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​Project Deployment Success: What to Know
Deployment isn’t sexy. That's shocking, I know. Nevertheless, project deployment must be flawless.  Like any essential part of a project, a successful deployment can make or break a project's long-term future. The challenge with deployment is that you have only one chance to do it right. Deployment of business-critical applications must be completed on time so that the business users can perform the tasks that the project is enabling or streamlining. Only when deployment is complete can the project begin to provide the financial, compliance, strategic, or other benefit envisioned long ago when even the business case was but a dream.
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​Project Deployment Success: What to Know
BI and Analytics Requirements - Equal Parts Art and Science
We hear about it all too often with IT transformation projects that involve Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics. End users often don’t get what they expected and hoped for as far as visibility and access to data when they finally see the end product. What they heard in promised capabilities and envisioned in requirements gathering discussions does not line up with the reality of the final solution. Does this sound familiar to your organization? If so, then it may be time to re-visit your strategy for gathering BI and analytics requirements.
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BI and Analytics Requirements - Equal Parts Art and Science
Organizational Change Considerations When Moving to the Cloud
Any change within an organization introduces ripples of decisions and considerations. This is true if you are changing a simple process or introducing an organizational realignment. The sheer act of ‘change’ requires decision-makers to take a step back and consider the impacts. Moving to a cloud technology is no different. 
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Organizational Change Considerations When Moving to the Cloud
Pay Down Your Technical Debt In 4 Steps
You have an IT department filled with smart, competent employees. And yet, they have a hard time getting projects done in a timely manner. You try to find out why, and discover that the problem is twofold: They are spending so much time just keeping the lights on — handling routine day-to-day tasks and putting out fires — that they have little time left over for doing project work. In addition, even small changes invariably seem to create new defects, which are time-consuming to track down and fix.

If some or all of the above paragraph seems all too familiar to you, then your organization probably has a problem with technical debt. Read on to learn the four steps for paying down your technical debt.
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Pay Down Your Technical Debt In 4 Steps
Will IT Be a Net Enabler or Inhibitor to Meeting Your 2017 Goals?
Most organizations use this time of year to update their mission, establish new objectives, and develop new strategies to better position themselves for the coming year. With newness comes excitement, positive energy, and hope for improved overall business performance.  However, how dependent is your updated business strategy on your IT department?  Does IT have an updated strategy that aligns with your business strategy and the new business capabilities you require? Navigator understands how complicated it is for an IT department to develop and execute an IT strategy that is aligned with, and stays aligned with, the overall business strategy and desired business capabilities. But we also understand how valuable it can be for the enterprise if you do. Read on to learn more.
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Will IT Be a Net Enabler or Inhibitor to Meeting Your 2017 Goals?
​The Sky’s the Limit - Oracle in the Clouds
Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing are often confused for the same thing.  SaaS is but one form of cloud computing. Cloud computing can also consist of Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Database as a Service (DBaaS) and other hosted services. Read on to see the evolution of Oracle and key features of Oracle Cloud today.
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​The Sky’s the Limit - Oracle in the Clouds
ERP Success Factors: Aligning Scope and Expectations
Scope and expectations form the definition of a project. The scope of work must align to achieve the expectations of the stakeholders. The same project results can be viewed as either a success or a failure by individual stakeholders with different expectations of the project. This means that different stakeholders can view the same scope of work, see the same project outcomes, and come to different conclusions as to whether or not a project was successful.
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ERP Success Factors: Aligning Scope and Expectations
What Skills Make Up a Good Business Analyst?
As business executives set strategy to find new markets, enhance market offerings, embrace new technologies, and increase their bottom line, business analysts are hard at work translating those business strategies into actionable solutions. Business analysts (BAs) are by definition cross-functional, working as a liaison among different groups of stakeholders (e.g. finance, HR, marketing, IT) to define solutions that will succeed and flourish within the parameters of their organizations.  Within organizations, and within the broader consulting market, there are a wide range of individuals who step in to fill this role, so how do organizations know that their functional leads are capable of designing solutions that are both implementable and will meet the business’s needs? At Navigator, we believe that good business analysis requires experience and a broad set of skills, which is why we invest in having our BAs certify to the market-leading credential – the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
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What Skills Make Up a Good Business Analyst?
Omnichannel: Customers and Data Shape Retail Today
How is life in retail different today? Where has retail veered and where is it headed? The answer is one of the biggest buzzwords in business today: Omnichannel. Omnichannel is the integration of inventory, fulfillment, marketing, and customer experience platforms that continues to revolutionize retail commerce. The concept of a store vs. online has become amorphous to the customer, and retailers are investing heavily to maximize customer data to understand buying patterns and preferences and deliver targeted marketing and goods via multiple sources.
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Omnichannel: Customers and Data Shape Retail Today
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