Tag Archives: business intelligence

Gartner: Microsoft Named Magic Quadrant Leader 9 Years Running

February 12, 2016 — 

For the ninth consecutive year, world-renowned research and advisory firm Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence for its cloud-based Power BI software product. And for the first time, Power BI also placed furthest in ‘completeness…Read more…

Intuition Versus Insight

December 31, 2015 — 

Gain insight into your nonprofit decisions with facts and figures, not guesses. Recently, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize nonprofit. We were discussing the intersection…Read more…

Latest Acquisition Boosts Microsoft Data Insight

December 28, 2015 — 

In other great Microsoft news, it was announced that the software giant recently completed the acquisition of Metanautix, a data analysis company whose aim is to tear down data silos in order to “connect the ‘data supply chain,’ no matter what [sic]…Read more…

The Care & Feeding of Major Donors

November 11, 2015 — 

However you define them, major donors mean big business for nonprofits. This is why major donors can often seem intimidating to many fundraisers, even seasoned development officers with great track records. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read on for…Read more…

The Generous Generation: Millennials & Nonprofits

October 27, 2015 — 

It’s tempting for nonprofits to court Millennials. For starters, there are over 80 million of them. In fact, 2015 marks the first year that Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as the largest living American generation. Earlier this year, they surpassed Generation X to become…Read more…

3 Keys to Getting Along with Search Engines

October 9, 2015 — 

“How much am I going to have to pay to be number one in search results?” Unfortunately, that was not a rhetorical question. Nor was it sarcasm. That was a real question I recently heard a business person ask a web…Read more…

Nonprofits And New Technology

September 30, 2015 — 

In the early days of the California gold rush, Americans with urgent messages for the western frontier were confronted with a problem. The westernmost United States Post Office was located near the very heart of the country in St. Joseph, Missouri, barely 200 miles west of the Mississippi…Read more…

Beyond RFM: Constituent Analytics

September 17, 2015 — 

Discover how to identify, evaluate, and motivate your donors  Recency. Frequency. Monetary value. The all-powerful RFM. These three metrics have been drilled into the heads of fundraisers since the early days of nonprofits and fundraising organizations—but what worked in decades past is no longer…Read more…

Must-Have Software: What Nonprofits Want

September 4, 2015 — 

New report sheds light on nonprofit software challenges What drives nonprofits to seek out new fundraising software? What types of functionality are they searching for? Which are ‘must-have’ features and which are ‘nice-to-haves’? These questions were explored in a new report by Software Advice, a…Read more…

Prescriptive Analytics: Using Data to Make Great Decisions

August 28, 2015 — 

Does analysis matter? The world of data analysis is filled with swirling information from countless directions, as well as complex nomenclature and acronyms. But at the end of the day, what really matters to your mission is action and results….Read more…

Empower Your Nonprofit Staff to Perform Higher Value Work

August 14, 2015 — 

Instead of having to “do more with less,” here’s how your nonprofit can better allocate resources to “do more with more.” Since the Great Recession, nonprofit organizations have grown in both size and number. Donation participation and gift totals are at an all-time…Read more…

Use This Checklist To Help Donors Get The Message

July 31, 2015 — 

There are plenty of ways to send a message. You could make a call, pay a visit, rent a billboard, write a letter, or even send a fax. The ability of your nonprofit organization to ensure that your message actually reaches its…Read more…

5 Fundraising Lessons from 2016 Presidential Candidates

July 24, 2015 — 

While most nonprofits can’t enlist the help of Super PACs to raise millions, there are still plenty of fundraising and marketing lessons to learn from the current crop of presidential hopefuls. According to the Federal Elections Commission, over $400 million has already…Read more…

The 2 Most Important Ingredients For Nonprofit Success

July 14, 2015 — 

Former GE CEO Jack Welch shares his tips for success—tips that can lead to nonprofit success, too. Savvy nonprofit leaders understand that knowledge and inspiration can come from anywhere, especially the private sector. And when it comes to words of wisdom, there are…Read more…

Nonprofits Are Too Important To “Buy Cheap”

June 29, 2015 — 

When buying nonprofit software, it’s important to account for all expenses and savings—not just upfront costs. When I was growing up, I remember my parents doing whatever they could to save money. After the leftover Thanksgiving turkey was wrapped in plastic and…Read more…

[WEBINAR RECAP] StratusLIVE Nonprofit Business Intelligence

September 5, 2014 — 

Focus Your Fundraising The amount of digital information continues to increase with each passing second. So how can your nonprofit cut through all the noise and get the information you really need to make faster, clearer, better decisions? StratusLIVE is proud…Read more…

4 Questions To Answer Before Integrating Your Online Donation Page

August 18, 2014 — 

Get the most out of your existing data: integrate your online fundraising and donation tools to your database. The importance of having one single database for all of your constituent related data cannot be overstated. From marketing integration to campaign…Read more…

How Are Nonprofits Using Business Intelligence?

July 11, 2014 — 

Is your nonprofit ready for the donor data revolution? We’ve all heard how important “big data” is to improving the reach, accuracy, and effectiveness of marketing outreach and sales efforts. Business intelligence (BI) is the next generation of comprehensive data…Read more…