The Mobile Factor

If we can learn anything from 2014, it’s that mobile is a force to be reckoned with. Growing from 45% of the total digital time spent to 60% last year, mobile technologies such as smartphones and tablets are kicking the standard desktop to the curb. And in 2015, this usage gap between traditional browsing and mobile platforms is predicted to steadily increase.

What does this mean for your business?

Well, basically, if your website isn’t mobile friendly, you aren’t reaching over half of your target audience. It may also be time to seriously consider a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategy within your organization. Businesses that want to stay ahead of the game – and their competition – should be launching useful, end-user driven applications and begin deploying mobile enabled technologies such as beacons for digital data tracking and QR codes for optimum consumer self-service.

Take a look at our infographic below for the stats that prove the power of the Mobile Factor.

 


jeremy_martinsonJeremy Martinson is an applications development
manager with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting.
With nearly two decades of experience in IT, he
has extensive experience in system architecture,
application development, and custom solutions.
In short, he is our go-to tech guy in the office.

jmartinson@eidebailly.com

 

Digitalization & the Importance of Data Strategy

We live in a connected world. Nearly every aspect of our day-to-day is integrated with some form of technology or another, and this digitalization of our lives and environments is creating vast amounts of data. Every search term, click, visit, and interaction is logged and tracked, to some extent, by our online identities or stored cookies. And it’s moving beyond our traditional devices. Now our smartphones share our geolocation, application downloads, and activity; wearables track our movements and health stats; even our homes are generating personalized data about our schedules, living preferences, and even our refrigerator stock.

Many businesses are now realizing the value in this data pool as an opportunity to increase their value proposition to consumers. Visibility into the patterns and habits of your ideal customer can provide a true and lasting competitive advantage, creating a strategic relationship between the positioning of your service and/or product and your market’s perception and acceptance of your brand. Backed by today’s leading data analytics and business intelligence tools, you can turn an often untapped resource into an agent for positive business change. But the difference between those businesses who leverage digitalization and those who merely skim the surface lies in the existence or absence of a data strategy.

Data strategy in the Digital Age is not about gathering large amounts of meaningless, insignificant information. Rather, business leaders must ask themselves what data they truly need, what purpose it will serve in coordination their overall business objectives, and how are they going to manage the complexity of implementing a data strategy within their organization. Teams will need to be assigned, data scientists and analysts hired, new and existing operational processes considered, target audience scoping executed, and a C-level data officer positioned to oversee the entire practice.

Realigning your organization to undertake data collection and management to further your value proposition, more effectively target your ideal customer, and/or create increased business growth opportunities should be done with careful, well thought out consideration. Transparency is often the best practice when it comes to any business data strategy, and as consumers continue to grow increasingly aware of the data they generate – and the value it provides – they will continually be demanding a return. If you aren’t producing a benefit to the end-user with your data collection, you are not making use of useful information. Moreover, thoroughly examining what data your business truly needs to gather to provide value and erring on the side of minimalism is always best; there is a fine line in the data realm, and no one wants to ruin their business reputation with invasive, irresponsible data management practices. Which brings up the next best practice tip: Ensure the data’s integrity. When handling information of any kind, your organizational security must be considered. No one wants a data breach; don’t begin collection without first examining your environment.

Well-executed data strategies will yield results for your business. Utilize the insights gained to increase consumer engagement and conversion with real-time data to create right-time opportunities, targeting your ideal customer with individualized messaging across a multitude of platforms. Digitalization is creating a golden opportunity in the marketplace today, ensure that your strategy is defined to capitalize on it.


joey_skinnerJoey Skinner is Business Applications Senior Manager
with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting. Joey has
more than 22 years of experience in the information
technology field in roles ranging from application
architect and developer to technology consultant.
His expertise includes a strong understanding of
accounting principles and work flow procedures
with advanced application development and systems
implementation experience.

jskinner@eidebailly.com

 

How To Add Value with Context

A business’ strategy should always remain adaptive and flexible in the face of technology and market demands. 2014 saw a large influence from both mobile and big data, and as these “buzzword technologies” continue to evolve and mature, it is important to reflect on their impact to your organizational objectives. These are no longer emerging ideas, but solidified technology trends that are changing the business landscape, delivering vast information on your customers and industry.

