Benefits of Standardized, Centralized Data

Posted by Katie Mowery on April 30, 2019

Improving data quality offers many benefits – but the path to clean, standardized data may seem daunting. As with most business analysis, when the input data is bad, the output can be unreliable. And when that data output drives your business, the stakes are high for failure or success.

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Master Your Data Before it Masters You: Coffee Break with Game-Changers

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 28, 2019

Internet of Things: Special Edition Series of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio

Episode: Master Your Data Before It Masters You!
Originally aired: February 20, 2019
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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8 Data Best Practices for a Successful M&A

Posted by Katie Mowery on February 27, 2019

Accurate, complete master data is essential for successful integration of acquired assets into an organization’s new or existing operations and maintenance environments. Whether you're leveraging machine learning, data quality tools/software or a team of data experts, there are some best practices that can help guide data integrity and system consolidation strategy for mergers and acquisitions?

  1. Ensure data is part of the timeline. As you consider and define your M&A timeline, realize that data tends to be one of the sticking points. Having a well-defined process and dedicated organizational team to manage process and data components drives the speed and success with which the systems integration can happen.
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Four Pillars of Machine Learning Success

Posted by Tom Martin on February 21, 2019

It’s 2019 and we all hear ‘digital’ this and ‘intelligent’ that. Machine learning may perhaps be overtaking all others as the buzziest phrase of the day. But, unlike its buzz-worthy competitors, machine learning is real, its tangible and it’s already delivering big business value.

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Why are some businesses ill-equipped for digital transformation?

Posted by Katie Mowery on December 27, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, we’ve seen many conversations go back to this concept of digital transformation. How can you know if you’re really transforming your business, or even more so, doing it well? As millions of dollars are being invested by organizations in programs to evolve and change to face market, consumer or industry demands, it’s imperative to know if what you’re doing is setting you up for success. This depends on a foundation beyond just the infrastructure that can enable your transformation – it’s beneath that, at the very core… your data.

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IIoT Integrated ERP Systems... Are We There Yet?

Posted by Tom Martin on December 13, 2018

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are at the heart of business. Across the entire organizational value chain, ERPs are rapidly consuming, aggregating and disseminating data. From the shop floor to the to the top floor, ERPs have made us smarter, more efficient, more accurate and ultimately, more profitable.

Most large, asset intensive companies have had ERPs in place for some time now. And yet, capturing, aggregating and distilling accurate data is still is a top pain point. Recent studies by KPMG and Gartner have found that 56% of CEOs are concerned about the quality of their data and that only 3% of company data meets a minimum threshold for data quality.

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Strengthen Your Asset Master Data with Data Governance

Posted by Katie Mowery on December 12, 2018

When talking about building an intelligent enterprise, you hear words like IoT, smart devices, digital transformation. In reality, it's usually taking “dumb” infrastructure and making things “smarter,” by adding technologies like sensors, transmitters, digital meters and so on, without actually changing the infrastructure itself.

But even the smartest technology is not useful if it cannot help predict assets’ maintenance needs, reliability, and how they should function in conjunction with other equipment. That means that master data loaded into any system of record as a digital representation of those physical assets needs to be reliable, real-time and integrated across every system that maintains a digital twin of that asset.  

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What is 'Next' in Next-gen ERP?

Posted by Tom Martin on November 29, 2018

Our team has traveled the globe implementing Master Data Governance (MDG) solutions, providing expert consultation in Master Data Management (MDM) and supporting some of the world’s largest companies with our proven methodology and accelerators as they migrate to new systems. 

As we speak with our customers, analysts, R&D teams and industry thought leaders, we are continually assessing where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is headed. Fueled by our industry discussions and pulse on the market, we see six big trends that will affect ERP in 2019 and beyond.

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Data Behind It

Posted by Martin Printz on November 21, 2018

In many stores worldwide, there are early sign of the approaching holiday season. For retailers, the season is kicked off about a month earlier with Black Friday - the most important shopping day for most US retailers, and gaining traction with retailers in other parts of the world.

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Friday Fun: Data Buzzword Bingo

Posted by Katie Mowery on November 16, 2018

The words we all hear, say and repeat hundreds if not thousands of times as data professionals. Whether at conferences, on webinars or in meetings, keywords like Blockchain, IoT, ERP, Migration and more pop up everywhere, so Team Utopia decided to have a little fun with it. 

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