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​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
Which State is Next to Follow Suit with Georgia?
The State of Georgia has passed the Accountability, Change Management, and Process Improvement Act of 2016 reinforcing the importance of change management in successful projects. The Act states, “Research has consistently shown that projects with effective change management programs are significantly more likely to be successful than projects with little or no change management programs and are significantly more likely to come in on time and on or under budget.”  
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Which State is Next to Follow Suit with Georgia?
Getting the Most Out of Your Project Management Office (PMO)
Is your enterprise considering implementing a Project Management Office (PMO), or do you already have one but are not satisfied with the results? According to a recent study by Gartner, over 50% of PMOs fail within 3 years. This is an extremely high failure rate for such a strategic organizational investment. We believe this failure rate is the result of enterprises failing to clearly define the problem they are trying to solve before embarking on the journey to implement a PMO. Understanding what a PMO is and how it can be used is key to realizing business value from this tool. 
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Getting the Most Out of Your Project Management Office (PMO)
Project Objectives and their Implications on Organizational Change Management
According to Prosci, a leading research and training firm in Change Management, projects that engage Organizational Change Management (OCM) are six times more likely to exceed project objectives than projects that do not engage OCM. That statistic leads to two key questions: 1) how are project objectives defined, and 2) what is the role of OCM on projects? This article addresses these questions by discussing two types of projects, “traditional” projects and “benefits-focused” projects and the role OCM takes on each type of project.
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Project Objectives and their Implications on Organizational Change Management
Sustaining Through Change
Organizational Change Management (OCM) is a framework for managing the effects of changes in an organization. These changes can be related to new business processes, organizational structure, technology, or cultural changes. For ERP implementations, OCM leadership is the effort of aligning OCM with executive sponsors to proactively lead their organizations through these stages of change. This approach makes change management as equally important as project management when it comes to achieving and sustaining project success.
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Sustaining Through Change
SAP HANA: Using Data to Disrupt the Competition
SAP is rising to the challenge of leading business success stories by integrating operations, technology and making the most of data. Today, SAP is creating on-ramps back to the information highways such that companies, in real time, have the information and are ready, willing and able to pass the competition with disruptive strategies and tactical plans to reach their goals.
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SAP HANA: Using Data to Disrupt the Competition
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