In 2015, both mobile and big data are developing to incorporate value-added context and predictive elements, yielding actionable business insight over the former facts and figures. At the intersection of mobile platforms and data mining is the opportunity to leverage today’s advanced analytic and data discovery tools to create a solid foundation into contextual customer experience. No longer will the “right” message go to the wrong person through the incorrect channel. Companies that enable themselves to realize this opportunity will deliver useful messaging on the correct device to exactly their target audience, creating “right-time experiences;” if big data is reigning market king, context is queen.

Context Gone WrongTwo perfect, very different examples of context in action recently surface both in my personal life and in a laughable story from a colleague. One involved context used correctly, while the other was executed so poorly it warranted a very humorous #fail.

The latter came from a coworker who had a mailer delivered by an unknown company to his parents’ address – which he had not called home in over 10 years – personalized for a romantic piece of jewelry … for his sister. Now, regardless of the market demand for this kind of item, there are several lessons we can learn about the use of data from this example. What good is a “call to action” for your business if you are not utilizing data in the correct context? Yes, he does have someone in his life named Paige, but the role she plays in his life does not warrant this purchase by social standards. Again, context is everything.

Context Done RightOn the other hand, having personally just purchased a new home, in which we are undergoing a few remodeling projects, I was surprised yet ultimately pleased to find multiple special promotional offers appear to our new address and on my mobile device to a number of leading home improvement stores in the area. This is a prime example of leveraging big data and mobile technologies to drive engagement; useful messaging, to the right person, through the ideal channels.

Today’s market leaders understand that, in order to stand above the competition, they need to offer superior convenience above all else. This is done through context. Data sharing indicated that I had recently had all of our mail forwarded to a new address. Mobile sensor beacons showed that I had also visited a local hardware store several times over a few short weeks, implying that we were likely in the midst of a project. Predictive technologies deduced from there that I am likely a new homeowner, or had recently moved, and a mobile-enabled application sent a customized message with an extra off promotional offer for my next home improvement purchase to prompt further engagement with their brand.

This technology will have far reaching implications for how businesses reach and interact with their ideal customers in 2015 and beyond. But, the fact that this technology is readily obtainable in the marketplace means next to nothing for most of today’s business leaders. Mobile market research firm, Lopez Research, explains that the shortfall becomes, as with most technology implementations, business systems and process compatibility. “Contextual services require linking various information sources together in near real-time to deliver specific information and services. Meanwhile, most companies operate in application and process silos. … Hence, contextual services cannot be created until companies address [their] larger process issues.”

A tried and true method for enabling your business to adapt and remain flexible during these transforming times is to run your organization on the right systems. Enterprise resource planning is an ideal solution, connecting all of your back- and front-end office systems into a single interface. Any business staying on the cutting edge of their competition understands the importance of a system that embraces and integrates with the latest technologies, empowering your acceleration in the face of innovation, not holding you back.


trina_michelsTrina Michels is a business applications manager with Eide
Bailly Technology Consulting. Analytical by nature, Trina
aims to streamline operations that are often overlooked
by integrating and implementing end-to-end solutions for
her clients that support their unique business objectives,
leveraging technology to maximize goals.

tmichels@eidebailly.com

 

Are Passwords Dead?

no more passwords

Imagine a day when powering up your computer does not result in the entering of ******. This day is fast becoming a reality.

Passwords are a nuisance. Even its inventor thinks they’re a dated, inept nightmare, stating that “passwords [do] not [offer] a super high level of security [but rather are simply] enough to protect against casual snooping.” In fact, when you consider that this security method was established over five decades ago – long before our current Internet – it is downright alarming to think of the utter lack of innovation and development that has taken place in a today’s connected, e-driven world.

You may be wondering: If not the password, what?

Recently, the Fast Identification Online (FIDO) Alliance established a new cybersecurity standard “to make authentication simpler and stronger for all” in light of 2015’s dynamic privacy demands. This stride in the right direction was made even stronger by Microsoft’s announcement that Windows 10 will have these FIDO specifications incorporated into the new (and pretty awesome) operating system. This means that the latest cybersecurity technologies will not be developed in vain but, rather, will work with the latest, most widely used operating system in the world, taking a giant, long overdue “stab” at killing the password for good.

