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Celebrating John Daniel Associates’ twenty fifth Birthday!

John Daniel Associates has been delivering Enterprise Intelligence (BI) options to our shoppers for 25 years! Sure, we’re celebrating 25 years of serving to individuals inside firms on the lookout for higher, sooner, simpler methods to take a look at the intelligence gained from their knowledge to assist enhance their enterprise. So many issues have modified through the years, and but so many others stayed the identical. On this put up, we share the story of John Daniel Associates. All of it started in 1996…

What was happening on the planet in 1996?

  • Pokemon was launched to the world
  • In January 1996, there have been 100,000 web sites (6 billion in 2020)
  • eBay began on-line auctioning
  • The Summer time Olympics have been in Atlanta, Georgia
  • DVD’s have been simply being launched
  • CRM was simply getting into the market, they usually regarded like this:

Our first (ever) brochure

We titled our first brochure – sure, we imply the paper type – “Change the Approach You View Data”. We nonetheless try this at present, change the way in which individuals view info. And it has prolonged to incorporate a number of expertise companions and options for our shoppers.

Our first partnership:  Cognos:  The chief in reporting and analytics

It began with a PowerPlay.  A fantastic identify for nice software program from Canada.  However hockey just isn’t the sport right here.  Our journey of BI started with a strong OLAP expertise from Cognos, and PowerPlay was that expertise.   Exhibiting shoppers easy methods to “slice and cube” their knowledge was actually significant. 

We known as it the “aha” second. To see a shopper’s response to their enterprise for the primary time after we merely “dragged and dropped” income or product line into their product dimensions was tremendous enjoyable.  That half has stayed the identical. It’s nonetheless tremendous enjoyable to point out individuals how briskly and simple their knowledge may be out there to them with the precise processes and expertise in place to assist their enterprise wants.  Oh, and after we bought PowerPlay software program to a shopper, they acquired a field, or packing containers of software program CD’s to put in. My millennial buddies are saying “what concerning the obtain?”….. nicely, we simply weren’t there but. Many consumers paid nice cash for this $.25 CD! Oh, and there was no “internet” model.

PowerPlay had a mighty sidekick, a question product known as Impromptu that additionally had an vital function to play in getting common customers strong info from their database.  Cognos Impromptu even generated SQL, so a non-programmer might generate a question and construct their very own studies.  It was throughout this time that we started utilizing the time period “energy consumer”.  That consumer or customers in a company who have been knowledge savvy, enterprise savvy, and will bridge IT and enterprise customers.  These energy customers launched the inspiration of Enterprise Intelligence. They drove expertise firms to be extra user-friendly for enterprise customers in order that the logjam of requests to the IT division might be opened up, and open up it did!

Cognos was acquired by IBM, and the BI platform has grown to an enterprise resolution that now contains Cognos Analytics, Planning Analytics (FP&A), and enterprise scale dashboards by way of reporting. 

The Web booms, and need for knowledge is insatiable.

Then got here this loopy, loopy factor. The explosion of the web, and together with that got here the explosion of BI on the web. Now, we will serve a whole lot, hundreds of customers with BI. And with these a whole lot and hundreds of customers got here extra knowledge, and extra knowledge, and extra knowledge. Now John Daniel Associates was able to assist our shoppers arrange, or “warehouse” this knowledge. As a result of reporting and analyzing that knowledge was seemingly in place, we now had a wonderful blueprint for the information warehouse. Information warehousing for big shopper bundle firms, retailers, producers (and others) grew to become a big a part of our follow. 

We Want Simple Analytics:  A Partnership with Qlik is born.

The evolution of information consumption made the thirst for significant knowledge QUICKLY much more prevalent. The query was, “Are you able to make this presentation of information extra compact, simpler to devour? An general view of many sorts of information that we will search on? A presentation from an organization in Radnor, PA, Qlik, was made, and our shoppers have been thrilled. Qlik made it potential to “google my knowledge”. Our partnership with Qlik advanced, and shoppers have been hungry to make this expertise a part of their providing to their enterprise.  Our customers might now, in seconds, reply questions on their enterprise just by “qliking” on the information set earlier than them, choosing standards that answered their questions.  Analytics from firms like Qlik exploded for the enterprise consumer, and now, the facility consumer was even much less depending on IT to assist get the knowledge they wanted. 

The change didn’t cease there. The enterprise local weather shifted from on-premise to cloud-based options. Ahhhhh….the thriller of the cloud. So, our shoppers are asking if we may help them with reporting and analytics options which can be cloud-based.

FP&A within the Cloud with Vena Options – We love Excel!

Our partnership and implementation of Vena Options was potential on account of some shut skilled buddies that had moved to Vena from our early days at Cognos.  No partnership works with out belief, and after studying rather a lot about Vena and implementing our first hospitality shopper with Vena’s staff, we believed that shoppers in search of FP&A options within the cloud versus on-premise could be nicely served with our partnership with Vena Options.  This simply appeared like a no brainer to us as a result of Vena makes use of Excel as its front-end.  Vena’s engine is powerful, but the Excel interface that finance groups love allows speedy understanding and adoption. Furthermore, our shoppers may be on-line rapidly and the processes and data of the answer are leveraged nearly instantly.

Custom-made Software program Growth:  Make it Mine

Typically our shoppers have very particular expertise wants. They honestly want an answer purpose-built only for them. Custom-made software program options have been constructed for some industry-leading shoppers within the hospitality and industrial house the place we have been initially delivering analytics and reporting options.   The custom-made resolution for our hospitality shopper leverages .NET expertise and offers a strong interface for gathering monetary attributes throughout 100+ entities. Most fun, this huge initiative was delivered on time, on finances! Custom-made software program improvement requires a best-practice deployment and challenge administration staff from each the shopper and JDA.  Our custom-made software program improvement options have efficiently delivered each and resulted in an utility that’s precisely what the shopper wanted! 

25 Years:  Expertise continues to be simply a part of the answer.

By at present’s requirements, many appear to consider that “the expertise” you select makes your BI initiatives extra profitable and makes the corporate extra profitable.  Whereas expertise is a crucial a part of  Enterprise Intelligence success, it’s actually the individuals at our shoppers which have made their BI initiatives profitable. Individuals, coupled with nice expertise, have pushed our superb 25-year journey. Enterprise Intelligence expertise has modified rather a lot in 25 years, and but a lot has stayed the identical. It was 1996, and other people have been sharing their need to study extra, sooner, to enhance their enterprise’ efficiency. They needed the precise info to make them higher, sooner determination makers. It has been a privilege to assist them accomplish these targets. We heard it typically in 1996: “now we have the information…we simply can’t get to it”.  And we nonetheless hear it, 25 years later. 

We’re grateful for a tremendous staff that continues this journey with us, and particularly for the shoppers who’ve trusted us alongside the way in which. Thanks.



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