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As a Gold Microsoft Data Platform and Analytics partner we help organisations to significantly improve their understanding of their business performance and from that understanding make better informed decisions.
Data Analytics & Reporting
Business Analysis and Reporting enables organisations to significantly improve their understanding of their business performance and from that understanding make better informed decisions.Read More
Enterprise and logical data warehouse architectures and the analytical and machine intelligence software becoming available can provide organisations with an 'analytical workspace'.Read More
Many of our customers are now gaining the benefits of hosting applications in the Cloud. The flexibility of being able to create an environment within the hour is a compelling reason to use the Cloud as are the cost savings of on-site server space, reduced maintenance and power requirement plus the ease of access for non-office based employees, customers, suppliers or associates.Read More
Our business productivity has been transformed by the use of Microsoft Office 365. If increasing the productivity of your employees is an objective for you then we will be delighted to share our experience of how we did it for ourselves.Read More
Data Analytics & Reporting
Business Analysis and Reporting enables organisations to significantly improve their understanding of their business performance and from that understanding make better informed decisions.
Data is growing exponentially: our services take your organisation’s data assets, both on- and off-premise, and makes it coherent and accessible. The emergence of “Big Data” makes this service more valuable than ever. We can help you with design, build and development – we can answer your hardware, cloudware and deployment questions too.
Having common data definitions allows decision makers to deal with factual information, spend less time debating the data, values and structures and spend more time making informed decisions. Importantly, the effect of those decisions can be monitored and verified.
By way of focused dashboards, timely reports and self-service analysis on key business drivers and metrics, all users who need to can see changes as and when they happen.
We will help you to define and/or deploy your application on- or off-premise and ensure that your architecture makes sure that everyone who needs access to information has it, wherever they may want it.
We build enterprise data warehouses for many of our customers to provide a single window on their business management information and key performance indicators that is used by them as their trusted foundation for business decision making. The emergence of larger, higher velocity and perhaps more unstructured data sources from the Internet or from the Internet of Things has meant that our customers are also engaging us to deliver an extended logical data warehouse architecture to support the data analytics software that is now emerging. The end result is that organisations may have the benefit of a centralised data repository but can also have an architecture that allows for agile discovery and analysis work to test a new idea, assimilate new data sources or perform a new analysis.
This combination of enterprise and logical data warehouse architectures and the increasingly sophisticated analytical and machine intelligence software becoming available is giving organisations an ‘analytical workspace’ with the emphasis leaning more to discovery and analysis and less to data harmonisation and organisation – producing the speed of delivery and speed of deployment that our customers need.
We can provide solutions on- or off-premise and can advise on whether or not an appliance approach can reduce the time to delivery and a lower total cost of ownership.
Building a Cloud strategy can produce a series of efficiencies for many companies. Many of our customers have benefited already – some by commissioning a server cluster in order to begin project development whilst awaiting new hardware; some by creating backup and recovery environments; some by creating SharePoint sites that are responsive to the demands of flexible business requirements. In all cases, the flexibility of the available configurations mean that it is possible to commission server power as it is needed rather than making a capital purchase that allows for future – thereby more closely aligning the costs with the benefits.
The Cloud is a valid choice for production environments too. We have customers who have their data warehouse environment built entirely in the Cloud with Business Intelligence suites providing information to all company stakeholders. For some customers, a hybrid configuration allows them to gain the maximum return on their current infrastructure; for others their requirement to see key performance indicators on tablets and smartphones has driven their migration to the Cloud.
It is projected that by next year (2017), 20% of IT Application spend will be based on Cloud deployments and that by 2020 there will be 50bn devices connected to the Cloud, reflecting the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) nature of today’s office environment. Applications like Office 365 are key drivers of this direction of travel.
Our business productivity has been transformed by the use of Microsoft software. We no longer spend time looking for a saved document, working on the wrong document version or wading through cluttered email Inboxes.
We don’t email attachments anymore, we do respond to more business opportunities than we did and we have in-house communication forums so that we know what is happening. We don’t worry about access to information when we are on the road and we don’t travel for meetings with each other unless we choose to. Our project teams can see what is being worked on by other members of their team and it is easy for one of us to take over where another left off and we can work on a document simultaneously wherever we may be located. We have access to dashboards that tell us about how our business is performing and we can question that information in English to understand that performance better.
All of this comes from Microsoft Office 365 and we know that many of the companies that we meet have these capabilities but have yet to fully realise the potential that they offer to realise significant productivity gains for every type of business.
If increasing the productivity of your employees is an objective for you then we will be delighted to share our experience of how we did it for ourselves.
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Using Microsoft technologies such as Azure Infrastructure, Azure Database and Azure Data Warehouse alongside PowerBI, Simpson Associates can provide a scalable solution to drive business value out of your data.
Power BI brings advanced analytics to the daily business decision process, allowing users to extract useful knowledge from data to solve business problems. This white paper will cover the advanced analytic capabilities of Power BI
Written by Microsoft this white paper describes Microsoft Power BI Premium, and the vision for the product in the future.
Simpson Associates are one of the largest Power BI consultancies in the UK. From mapping out a strategy, through to implementation, training and support. Simpson Associates can work with your organisation to implement Power BI.
Are you looking to understand how Microsoft Power BI can unlock your data? Simpson Associates have developed an engagement that allows your organisation to get the service commissioned, users trained and an initial pilot project deployed within a month.
The Customer Immersion Experience (CIE) session is a hands-on introduction to Microsoft’s suite of productivity tools.
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