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Take the Survey: Best Practices in Self-Service Business Intelligence

Posted March 9th, 2017

Today companies of all sizes are utilizing self-service BI solutions that harness the power of next-generation data management and advance user interfaces to achieve greater ease of use and faster and better access to information and insights. Even for large corporations, self-service BI solutions can supplement their core business intelligence initiatives, providing a friendlier front end that builds on existing business intelligence investments.

The 2017 Benchmark Report on Self-Service Business Intelligence, revised, expanded and updated from last year’s popular edition, publishes next month. Click here to take the survey that serves as the basis for the new research. Continue reading

New Research Reveals How Top Performing IT Organizations Mitigate Risk

Posted February 18th, 2017

When it comes to application technology and infrastructure, the world is a very different place than it was a decade ago. So, too, are user expectations. With applications having migrated en masse to web-based interfaces and cloud-based hosting, and with anytime, anywhere data access now the norm, people have come to expect trouble-free engagement and immediate responsiveness (typically, in the range of 250 to 500 milliseconds) as they interact and transact with applications on their desktops and mobile devices.

These user expectations are not limited to consumer applications. They apply to work-related applications, as well. Whether the application is the product of a third-party solution provider or the company’s own internal software development group, users today have scarce little patience for slow-running applications or even temporary glitches in functionality. They have no tolerance at all for application downtime.

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New Research Looks at Next-Generation Sales and Catering Solutions

Posted February 3rd, 2017

Industry pundits have long predicted the imminent decline of group sales for business events at hotels, resorts and conference centers. They believed that technology innovation would have a transformative effect on regional and global meetings. They reasoned that next-generation video conferencing, in particular, would dramatically reduce the need, and the desire, for companies to host and facilitate in-person industry conferences, corporate gatherings and other events.
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New Research Titles in the Hospitality Sector

Posted January 6th, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the expansion of our series of Smart Decision Guides for decision makers in the hospitality sector with the upcoming release of a new title, on best practices in hotel guest experience management. Our existing library of Smart Decision Guides for the hospitality sector focuses on such topics as hotel property management systems, hospitality revenue management and restaurant management and POS systems. These popular titles are revised and updated on an annual basis. The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Hotel Guest Experience Management will publish next month, with underwriting support from the following industry leaders: Agilysys, ALICE, Amadeus, Infor and Sabre Hospitality.

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Restaurant Management and POS Systems for Hotels and Resorts

Posted December 17th, 2016

With restaurant POS systems accounting for the largest portion of the budget for restaurant IT investments, the providers of these solutions are vying for the attention of prospective buyers, including hotel and resort operators. As it happens, some of the leading POS solution providers are also leading providers of hotel property management systems (PMS). These solution providers have a distinct advantage over restaurant-only vendors in that they are able to serve hotels with fully integrated technology capabilities.

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In the Spotlight: Application Performance Management

Posted November 15th, 2016

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new study on a hot topic in the world of database management, software development and network performance management: Application Performance Management.  The goal is to gain a deep understanding of how companies today are utilizing application performance monitoring tools to identify database problems and resource bottlenecks as well as to pinpoint defective or inefficient code. In most cases, the goal is to speed the development of new applications as well as optimize the performance of existing applications.

The survey that serves as the basis for the study can be found here.

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Why Insurance Agencies are Upgrading their Technology Capabilities

Posted October 7th, 2016

The ability to provide a better customer service and increase employee productivity are two good reasons to upgrade to a next-generation Insurance Agency Management System. Another good reason relates to data accuracy. These systems make the paperwork on the back-end not only easier to process, but also less prone to errors.

Whether agents are entering information such as a vehicle description or a client birth date or outputting premium quotes, income statements, or a claims report, processing tends to be quick and accurate. Many systems can retrieve and pre-load ACORD forms and remarket carrier features and benefits without the need to manually rekey information.

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Revenue Cycle Management for Healthcare Providers

Posted September 9th, 2016

Revenue Cycle Management refers to the extensive and complicated process to yield a payment for a service provided by a healthcare provider. Healthcare poses a confusing and challenging revenue cycle that dramatically differs from any other industry. From the minute the patient contacts a healthcare organization until after the payment is received, healthcare organizations have to meet a dizzying array of requirements to properly qualify the patient’s insurance coverage, meet the service and documentation requirements, and build a claim that properly and accurately qualifies the service, patient situation, complicating factors, and condition.
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New Healthcare IT Research Practice Earns Accolades from Readers in the Know

Posted August 29th, 2016

We’re elated by the positive response we’ve received to our initial foray into the realm of healthcare IT. Decision makers at dozens of medical practices, both large and small, have submitted feedback praising our “invaluable” research and “terrific insights” into medical practice management solutions. It’s all very gratifying. This blog review is typical: “Starfleet Research’s report, The 2016 Smart Decision Guide to Practice Management Solutions, is a clear, concise tool that everyone seeking a practice management software solution should read and digest before opening their wallets. This report is an invaluable tool in stimulating critical thinking about obtaining the optimal solution for your practice needs and goals.”

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Next-Generation Hospitality Technology: Automating for Success

Posted August 15th, 2016

Hospitality technology has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years. In fact, until recently, there was no single software application for managing, let alone automating, all of the different functions that take place at a hotel or resort in a unified and integrated fashion. Instead, hoteliers typically used function-specific software programs — often in conjunction with Excel spreadsheets and age-old manual processes — to run their day-to-day business operations.

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