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Strategy Breakfast – Sweet Spot for Big Data

It was great to get together with Big Data enthusiasts last week at the Metro Offices co-working space. If you attended, please send a thank you to Robert Katz (@Robert_Katz) for opening it up. The conversation was an open forum discussion among professionals with backgrounds in digital marketing, law, and finance. There was general agreement that companies need to use data to make decisions; however, participants noted basic impediments such as understanding or identifying the underlying importance of a data point or metric, separating correlation from causation, and wading through unknown-unknowns.

 

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What was generally agreed on is there is value hidden within the information being collected and it is necessary to understand how to access and apply that data to help ourselves and clients stay ahead of the competition. At a basic level, spreadsheets and tools such as Google Analytics provide information about what is happening, but it is important to also understand why numbers are changing and if they are changing in an anticipated manner that indicate a stronger company going forward. This latter point touches on measuring the effects of actions taken by a company, primarily through marketing, and the ultimate return on investment of those actions, whether intended or unintended. The final point, exploring the ‘unknown-unknowns’, or ‘what is possible’, is what seemed to capture the greatest attention of many in the room. Never has there been the opportunity to compare and analyze so many data points and it is sometimes overwhelming to do so or even arduous as information is siloed in separate databases – a challenge Anant is helping businesses overcome.  

 

Big Data is a big topic and this group conversation will continue at the monthly breakfasts through the end of the year. While the focus for the next breakfast on September 30 has yet to be set, it will most likely delve into both successful and unsuccessful use cases of big data for data-driven decisions in a business environment. Please do not hesitate to contact us with other topic suggestions for either September or subsequent breakfasts. In the interim, you can sign up for the 30th or join us for a webinar on connecting online business software on September 16. We look forward to seeing you again or meeting and talking with you at one of our upcoming events.

Recap: Webinar – Building Online Business Software 101 (B2B)

Last week saw the kickoff of Anant’s webinar series focused on helping you maximize business intelligence insights hidden or locked away in your software and business information. We enjoyed hearing about the attendees’ goals and look forward to helping them be successful without worrying about how to manipulate all those pesky 1’s and 0’s. CEO Rahul Singh demonstrated the features of some common cloud business software technologies (commonly referred to as SaaS applications or “Software as a Service”), provided insights, and addressed guests’ questions.

At a high level, we showed everyone how to get information from one SaaS application to another without the need for a software engineering degree. For example, through Zoho we tackled the challenge of building a personalized interface for data collection. With the Zoho Platform you can build small business applications using Zoho Creator. Additionally, you can use Zoho Forms to construct easy to use and modify forms. Going further with these two applications you can use a tool such as Skyvia to synchronize your data between Zoho and a central database. Once implemented you are able to apply business analytics tools to that database to gather analytics from Zoho. Some of the analytics tools that our clients have found value in are Metabase and Kibana as they worked to improve their operational efficiency and more deeply understand their stakeholders needs and actions.

 

For those of you with the time to review the slides or watch the webinar take a look below!

 

 

The next one-hour webinar, focused on how to connect your online software applications together and integrate the resulting data for deeper business analysis and insights, takes place Friday, September 16, at 10am EDT. If you can’t wait until then to meet us or ask a question, join us tomorrow for breakfast or send us a question. Follow along as we continue to empower business users to create things without programming. 

What are some tools your business uses when building software or applications? What tools have played a role in improving your building process? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

August Webinar – Building Online Business Software 101 (B2B)

Have you considered using Salesforce, Zoho for your app database? Why not? Which cloud hosting should you use? Azure, Amazon, or Heroku? What’s a great starting point for a simple application database that can be used on the web and on my phone? We’ll answer these questions and more. 

Anant and it’s team members have helped businesses build, serve, and scale online software for over 18 years leveraging open source software, hosted services, and global internet networks. If you are trying to build internet software to better connect, organize, or manage information for your team, customers, or vendors watch this webinar to see how to leverage existing systems and not reinvent the wheel like your current web developer, web designer, or self-proclaimed product developer may suggest. 

