This article is an introduction: I’ll tell you a little bit about myself and my entry into the Business Intelligence realm, as well as my plans to blog about management solutions.

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My name is Hanna Kim, and I’m an Angeleno. If you live in Los Angeles, you will notice that the city is not full of natives, but it is rather a melting pot of people with interesting stories, and I absolutely admire that about this city. As a story lover, I love traveling. I enjoy learning about different cultures and history, but the most fascinating part of traveling is finding layers about myself that I never knew about. It is always a humbling experience.
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Your company has put tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into acquiring a budgeting and planning software system that will streamline your staff’s workload. Chances are, that even after training, you or your team has only been using a small percentage of the features or functions available in the solution.
Now, you or your team might wish to rediscover the full range of attributes, or you might even be seeking solutions to more complicated business process matters. Those answers and more can be found at Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, located at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA.
For four days in August, dozens of BI360 product experts, hundreds of technology professionals and BI360 users will gather to impart their wisdom to help you and others like you become BI360 gurus in their own right.
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A few weeks ago, the registration website for Solver’s Customer and Partner Conference, Focus 2016 launched. This year the event, to be held August 22-25, 2016, will take place in a new location: the classically beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA.
The new conference location is just a precursor to Solver’s plans to include other new elements in their event program. In fact, many of these enhancements come from suggestions Solver’s Partners and Customers have made. So thanks to many of you for helping Solver build a better event. My name is Karen Barak. I’m a marketing and events consultant extraordinaire with a passion for excellence and exceeding expectations. Read this and future BI360 Focus 2016 blogposts to discover what’s new and what’s exciting at this year’s ultimate Customer and Partner conference on BI360.
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This article will discuss the year ahead of us, specifically in terms of what 2016 holds for Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management for modern businesses.

Another year has come and gone, seemingly faster than ever – and we’re already into the second month of 2016.  At the end of 2015 or in early January, some people were writing about Business Intelligence (BI) and Corporate Performance Management (CPM) trends they predicted we would see manifest this year.  However, much like my current approach to New Year’s resolutions, I felt it was important to let the dust settle, work through the workload hangover of the holidays, and have the New Year function as a soft opening.  This way, we can approach 2016 with a rolling start that doesn’t set us up for failure.  This article will discuss some key trends and trajectories that data management and analytics will take in 2016.
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This article is an interview with Solver CEO, Nils Rasmussen, who discusses developments in Business Intelligence in 2015 and how Solver fits into that culture – and the future.

What can you tell us about what is going on in terms of developments in the Business Intelligence realm in 2015 – and where does Solver fit into that culture?
Well, a couple of things have happened in this last year.  One thing is that companies have adopted a lot of Cloud solutions, and they also still have on-premises solutions.  So, what’s happened in terms of Business Intelligence is that the tools need to bring together data from the Cloud – and from in-house – so the role of a data warehouse has become a lot more important than in the past when all data was in-house.  That’s a key thing that we see happening: importance of warehouse to bring data together.  Another thing is just what we see every year is people want easier and easier BI tools, as the older generations from the 90’s – I’m now talking generations of BI tools – are fading out, and people don’t anymore want a full-time technical resource to sit and manage, in terms of a BI tool.
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Solver and its global family of international companies came together last week to host their annual partner and user conference, BI360 Focus 2015, in beautiful Marina del Rey, California.  As expected, it built on last year’s momentum delivering higher attendance, more learning sessions and educational tracks available for participants – and even a Ted Talk speaker presenting the second keynote address of the event.
This was my second time participating in Solver’s big user conference, BI360 Focus, hosted in sunny southern California, and it simply got better.  Networking happened organically through thoughtful discussions, panel presentations, Q&A sessions, a welcome reception, a game of volleyball, or Amazing Race teamwork, amongst other opportunities.  Customers and partners alike registered in record numbers, selling out the conference.  And while Partner Day was added last year, the Solver team expanded the day to include a track of consulting/technical implementation and independent software vendor (ISV) sponsor sessions, detailing integrations and best-of-breed solutions with BI360.   The Welcome Reception, held in the courtyard of the Marriott, offered a tasting event of California trends in food and beverages that brought customers and partners together before the customer conference even began.
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This article will discuss the details of the Business Intelligence technology event of the summer, #BI360Focus15, hosted August 25th-27th, 2015 by Solver, Inc. in Marina del Rey, California.

Man, times flies, doesn’t it?  Microsoft Convergence, Intacct and Acumatica events were only a short while ago, yet seem like so far back, especially because of the work the conferences set in motion, the new collaborations, and other Business Intelligence (BI) events that have taken place in the meantime.  User conferences for Sage and SAP Business One are also coming up very soon.  Just like that, it is officially summer, and our calendars begin to fill up with meetings, events, family vacations, planning sessions for the second half of 2015, etc.  As we all start to solidify our itineraries for the summer, this article will discuss the premier BI event of the season, BI360 Focus 2015, Solver’s annual partner and user conference.  As a second time attendee of BI360 Focus, I will share the insights I gained from last year – and the inside scoop on what to expect this year.
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This article discusses the benefits of attending Microsoft Convergence 2015 March 16-19 in Atlanta, Georgia, with a special look at the most exciting highlights from the conference and Solver’s presence at the event.

As a first time attendee to Convergence, I couldn’t be more excited to attend Microsoft’s 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Microsoft community will descend on this southern mecca March 16-19 for an incredible experience of networking, learning, and discovery.  This year, Solver returns to the main event as a Gold Sponsor, and there’s so much to look forward to at #Conv15.
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Solver, Inc. hosted their Annual User Conference, Focus, in sunny Marina del Rey, and it was a huge success, with a bigger registration and more info-packed sessions than last year.

As a first time participant in Solver’s annual user conference, Focus, held in Marina del Rey, California, I am pleased to report that it was a huge success.  Partners and customers alike turned out in record numbers to sell out the conference.  Focus 2014 was truly bigger and better than last year in another way: the Solver team added a whole day of sessions dedicated to partner enablement to discuss sales, marketing, and the roadmap for the future of BI360.  My favorite part of the experience was the sense of community built through the networking nature of the conference.  Partners and customers were able to connect and put faces to names and e-mail addresses, with each other as well as with the Solver team.
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