March 2019 Wrap Up

With new strategic partnerships, three new data analytics whitepapers and a wave of new events hosted at our Bourke Street office this month, it's been March Madness at Xello - the very good kind!

The team at Xello have been hard at work behind-the-scenes releasing additional new educative resources for our customers and visitors to leverage in their journey towards their cloud, data and digital transformation initiatives, and we're one step closer to announcing our exciting new offerings for SMB customers. Just in case you're out of the loop, here's our monthly wrap-up of all major news, events and thought leadership happening at Xello for the month of March - for your convenience. 

 

PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Melbourne Meetup #5
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Xello were once again excited to host the fifth Melbourne PowerApps & Flow meetup at our office this month.

The official presenter for March was Greg Nash, Principal Power Platform and Microsoft Azure Consultant with Dear Watson Consulting . Greg took us back to basics and his session focused on building our first PowerApp and learning the end-to-end process by creating a simple customer feedback app that sends data to Azure SQL Database for analysis in Power BI. It also covered Flow integration with Power BI Alerts to trigger actions based on a Power BI KPI metric. Greg has organised all of the Melbourne meetups run at the Xello office for the past five months, and has been integral in educating, expanding and growing the community into what it is today.

Couldn't make it to this month's meetup?  We highly encourage all interested parties to come to next month's meetup at our office in Bourke Street on 25 April. The meetup is a great community-based forum to share best practices, take part in exclusive training opportunities, and connect with other passionate PowerApps and Flow users from various professions and industries.

For more information on the agenda, presenters and topic, check out Xello Events and the official page for the Microsoft PowerApps and Flow Melbourne Meetup Group.

 

Global Integration Bootcamp 2019 Melbourne is a success

xello_global_integration_bootcamp_march_2019Xello is proud to announce we had an amazing turnout for the 2019 Melbourne Global Integration Bootcamp.

In partnership with fellow sponsors SixPivot and Microsoft, we had an amazing day hosting the local and very passionate Azure community at our office, who enjoyed hands-on labs, informative presentations and plenty of food and coffee alongside some great conversations about the latest integration services and their capabilities.

Melbourne's event joined locations all over the world in holding the bootcamp on the same day, and our many talented presenters - Bill Chesnut, Daniel Toomey, Has AlTaiar, Jorge Arteiro, Justin Yoo, Mandar Dharmadhikari, Paco de la Cruz and Yawer Iqbal - deserve a special thanks for delivering us all some amazing sessions.

Here's a snap of our very own senior consultant James Auchterlonie and his session on Azure Service Bus - he did us proud! A big thank you to all attendees and organisers for making the day a great success for everyone. If you are interesting in seeing pictures of the day, please visit our LinkedIn page.

For more information on Xello, SixPivot and the day's presenters. check out the official site for more information.

 

 

4 Best Practices for Successful Business Intelligence

7_signs_you_need_better_bi_softwareIn 2019 and beyond, business intelligence (BI) is one of the most important enablers of extracting greater value from our data.  Investment in cloud-based BI and data technologies is projected to grow to AUD $31.8 billion by 2020. In short, data analytics, particularly business analytics, has long become mainstream - and it’s time to use it.

However, while BI is vital for growth, competitive advantage and data-driven insights, successfully deriving value from our analytics requires more than just adopting new tech. Over 87% of organisations around the world still have low BI and analytics maturity, and are missing out on delivering the key insights they need to produce clearer reports and make better decisions.

Our new free-to-download business intelligence whitepaper covers the 4 best practices for adopting BI and explores why building a strategy is key to align your goals with the capabilities of self-service data analytics for greater, actionable insights.

 

Xello announces strategic partnership with Gartner Research

gartner-xelloXello are excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Gartner, the world's leading research and advisory firm. This new partnership will provide Xello ready access to Gartner's indispensable expertise and insights and help us continue to deliver market-leading business solutions to our Australian customers based on the latest cutting edge technology trends. Gartner's proven wealth of support knowledge is already helping support the company's many exciting projects heading into the near future, of which Gartner believes reflects the latest trends and opportunities across cloud, data and analytics.

For the official announcement and more information on the partnership, read the press release here.

 

How to use Azure Machine Learning for better predictive insights

how_to_use_azure_machine_learning_for_insights_xelloSmart speakers, wearables, voice assistants - intelligent applications and smart devices that make our life easier and our work more efficient are increasingly becoming everyday essentials. Powering all of this digital transformation is machine learning (ML), one of the most exciting information solutions available for data-prolific companies today. ML software has significantly optimised business infrastructure and vastly improved decision-making for multiple companies around the globe.

Discover how Azure Machine Learning makes ML self-service and accessible in this month's latest guide from our consultants.