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  • Understanding your Business
    • Discover: Understanding Why, What and Where
    • Architect: Technically Informed Design
      • Interface
      • Software
      • Database
      • Systems
  • Building with Existing Technology
    • Architect: Technically Informed Design
      • Interface Frameworks
      • Software Platforms
      • Databases and APIs
      • Existing Systems Open Source / SaaS
    • Develop: Continuously Iterating & Delivering
  • Launching the App
    • Maintain: Who will Maintain the Software/Database/Systems?
    • Manage: Who will Maintain the Systems?

We will cover the following technologies and how they can help you get a head start in your initial minimum viable product without having to invest 30-50k in web development.

  • Interface : Angular, React, Xamarin iOS/Android
  • Software : .NET / Java / Ruby / PHP
  • Database : Relational / Non Relational
  • Systems : Cloud Platforms, Open Source Systems, Existing SaaS

Although the principles in this webinar are catered towards businesses that need to cater to other businesses, anyone is welcome to join. You can register here.

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Rahul Singh leads Business Planning Workshop at Emerging Native Leaders Summit 2016

Rahul Singh, CEO of Anant Corp, is going to be taking part in the Native American Contractors Association’s (NACA) Emerging Native Leaders Summit 2016! We are excited to have Rahul speak in front of young entrepreneurs seeking to expand their business knowledge. Find more information on our Events page or on NACA’s website here!

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Why Modern Enterprise? – Motivations for Entering and Adapting to the SaaS Industry

Enterprises throughout history have brought about innovative products that improved the lives of their clients. While enterprises in the past required extensive capital and labor to develop, manufacture, and deploy their products en masse, the advent of the Internet has seen the rise of a new class of enterprise: Software as a Service. As one might elucidate from the amazing successes of technology companies such as Google and Facebook, Software as a Service is the new trend for profitable enterprises.

Imagine that you could create a product for free (or that you could otherwise ignore production costs). Even in this ideal thought experiment, you would still have to expend resources in deploying the product, marketing to consumers, communicating with your partners and employees, and organizing your company. What this gedankenexperiment (thought experiment) emphasizes is that a company is more than just its product. A successful company considers and optimizes the background operations which support its existence and prosperity—operations which, like others in a company, cost money.

The Nobel-winning economist Ronald Coase would go on to call these expenditures transaction costs. When Rahul began to write The Modern Enterprise, he realized that the new paradigm of Software as a Service had the potential to lower these transaction costs and optimize the efficiency of modern enterprises. Businesses could develop enterprise software to market to other businesses, reducing the cost of processes necessary for operation and sales. The “Best Online Tools” series dedicated itself to showcasing some of the most useful online services in optimizing each Area of Responsibility of a company, including FreshBooks, PayPal, and Zendesk. The Anant Corporation uses many of these tools in managing and executing its own processes.

The Software as a Service industry is growing so rapidly due to innovations reducing transaction costs—in fact, the SaaS industry is worth 16 billion dollars as of 2014. Decreased transaction costs lower barriers to entry. In other words, the Software as a Service industry is open and approachable for startups and small enterprises. It is with small-scale start-ups in mind that Rahul wrote The Modern Enterprise and formulated its accompanying modern enterprise canvas. This does not exclude large companies from adapting to the principles outlined in The Modern Enterprise—to the contrary, the most successful ventures at any scale are those best able to exploit technology to optimize their processes and reduce transaction costs. On the other hand, enterprises no longer have to be massive in scale (like the Facebook and Google examples cited earlier) in order to make a sizable difference in the world. The Internet and other technological and communications developments have increased the potential of startups and the modern enterprise.

The Modern Enterprise yields a concrete canvas for modern companies to follow. Dividing organization into discrete areas of responsibility and dissecting a company into people, processes, information, and systems, The Modern Enterprise is a road-map to navigate the new world of Software as a Service.

Rahul Singh is the CEO and a Co-Founder of Anant Corporation.

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