Of today’s promising security technologies – such as fingerprint readers, facial recognition software, and wearable devices – iris scanners, albeit slightly eerie, stand out on top for the most secure method of identity protection in the 21st century. Iris scans are so accurate, in fact, that they’re “just as unique as fingerprints and 10,000 times less likely to produce a false positive than facial recognition technology.” Moreover, the technology is developing at such a rapid pace that it is currently an affordable consumer option, with simple, easy-to-use solutions such as Myris ringing in at under $300. This technology innovator has also partnered with a number of computer companies to build iris scanners directly into upcoming computer releases, leveraging webcams as its default authentication protocol. This methodology would then be utilized for single sign-on (SSO), meaning that once you gain access to your computer through the initial ID scan at startup, you are logged in to all of your accounts. No more password managing apps and spreadsheets or 90 day refresh cycles.

Are passwords truly dead today? Not quite. But they are on their deathbed, and we say good riddance!


joe_tillmanJoe Tillman manages and oversees a group
of talented
engineers and IT testers within
Eide Bailly Technology
Consulting’s Service
Center team. With more than 13 years in
the technology industry working as a
business analyst and project manager, Joe
performs process and system reviews while
working with clients to define future strategic
goals, identify gaps, and develop an
executable roadmap
.

jtillman@eidebailly.com

 

What Data Analytics Will Mean to Business by 2020

At this point, we know that big data is a disruptor in the market, and when combined with other emerging technologies, this trend can quite literally “see” business intelligence for your organization. Today’s valuable streams of data provide a window into your business, your customers, your market, and your industry, but it takes looking at the big picture – both internal and external data sources – to create true visibility. Gartner Research recently shared their predictions in the data analytics realm by 2020, and we wouldn’t suggest turning a blind eye to big data’s outlook.

Prediction #1 | In the next 5 years, big data will revolutionize 80% of business processes and products established within the last decade.
Growing market adoption of connected devices, smart machines, and IoT devices will steadily increase the volume, velocity, variety, and veracity of real-time, valuable data. Automated, digitalized operations based on algorithmic technologies will reinvent long practiced, manual processes, creating a league of useful devices. “The added connectivity, communications and intelligence of things will make many [devices] agents for services that are currently requested and delivered via human intervention,” such as a vehicle that can schedule its own oil change, a smart machine that contacts the technician automatically when it senses an error, or an inventory that self-fulfills.

Prediction #2 | In less than 3 years, more than 20% of consumer-facing analytic deployments will utilize live-time tracking via the IoT.
Consumers expect instant information at their finger-tips, fueled in large part to the analytic strategies of powerhouses like Amazon. But soon, retail giants won’t be the only ones leveraging the Internet of Things to provide their customers with constant streams of data. As  the IoT increases its market presence, the cost of smart sensors will be driven down, inviting a new wave of industries to the analytic circle. Streaming geo-location and condition data will provide consumers with increased visibility into their interactions with your business, creating loyal customers and a transparent business model.

Prediction #3 | In less than 3 years, more than 30% of organizations will look to a third-party service to provide context and insight into their business data.
Gartner predicts a new service model will emerge with along with big data’s expanding impact in the business landscape. Information services and data analytic tools will become a key aspect to intelligent operations and informed business decisions.


joey_skinnerJoey Skinner is Business Applications Senior Manager
with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting. Joey has
more than 22 years of experience in the information
technology field in roles ranging from application
architect and developer to technology consultant.
His expertise includes a strong understanding of
accounting principles and work flow procedures
with advanced application development and systems
implementation experience.

jskinner@eidebailly.com

 

How To Succeed in the Digital Age

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again – The business landscape is evolving rapidly under the pressure of today’s technologies. If you aren’t leveraging this year’s emerging trends, you’re lagging your competitors. We are in the midst of a Digital Age, and it is impacting every aspect of your business – from your financials, operations and interactions to your overall business planning. At the forefront of this impact are your systems, the platforms from which your entire organization functions, and trending technologies leveraged alongside optimized systems will generate unprecedented growth opportunities for your business.

Leading strategies in these transformative trends, the Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to drive efficiencies across the workplace while Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is paving the way for seamless integration at every touch point.

IoT continues to be a buzzword in the market, but it all boils down to automation. Home automation, smart car integration, wearable device synchronization, all these feed constant streams of data to-and-from intelligent devices for continual machine-to-machine communication. This can yield amazing results for your business, automating previously manual, time-consuming and clunky processes. A prime example of the far-reaching implications of this emerging technology is its power to streamline supply chain practices. Consumers are increasingly demanding immediate responses and consumption at the tap of their screen; realize this market expectation by utilizing the Internet of Things to personalize your service at every touch point. Orders can be fulfilled, shipped and tracked directly from warehouse smart devices, eliminating human error and providing customers with the immediate gratification that they demand in today’s highly commoditized marketplace.

