MICROSOFT: Hershey Relies on Microsoft for Collaboration and Business Intelligence. Microsoft stock hit an all-time high this week—breaking a record that was initially achieved in 1999 during the dot com era. Investors were responding to Microsoft’s quarterly results, which exceeded expectations and show that Microsoft is on a solid path. Much of Microsoft’s success in the recent quarter—and in recent years—has been driven by its Microsoft Azure cloud business, thanks to customers like Hershey. Read more

ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS: MicroStrategy Desktop BI Software Now Free. BI vendor MicroStrategy announced that its Desktop software is now free, adding to the affordable self-service BI landscape that includes Tableau Public, Microsoft Power BI and others. MicroStrategy Desktop 10.5 is available for download at Find out more

QUESTION: What’s the Difference Between Business Intelligence (BI) and EPM? John O’Rourke describes the difference between business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. Find out more

CLOUD: The Power of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the Data Centre. Data is everywhere – masses of it. And it’s helping businesses to make better decisions across departments. Marketing can utilise data to discover the effectiveness of email campaigns, finance can analyse past trends to make predictions and projections for the future, and sales can target their follow-up with detailed information on prospective customers. But data is only useful when business tools transform it into valuable information. Data intelligence through algorithms and analytics make business data relatable. The most advanced solutions require enormous amounts of data to be able to offer accurate insight to users. As a result, many solutions are cloud based, as most businesses do not have the IT capacity or budget to store this amount of information. So where does all this data reside? The data centre. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems September 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


Business Intelligence – Daily Tech Update – October 26, 2016

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