analytics, a number of IBM competitors are trying to sow doubt about IBM’s commitment to IBM TM1 and IBM Planning Analytics. Being one of the longest-serving IBM consultancies in ...

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Support Services – Frequently Asked Questions

How can I log into the portal? - Email help@simpson-associates.co.uk and provide your email address, they will create a new userid and set your password. I have forgotten my password? -  Email help@simpson-associates.co.uk and request a new password. I have forgotten my login details? ...

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