BYOD policies within your business can complement IoT’s capabilities by providing a streamlined platform for interactions. A mobile, customer self-service application for integrated use across devices will support cross-channel communication between your company and your customers. Internally, BYOD allows streamlined accessibility to your business’ multi-channel, multi-location key data, increasing efficiencies and quality of service. Moreover, implementing a BYOD strategy that works for your business fosters employee satisfaction, empowers staff and customers to effectively self-serve, and improves overall productivity at every touch point in your operations. People always prefer their own technology; leverage this fact to create a competitive advantage through effective BYOD delivery.

At the end of the day, however, a system that is as dynamic and innovative as today’s emerging technologies is just as crucial – if not more so – than being an early trend adopter. In order to implement seamless front-to-back end office processes via IoT technologies, the two must be interconnected. Likewise, you cannot put valuable information at the fingertips of your team or your customers across devices without a real-time, holistic view of what is occurring within your business. Your ERP system is your business connector, joining the spider web of your processes and data onto a single interface for improved visibility and understanding. When leveraged with today’s emerging technologies, your business can integrate and communicate across disparate processes and traditional information silos for previously impossible levels of adaptability and flexibility.

Business operations must evolve alongside technology advancements. The emergence of Internet of Things and Bring-Your-Own-Device strategies in combination with today’s innovative ERP solutions creates an extraordinary potential to turn your business challenges into opportunities for growth. Complete financial and operational visibility from anywhere on any device, automated order fulfillment and inventory management, and an enriched, valuable customer experience is now not only realistic but attainable. True business acceleration is the Digital Age’s foremost result, but establishing your business on a solid system foundation is an essential first step. After all, strategy means nothing without the tools to deliver results.


stuart_tholenStuart Tholen is the Director of Eide Bailly Technology
Consulting’s
Enterprise Resource Planning services.
With more than 30 years of
experience in tax, audit
and IT, Stuart has focused on building and

developing a consulting department to customize
and integrate
business solutions for the end-user.

stholen@eidebailly.com

 

Six Ways to Grow Your Business, Better

Every business has a challenge, and while each situation is unique, there are underlying trends that emerge regardless of industry or market. Recently, Hinge Research surveyed over 500 businesses across numerous fields of service and discovered that 2015 brings with it common organizational concerns.

Business Challenges

Over 70% of respondents agree that business development is a key challenge moving into the New Year. While your normal instinct to combat this may be to overload your sales pipeline with as many leads as possible, a more effective strategy is to focus on quality leads over the quantity of leads. This shift away from volume-centric can be difficult and seem counterintuitive – after all, if you want to increase sales, why wouldn’t you want more lead opportunities – but the reality is focusing your time and energy on the right leads will reap more benefits.

A first step in achieving quality leads in your business is identifying the aspects of your ideal client, from specific pain points to your organization’s value proposition. You can scope for these insights in sales calls, focus groups, industry research studies and direct surveys to prospect lists. Moreover, give your classifications more depth by employing a common marketing technique and define your ideal client by buyer personas, categorizing everything from role, industry and company size to geographical location and preferred communication methods. Across the board, all high-quality leads will understand the importance of a timely resolution and are already familiar with your business. Taking the time to qualify leads based on your defined ideal client characteristics ensures that your organization’s time and efforts are being targeted toward the right individuals, instead of wasting resources pursuing a prospect that will never become a customer.

Next comes nurturing your quality leads. The following are what I like to call the “Successful Six” for attracting and developing new business, better:

  • Be systematic and timely with interactions. Setting realistic expectations on both ends sets the foundation for a positive experience.
  • Track everything. An interaction and content history provides valuable insight to gauge and listen to your clients and prospects. This is where the right tools, such as a quality customer relationship management (CRM) solution, can be a key differentiator for your organization.
  • Maintain consistent communication, maneuvering the fine between being forgotten and being annoying.
  • Highlight your business’ value proposition clearly, often and early.
  • Ask for the business. This is where many businesses fall short; actively listen for agreement triggers during prospect conversations and execute. Additionally, don’t wait for the sale to close before asking a successful, satisfied client for referrals. Your ideal client’s network is an untapped goldmine for your business.
  • Constantly evolve and modify your lead generation and conversion process based on market experiences to positively impact your return on investment.

