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10 most popular articles from 2015

EducationSummary: As we approach 2016, let’s take a look back at the most popular articles published on this blog over the last year. Learn about important dashboard features, ways small IT departments can accomplish big things, inefficient web development practices, and much more.

As 2015 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the last year. Over the last 12 months, I’ve covered topics surrounding a few common themes: Business data and business technology. Specifically, how can you get the most out of your data, and use technology to your advantage?

We’ve looked at ways to:

  • deliver better information to your executives,
  • mobilize your business applications,
  • deliver self-service data access to your users,
  • improve your development efficiency,
  • and much more.

Today, I’d like to take a look back at some of the most popular articles and share them with you. In case you missed any of them, here are the most popular posts published on this blog over the last year, as determined by the readers of this blog. I hope you find them interesting:

7 web development challenges you can’t ignore
Web application development is going through some major changes. Development tactics are evolving. New tools and libraries emerge on a (seemingly) daily basis. If businesses want to create lasting, successful web applications, they must address these challenges.

The 6 most inefficient web development practices
As digital technologies transform the business landscape, we’re seeing web development become increasingly important. More and more, development speed directly contributes to a company’s competitive advantage. The problem: Many companies still struggle in this area. Learn which problems slow them down, and how to fix each one.

7 real-life use cases of Hadoop
Data exists all around us, often in places we wouldn’t expect. Businesses generate (or have access to) far more data than they realize. But, much of this data goes unused. How can you turn this data into a competitive advantage? In this article, we explore different ways businesses are capitalizing on big data and Hadoop.

5 important IT trends of 2015 and beyond
As the role of technology evolves, so does the role of the IT department. Technology plays a larger role in the business than ever before. This shift is transforming the IT department from a back office function into a key business driver. What trends are driving this change, and how must your IT department adapt?

7 key enterprise mobile trends of 2015
Mobile is like the internet back in its early days. Many saw its potential and jumped on board. Others ignored it. Don’t make that mistake. You can’t assume it doesn’t apply to your business/industry. You can’t afford to ignore mobile. Whether you like it or not, mobile is changing the business world. Here are 7 big enterprise mobile trends to expect in this coming year.

Practical ways to improve BI user adoption
Business Intelligence is booming. In 2013, businesses spent $14 Billion on Business Intelligence software. By 2018, analysts predict that number will balloon to $114 Billion. But, user adoption of these BI tools remains low. What practical steps can you take to improve BI user adoption, and make the most out of your investment?

7 ways small IT departments can accomplish big things
IT department size is a perpetual problem for many companies, and it seems to be getting worse. More and more companies point to limited staff as the reason they can’t accomplish what they want to accomplish. If your company deals with this problem, this article outlines a few tips for improving IT productivity.

5 key enterprise application development trends of 2015
Modern web application development can directly impact the bottom line. It can drive innovation. It plays a larger role in the business than ever before. But, it evolves so quickly, it’s difficult for businesses to keep pace. They may adapt to one trend only to find 5 more crop up. Here are some of the most important trends to watch in the near future.

5 problems that create “Unintelligent” Business Intelligence
We’ve seen a Business Intelligence (BI) explosion in the last few years. More organizations are adopting BI solutions to get a clear view of their business data. The problem: For many businesses, BI doesn’t provide the expected results. It doesn’t give them a clear view of their business. It doesn’t offer the instant answers they expect. While many blame the problem on faulty software, the reality is, a successful BI project relies on a number of important factors. In this article, we explore 5 such factors that commonly hold back BI implementations.

7 features that business dashboards should include
As data volumes rise, business dashboard adoption has skyrocketed. Dashboards help businesses make sense of their data–turning mountains of information into actionable insights. They alert leaders to business problems, and can help stop issues before they get out of hand. The problem: Not all dashboards are created equal. Some are inflexible. Others are hard to use. Still others offer limited features. In this article, we explore which features you need in a modern dashboard, and why they are so important.