Scotland’s productivity has been stagnant for the last decade or so. We remain stuck in a second quartile position, ranked 16th in a league table of 37 OECD countries. There are two main ways of improving this. Work harder, longer and for less pay. Leverage the full potential of emerging technologies for building Modern Intelligent Workplaces, rethinking ‘the way thing ...

Microsoft have recently announced the general availability of Power BI Home. As organisations foster a data driven culture, it becomes critical for employees to have access to the right tools for finding, organising and deriving actionable insight from the increasing volume of data being generated. Power BI Home provides users with a personalised landing page allowing them to ...

As the volume and complexity of data continue to grow exponentially, organisations need a fast, secure and easy-to-use analytics solution to extract actionable insights. The short video below shows how Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, combines Microsoft Power BI and Azure to develop insights from the massive amount of real time data it collects, improving the tra ...

As discussed in previous blog posts, Power BI is a business analytics service from Microsoft that automatically transforms your organisation’s data into rich visuals. By delivering actionable insights from powerful interactive reports, Power BI enables fast, informed decision-making utilising data your organisation already has. Easy to integrate with most existing databases, P ...

Power BI, the business analytics solution from Microsoft, will soon have a much extended range of AI capabilities including text analytics, image recognition and the ability to create machine learning models. The new AI features, announced on the Power BI blog, include: The incorporation of Azure Cognitive Service (ACS) capabilities into Power BI providing powerful ways to ...

According to a 2017 report from PwC (Sizing the Prize), launched at the World Economic Forum in China, global GDP will be 14% higher in 2030 as a result of AI - the equivalent of $15.7 trillion, more than the current output of China and India combined. The increase in GDP will be driven by labour productivity improvements combined with the increase in consumer demand resulting ...

Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for project, programme and portfolio management professionals, has released three new thought leadership reports on navigating the ‘new normal’ of disruptive technologies. Not surprisingly, professional project, programme and portfolio management approaches are viewed as being critical to successful digital tr ...

Intuitive and easy to manage, Microsoft Visio supports users in creating professional diagrams effortlessly, including flowcharts, network diagrams, organisational charts, floor plans, engineering designs, and more all within the familiar Office experience. It offers the perfect canvas for visually contextualising data and depicting process flows. With Microsoft's release of ...

Microsoft has announced recent updates to 365 aimed at enhancing teamwork and empowering employees, including a free version of Microsoft Teams and improvements streamlining the management of common tasks and improved data visualisation.  Microsoft Planner capabilities added to SharePoint team sites - allowing team members to easily access and interact with project tasks, whil ...

In a recent blog post, we announced that smartPMO, our Cloud based Project Management Office solution, has been updated to include full Power BI reporting, providing rich visual insights into programme and project performance. Providing a one-stop shop for delivering a consistent approach to project portfolio management, governance and reporting, smartPMO provides a low-cost s ...