sandi_piatzSandi Piatz is the Director of Business Development with
Eide Bailly Technology Consulting. With more than 16
years’ experience in the technology industry, Sandi
specializes in recruitment, management, and
development of relationships, with a focus on
understanding organizations’ business objectives and
aligning their technology initiatives.

spiatz@eidebailly.com

 

Locking Your Digital Door

Cybersecurity, like the threats it protects against, is ever evolving. Measures your organization once took to ensure the integrity of your network 3 years ago mean next to nothing in today’s highly volatile, threat ridden business landscape. And yet, many organizations have not taken the necessary precautions to safeguard their data against greedy, aggressive cybercriminals in the New Year. Once again, if you are leaving your business’ digital door wide open, statistically, it is only a matter of time before something is compromised.

This week brought to light a few alarming attacks, the most concerning being what is said to be the largest healthcare data breach in history. With more industries moving into the digital age, security and privacy are growing concerns, and everyone – regardless of industry – can learn from the Anthem hack. However, those in the healthcare sector in particular may find themselves overwhelmed and uncertain during this time of HIPAA compliance, Electronic Health Records (EHR) initiatives, electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) concerns, and growing consumer expectations coupled with the news from Anthem. Luckily for them, our go-to healthcare guy, Jon Ault, has a very timely webinar on safeguarding patient information, from risk assessment to threat detection and best practices, next month to guide healthcare organizations to be proactive against these looming threats. The rest of us can take some measures of our own to ensure both our personal information and company data is secured.

Risk assessment is always the first step. From an individual standpoint or at an organizational level, you must identify your critical assets and regularly assess for vulnerabilities, remembering that locking the door does nothing if the window is wide open. As a best practice, establishing password refresh cycles and two-step authentication when available is always a good idea. As part of your business’ IT security strategy, you may want to consider awareness training across departments, educating staff on the rising threat of phishing campaigns. Those seemingly harmless free USBs at conferences and networking events may not be so innocuous; loading a transportable device with a hidden malware file is shockingly simple, and what better venue for hackers then SWAG bags at high traffic events? Ensuring your team understands today’s high threat social engineering practices is a key step toward properly defending your network.

Additionally, view your marketplace as a network, and work with other businesses to share and collaborate on security concerns. If you’ve discovered a vulnerability that will affect others within your peer group, share it. The ideal solution is more likely to surface with more involved, and hoarding information means everyone fails. Limit the number of administrators on your network within your business, and consider setting time parameters and approved locations for data accessibility. Businesses should always secure their test environments, which are rich in repetitive data, and employ data masking techniques that camouflage sensitive information with random characters, maintaining its requirements but de-identifying it to intrusive eyes.

At the end of the day you must do your research and take the necessary actions to protect yourself and your organization, being realistic about your capacity and expertise for DIY cybersecurity. When in doubt, a 101 class is a good place to start.


mike_arvidsonMike Arvidson is the Director of Eide Bailly Technology
Consulting’s Infrastructure Services. With more than 20
years of experience in the IT industry, Mike’s wealth of
knowledge includes network systems implementation,
integrated new technologies, and information security.

marvidson@eidebailly.com

 

Back to Basics | What Is ERP?

Traditional explanations of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can become so complex that the value it provides your organization goes unnoticed amidst the tangle of words. In short, ERP is simply a methodology for connection. This basic concept has since been translated into a number of software solutions available in the marketplace today that integrate the numerous disparate “back end office” systems of a business – from accounting, sales and customer relationship management (CRM) to manufacturing and distribution – into a single interface for value-added insights across an organization.

All organizations are comprised of a spider web of processes and data. At the foundation of every business is interaction, and each interaction  large or small  contributes to the value exchange between your company and your customer. While most organizations have an established framework for monitoring and evaluating ongoing interactions, as your business grows and processes multiply, past methods depreciate and provide less meaningful insight.  Additionally, as we often know all too well, teams are not always the best at communicating across “party lines.” As a rule, the more people and processes between pockets of data, the more challenging it becomes to share information that is accurate and valuable. Key performance indicators can provide helpful progress reports, but an increase in the number of applications used to manage these growing processes essentially “siloes” information, making it less readily accessible for everyone.

ERP_Spider Web

ERP joins the dispersed procedures, tasks and accomplishments throughout a business and makes it possible to manage and examine the organization as a whole. The compiling of data spanning departments, processes and interactions provides a holistic, comprehensive representation of your business; it establishes accountability and allows your organization to become progressively reactive to situations that reduce value creation while improving proactivity in the future.

