Information Transformation

Robert Blackwell, Chairman, Killerspin/EKI-Digital

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A technology industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. Today he oversees the company, which currently employs more than 100 technology and business consulting experts.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. A former professional table tennis player, Blackwell also founded Killerspin, the leading table tennis equipment, apparel and promotion company.

Blackwell is currently an active member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), Executive’s Club of Chicago and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Business Development Committee of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Blackwell also services on the board of several civic organizations including After School Matters, The Belle Center in Chicago and Autism Speaks.

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EKI Invests in Cloud Mine Consulting, Expands Salesforce and Digital Marketing Footprint

EKI Digital is pleased to announce we have invested in Cloud Mine Consulting, a leading Salesforce.com and digital marketing professional services firm.   Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, Cloud Mine Consulting assists enterprises of all sizes in developing, customizing, and deploying custom applications on Salesforce.com to strategically grow their businesses.  Cloud Mine Consulting is made up of consultants who have both deep technical and programming experience as well an MBA or other proven business management experience.

“We are incredibly optimistic about our investment in Cloud Mine,” said Robert Blackwell, Jr., founder and CEO of EKI Digital. “We expect the combination of EKI Digital’s agile, business-first approach to integrate seamlessly with Cloud Mine’s deeply specialized Salesforce.com team.  Cloud Mine’s success in the private and public sectors matches perfectly with EKI Digital’s diverse client base, which includes the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois, and several notable private-sector companies.   Together, EKI Digital and Cloud Mine Consulting will establish a new level of excellence in exploiting the many benefits to be gained from Salesforce.com technology.”

“We are thrilled about EKI Digital’s investment in our company,” said Jason Sun, Co-Founder and CRM Architect at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “EKI Digital’s proven leadership in Lean Digital businesses, their technical depth and their incredible reputation for excellence complement our Salesforce.com knowledge and help position us to do greater things faster than we ever could have imagined.“

“When we founded Cloud Mine Consulting, we wanted to make waves with our unique consulting model of talented people with blended business and technology backgrounds,” said Adam Zuckerman, Co-Founder at Cloud Mine Consulting.  “And with EKI Digital, we’ll be making those waves bigger and sooner.”

For more information on Cloud Mine Consulting, visit their website: http://www.cloudmineconsulting.com

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OpenGrid: Geospatial Data Application for the City of Chicago

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The Importance of Having Agile IT Systems

About 20 years ago, IT faced a dilemma: the Internet was still in its infancy and IT was a growing field. That might have been good for college graduates, but it was not good news for business owners. IT was in a category all of its own and it was a rough transition for some. Businesses saw the need for a robust IT department, but could not afford it. IT was in a unique category in that it was not revenue producing. In other words, the IT department of any small business did not contribute to their bottom line. It cost businesses money instead, making it difficult to justify the expense. The people in those IT departments were always applying to the executive boards and owners of the companies for newer equipment and better solutions. The biggest problem was cost. Most of the time, the cost could not be justified. This left many firms in the dark; they had to make do with what they had, which made them less competitive as time went on.
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What is in the Future of Document Management?

If you’re like us, you imagine our futuristic society buzzing with flying cars, powerful medicines, and teleportation devices. Although these may appear in our future, the future of document management is upon us. Although possibly a bit less glamorous than the flying cars, how we handle document management in the future will be equally important. Learn more about the future of document management by reading on.

Why Experts Invest in the Future of Document Management
Recent studies pointed out, the majority of IT executives are investing in document management solutions. Because of this trend toward future document management growth, society can expect leaps and bounds in technology and what can be achieved at the office.

As technology advances, computers and mobile devices will continue to increase their storage capacity while remaining their current or possibly even smaller size. But for any medium to large business, document management beyond the personal computer is necessary as more file types and digital documents are created. A 2015 survey found that 68 percent of companies use five or more repositories for storage that makes it very challenging to locate that needle-in-the-haystack document.

Innovation Brings Improved Document Search Functions
The future of document management seeks to eliminate the endless searching for a single document. A quality search interface will soon emerge as the industry standard for all content management systems making locating that once elusive document a breeze.

Another innovation coming in the future of document management is the ability to limit who gets to see and access certain files. This will prevent users from accidentally deleting or changing important information. We’ll see breakthroughs in data recovery from disasters like cyber attacks and other problems.

Although these measures that prevent documents getting [...]

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    9 Cost-Saving Tips to Do Business Intelligence for Small to Medium Companies

9 Cost-Saving Tips to Do Business Intelligence for Small to Medium Companies

Business intelligence or BI can help companies save lots of money in the long term but are costly up front. Therefore, many small to medium-sized business find it difficult to gain executive support. These 10 tips will help your small to medium-sized business save money and still get the business intelligence needed to compete.

1. Defer Unexpected and Overly Complex Problems to a Later Stage
While BI is designed to improve your overall business, keep to your plan. If data reveals unexpected problems, return to them when the ROI makes sense.

