5
Jan

Managing Supplier Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry

To be a food or beverage manufacturer is to face enormous amounts of risk. These are highly regulated industries in which the slightest mistake could actually cost customers their lives, and penalties for failing to comply with the law are jail time. On the less serious end of the spectrum, changes in customer demand are also a risk food and beverage manufacturers must navigate.

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29
Sep

Using Business Intelligence Wisely

“I just spent the last three days building a report for the boss on the accept / reject rates at each inspection point. I got an order list from sales. I found paper reports on the inspections. I put it all together in a spreadsheet with beautiful colors and formatting. It was a lot of work and I am proud of the report.”

“That sounds great. Why the glum look?”

“The boss wants even more details. In addition, this report needs to be ready at the end of every month. I cannot spend that much time. I need a better way to publish this report.”

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22
Sep

Data and Advanced Analytics

Innovate With Real-Time Intelligence

Don’t fall behind your competition in the race to insight advantage.
Trust Merit Solutions to help you become a data driven organization.

Data and Advanced Analytics

Data volumes are exploding and becoming your most strategic asset. However, data alone is not enough. Without the resources needed to efficiently capture and organize massive amounts of data, store it indefinitely, and analyze it in real-time – that data is useless. At Merit Solutions, we help you gain the insight you need to improve customer engagement, increase revenue, and lower costs.

Data Platform Modernization

Modernize your BI and analytics tools to more intelligently capture, process, analyze, and act on enterprise wide business data.

Data Lake and Big Data Processing

Securely store all your data centrally in a “no limits” data lake, and run on-demand analytics that instantly scales to your needs.

Data Exploration and Mining

Automate the process of gathering large and often unstructured data sets in order to find characteristics for focused analysis.

Descriptive Analytics

Solutions to help you analyze data sets in order to summarize what happened – for example, for sales or financial reports.


Diagnostic Analytics

Solutions that analyze data sets in order to determine why something happened – for example, why sales dropped or costs rose.

Predictive Analytics

Solutions that intelligently build models from historical or current data in order to forecast / predict future outcomes.

Prescriptive Analytics

Solutions that examine data sets and attempt to answer the question “What should be done to make (something) happen?”

Power BI

Connect to hundreds of data sources, simplify data prep, and drive ad hoc analysis. Produce beautiful reports and scale with governance.


Benefits:

Organizations that partner with Merit Solutions Data and Advanced Analytics Services typically see benefits in a number of areas, including:

Cost-Effective Cloud
Unmatched security, performance, and scale in big data infrastructure—at one-tenth the cost of traditional tier 1 solutions.

Speed and Agility
Give everyone the data and insights they need – within minutes instead of days or weeks – rapidly speeding the pace of innovation.

Scalability
Gain access to an almost infinite set of computing resources around the globe that can handle massive amounts of data in a cost-effective way.

Wow Customers
Improve your customer experience by providing real-time inventory or service information – and predict customer needs ahead of time.

Predict the Future
Better capture enterprise wide data and utilize automated apps and algorithms to accurately predict, forecast and change future outcomes.

Free Up Cash
Move your IT expenses from CapEx to OpEx, which frees up capital from infrastructure investments so it can be put to revenue generating uses.


When to Consider Data & Advanced Analytics

Information drives every decision you make. Here are some of the most common signs that your company needs to invest in better data intelligence and analytics:

Lots of Data – No Information

You have a stockpile of business data – but you’re not pulling any intelligence from it.

Report Preparation is Cumbersome

Pulling reports from multiple systems and spreadsheets takes too much time – and there are too many errors.

Don’t Know Your Customers

You cannot predict what your customers want, how they behave, and how to strengthen ties with them.

Competition is Always a Step Ahead

If it seems like you’re always trying to level the playing field – it’s because your competitors have better data.

Strategy Misalignment

With limited access to company-wide intelligence, it is hard to make decisions that support corporate goals and directives.


Do you need better intelligence?

If you would like to discuss your own analytics initiatives, please fill out the form below.


20
Dec

BI and Data Intelligence for IT

 

Make Business Intelligence More Accessible

Want to improve productivity in a quick and affordable way? With Power BI, you can create dashboards in seconds that monitor and analyze everything from Active Directory to Zendesk, and it integrates seamlessly with SSAS for when you need enterprise-scale BI solutions.

 

IT Spend

  See everything in one place including network systems, services, applications, and security data.

  Connect Power BI easily to other tools.

  Integrate Power BI with your existing solutions for an end-to-end approach to data analytics.

  Work equally well with Microsoft products like Azure Active Directory and non-Microsoft products like SAP.


Help Desk

  Identify risks sooner by tracking key metrics in real-time.

  Streamline ticket resolution by optimizing Help Desk resources based on trend data.

  Visually compare key metrics in real-time, including Help Desk traffic and top issues.

  Build better relationships with your customers by reducing help ticket satisfaction.



Security & Compliance

  Give your users data independence through easer report development that combines multiple sources into a single model.

  Enhance network security with early visibility of compliance risks.

  Track adherence to security, software, and other standards in real time.

  Pool security data, like network access logs, and display it visually on a single dashboard.


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20
Dec

BI and Data Intelligence for Operations

 

Stay a Step Ahead of Demand

Is your organization truly data-driven? With Power BI you can quickly monitor and engage with your data from all sources, including Excel workbooks, on-premises databases, and cloud services. Find new insights for your production, store performance, claims analysis, and more.

 

Production

  Improve insight by combining data from production to distribution.

  Lead stand-up meetings on the factory floor with live dashboards.

  Optimize manufacturing performance.

  Easily identify areas for process improvement.


Store Performance

  Keep teams on the same page by sharing the latest operational data in a few clicks.

  Stay on top of your allocation across geographies.

  Closely manage inventory counts with live metrics that tell the whole story.

  Easily spot trends to better analyze which product to prioritize.



Claims Analysis

  React faster with mobile alerts for shipping gaps, stock shortages, and other time-sensitive needs.

  Improve efficiency by analyzing metrics like past total claims, production output, or shipment times.

  See your data on a dashboard with drag-and-drop capabilities and stunning visuals.

  Maintain one version of the truth across departments and tell a clearer story.


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If you're interested in learning more about BI and Data Intelligence - please contact us now!