The key focus of an ERP solution is to create a dynamic, actionable structure encompassing all areas of a business to clearly identify relationships and patterns in the data. This evolving interface allows teams and executive leaders to become agile and responsive to changing conditions within the business or marketplace, realized through defined, digestible facts and figures to more easily identify what is working and what is not. Connecting your financial systems to your value producing systems, human resources and even customer relationship management allows you to track, analyze and automate workflows and processes across your business. All these touch points across the business are recorded and later sorted, contextualized and presented in a useful format from one application. This will result in customers that are better served, staff that are more informed and capable, and leadership that is more aware and responsive.

Within a business, it is not always clear which processes are performing well, which ones suffice, and which desperately need to be altered. Patterns go unseen and inconsistencies between sales orders, inventory needs and manufacturing remain unaddressed. Identifying how individual practices are performing in isolation and against one another allows an organization to discover strategies for real improvement. By integrating otherwise separate – yet interdependent – data from all aspects of your business, you gain a complete vantage point of your organization from which you can make analysis, reporting and compliance needs not only more convenient but also more accurate. Enterprise Resource Planning is the solution platform to provide visibility into the big picture of your business and provide insights to think critically, identify opportunities to improve and, ultimately, create more value in an increasingly competitive marketplace.


eric_andersonEric Anderson is ERP Senior Manager with Eide
Bailly Technology Consulting, where he leads our
Sage 100 ERP practice. With more than 15 years
of experience in the accounting field, his expertise
includes enterprise resource planning consulting
and technology advising, with a focus on driving
successful solution selection, implementation,
and systems support. 

eanderson@eidebailly.com

Business Intelligence | The Intersection of the “Internet of Things” and Big Data

Earlier this month, we gave you our top technology trends for 2015, and, not surprisingly to anyone observing the latest market trends, we highlighted the Internet of Things (IoT). There is often a lot of ambiguity surrounding the concept of IoT, but it all essentially boils down to connectivity. IoT refers to the connection of any powered device to the Internet, enabling interactive device-to-device and device-to-user communication to automate tasks for optimal efficiency and understanding; it has become a catch all phrase for utilizing device-driven data to create something useful.

Often, IoT brings to mind very “techie” inventions like smart home thermostats and wearable devices, and while these energy trackers are early growth areas for the industry, they are just scratching the surface of possibilities. Rather, these technologies demonstrate a major influencer of IoT that will have an astronomical impact on the business sector – Big data.

You see, the Internet of Things is not evolving in isolation; it is maturing alongside another huge market changer. Our lives are driven by data. Every interaction in our day-to-day creates an endless stream of data waiting to be transmitted, stored, and analyzed to make our lives better, which is basically what the Internet of Things is enabling. These two interconnected trends are shaping the market in vast ways. On its own, a small device with no storage or processing capacity would add little to our lives, but by backing it with the curation and correlation of high volumes and varieties of data, the outcome is utterly valuable convenience, optimization, and efficiency.

At the intersection of IoT and big data is true business intelligence. The insight gained through these trends creates competitive advantage. Improved customer experience, optimized processes, elevated business forecasting, and empowered decision making are all created at the convergence of the Internet of Things and big data. There are virtually endless opportunities for connections in the future of IoT, both personally and in your business. Whether that is your car syncing with your work calendar, road conditions, traffic congestion live stream, and available parking detection to provide you with the optimal morning commute, or the ability to track your business’ inventory shipments for quality control and maximum agility. IoT will change how we live, interact, parent, consume, and work.

Recognizing the need to manage and make sense of your business’ data is an essential first step. It is not as simple as slapping a wearable on your wrist – though, at some point in the future, wearable devices for office equipment to auto-manage supplies and self-diagnose issues could be a reality. Industries will be disrupted, markets will evolve, and security will become more crucial than ever as this technology becomes more prevalent in the marketplace. Meet next generation consumer expectations and automate your business by enabling visibility into your underlying data trends. If your business is ready for the cutting edge of business intelligence, consider these areas; a world of interconnectivity is upon us – Are you prepared?


joey_skinnerJoey Skinner is Business Applications Senior Manager
with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting. Joey has
more than 22 years of experience in the information
technology field in roles ranging from application
architect and developer to technology consultant.
His expertise includes a strong understanding of
accounting principles and work flow procedures
with advanced application development and systems
implementation experience.

jskinner@eidebailly.com