2. Quick Turnaround Cycles
Small to medium-size businesses require quicker results in BI initiatives. Use an analysis cycle that reacts quickly. Test and validate key data points quickly and focus on getting feedback often. Aim for measurable results every few weeks.

3. Utilize User Reporting
User driven reporting tools, which are now budget-accessible to small to medium-sized companies, enable users to generate their own reports and variations. Allowing individuals to customize their reports, these tools minimize the expensive involvement of the IT department.

4. Identify Experts in the Company
When jumping into a BI initiative, find the person in your organization who built reports before BI was in place. Their knowledge will save you hours of consultant time and expedite the analysis.

5. Reuse Existing Assets
Although a new BI initiative is beginning, existing reports should be built upon and used as a baseline for new reports. The common tendency to replace old reports is expensive and unnecessary.

6. Maximize Your ETL
The process of extracting, transforming, and loading data from your company’s source systems into the data warehouse is likely going to be the most expensive piece (in terms of labor) in your BI budget. Discuss all [...]

Seven Reasons You Need Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics has come of age as a core enterprise practice necessary to sustain competitive advantage. This technology enacts a wholly new phase of enterprise evolution by applying organizational learning, which empowers the business to grow by deploying a unique form of data-driven risk management across multiple fronts. This poster reveals seven strategic objectives that can be attained to their full potential only by employing predictive analytics.

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Can you unlock the value of your data?

Microsoft video covering how to use data to make better decisions. Features Power BI for Office 365 (Power BI Sites).

Sound data and content management increases business performance across the board. Data and content aren’t static entities, but continuously evolve, and making the right decisions requires that you have access to up-to-the-minute, accurate, relevant data and content that isn’t locked away in silos. Your data and content management strategy should include regular cleansing; integration, and enrichment of data so that it helps you increase business insight, make better decisions, improve customer experience and deliver measurable improvements in business performance.

EKI-Digital helps businesses increase revenue contribution by solving some of their toughest data management problems. We understand the challenges of results-driven enterprises and provide solutions to make initiatives like process automation, data and content management and business intelligence work better and smarter. Whether you have an acute pain to solve today or prefer to grow your capabilities overtime, EKI-Digital can unify, clean and enrich data and content in your business.

EKI-Digital has worked with businesses of all sizes, and in various industries to help them benefit by improve data and content as a tool to improve how their businesses performance. We leverage Power BI for Office 365 as a tool to improve collaboration and meet business users where they are most comfortable, in Microsoft Office. If you would like to learn more about this service please contact us at info@eki-digital.com.

You have the data. Can you get to it?

Microsoft video covering how to find and consolidate disparate data sources. Features Power BI for Office 365 (Power BI Sites).

Sound data and content management increases business performance across the board. Data and content aren’t static entities, but continuously evolve, and making the right decisions requires that you have access to up-to-the-minute, accurate, relevant data and content that isn’t locked away in silos. Your data and content management strategy should include regular cleansing; integration, and enrichment of data so that it helps you increase business insight, make better decisions, improve customer experience and deliver measurable improvements in business performance.

EKI-Digital helps businesses increase revenue contribution by solving some of their toughest data management problems. We understand the challenges of results-driven enterprises and provide solutions to make initiatives like process automation, data and content management and business intelligence work better and smarter. Whether you have an acute pain to solve today or prefer to grow your capabilities overtime, EKI-Digital can unify, clean and enrich data and content in your business.

EKI-Digital has worked with businesses of all sizes, and in various industries to help them benefit by improve data and content as a tool to improve how their businesses performance. We leverage Power BI for Office 365 as a tool to improve collaboration and meet business users where they are most comfortable, in Microsoft Office. If you would like to learn more about this service please contact us at info@eki-digital.com.

Are your insights locked away in data silos?

Microsoft video covering the benefits of sharing your data insights. Features Power BI for Office 365 (Power BI Sites).

Sound data and content management increases business performance across the board. Data and content aren’t static entities, but continuously evolve, and making the right decisions requires that you have access to up-to-the-minute, accurate, relevant data and content that isn’t locked away in silos. Your data and content management strategy should include regular cleansing; integration, and enrichment of data so that it helps you increase business insight, make better decisions, improve customer experience and deliver measurable improvements in business performance.

EKI-Digital helps businesses increase revenue contribution by solving some of their toughest data management problems. We understand the challenges of results-driven enterprises and provide solutions to make initiatives like process automation, data and content management and business intelligence work better and smarter. Whether you have an acute pain to solve today or prefer to grow your capabilities overtime, EKI-Digital can unify, clean and enrich data and content in your business.

EKI-Digital has worked with businesses of all sizes, and in various industries to help them benefit by improve data and content as a tool to improve how their businesses performance. We leverage Power BI for Office 365 as a tool to improve collaboration and meet business users where they are most comfortable, in Microsoft Office. If you would like to learn more about this service please contact us at info@eki-digital.com.