If you’ve never attended the eXtremeCRM innovation challenge and you’re wondering what it’s like or whether you’re cut out for it, I can tell you it’s one of the most worthwhile things you’ll do as a CRM developer in your career.
Here’s a rundown of my experience:
Earlier this year, my colleague Chris published an article about how associations are getting the process wrong when they search for new association management software (AMS).
Often times, he wrote, an association won’t perform due diligence prior to blasting out a request for proposal (RFP), even though most vendors publish a wealth of information online that will allow you to get a basic rundown of their offerings. This due diligence will allow you to eliminate most of the vendors that don’t meet the basic requirements you seek -- such as offering a responsive member portal or expertise migrating data -- and save a lot of wasted time in the process.Read More
If you’ve been reading the business press in recent years you know that “big data” is the buzz phrase du jour. With companies making significant investments in predictive analytics and machine learning software, there’s been growing demand for the data scientists who know how to leverage and interpret that software -- so much demand that some are pulling in six figure incomes directly out of college.
But your company or organization doesn’t have to hire an expensive data scientist and budget for enterprise-priced software to gain access to cutting edge business analytics. In fact, such business intelligence can be found for as little as $9.99 a month. Yes, I’m talking about Microsoft’s Power BI product. Launched to the public last year, Power BI is one of the most exciting technological innovations Microsoft has debuted in years, especially for those already using Dynamics CRM.