Five Steps for a Stronger Password

Diane L. Saeger, Vice President of Marketing

Let’s face it – with so many software products and apps, it’s hard to keep passwords straight, not to mention secure. And the information changes. Passwords that worked yesterday don’t always work  well with today’s security risks. Password crackers and methods are more sophisticated than ever before. To help you stay current, here are a few tips, outlined by Hubspot that can help you write a stronger password that may be a little easier to remember as well.

1. Different account? Different password

A research study of over 300 college students found that nearly 75% reused at least one password. What’s the big deal? When you reuse a password, and a hacker accesses one of your accounts, the others fall like dominos. Many websites ask you to login with your email address, giving you the same username across multiple accounts, which amplifies the problem.

2. Make them long

According to Steve Gibson, a computer security expert, “making a password longer slows down a hacker’s ability to figure out what the password is, and length matters more than complexity.” Steve created a website called the Password Haystack that estimates how long it would take a password-cracker to key in on yours. It’s amazing how adding just one character to your password can make a big difference. How long is long enough? 12 characters seems to be optimum.

3. Try a password tool

Do you reset a password at least once a month? You’re not alone. It’s hard to remember more than a few passwords, but there are tools to aid the absentminded. A few popular password tools are 1PasswordLastPass 3.0, and KeePass. Now you just have to remember one password!

4. Exclude personal information

By separating personal information from your passwords, they are more difficult to guess. Searched yourself on Google lately? It’s amazing what people can learn about you from a simple web search. Don’t use a first, middle, or last name, your initial or anyone’s nickname. We all love our pets, but putting their name in a password is another common error.

5. Use mnemonics

A mnemonic password is a password that uses a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that help you remember it better. An example of a mnemonic password that you can visualize is “Oranges eat bananas but only on the beach.” If you can picture it in your head, it will be much easier to remember. Another cool tip is to tie the visualization to the name of the website you’re using. A Facebook user might use a password like “Yearbooks are so 1995.”

Passwords aren’t always easy, and maybe there will be new technologies in the future to make things easier. But for now, hopefully these tips give you a few ideas to help keep your tech accounts more secure.

Why Do We Need Business Intelligence?

Brian Petersen, Director of Business Intelligence Solutions

What if you found yourself needing to present a solid case in front of your boss for why you want to purchase a Business Intelligence solution? What would you say? Anything that involves asking your boss to spend money might cause you to begin to sweat.

You may never have to face this situation but, frankly, this scenario is making me nervous. So to help us both feel better, I’ve laid out a few points to help you understand a few advantages of BI.

A streamlined structure for reporting and analytics

Having a Business Intelligence solution with a data warehouse and cubes generally presents a very streamlined way for our users to get access to data. It’s widely known that ERP systems are designed and optimized for inputting information, but they are not built with the end-user in mind for getting information back out in an intuitive or user-friendly manner. A Business Intelligence solution helps ease the process of getting the data out, making it very, very easy to create stunning reports and dashboards. And most importantly, we can structure the data in a way that makes sense for the end users.

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Jet Mobile – Video Preview

Steve Little, Product Manager

Coming soon – a new way to access the power of Jet Enterprise Business Intelligence where you need it, when you need it. With Jet Mobile, you’ll be able to access your data at home, in a lunch meeting, or on the golf course all at the touch of your fingers. Get a glimpse now:

OLAP Cubes 101

Steve Little, Product Manager

What are Cubes?

Let me start by stating what cubes are NOT…Cubes are not relational databases. Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX, GP, and SQL are all examples of relational databases. Relational databases include tables and fields which are joined together by keys. Relational databases are great – we couldn’t run our businesses without them. They are optimized to get information into a system in a cohesive manner. But frankly, they aren’t optimized for getting the information out of the system.

To demonstrate the issue, here’s a hypothetical question that I like to pose:

“How much profit did we make selling Sno-cones to Icelanders last year?”

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Here’s a quick way to create the unique reports every finance department needs to deliver.

Paul Hollcraft, Global Partner Manager

Financial Dashboard

Finance in the modern enterprise has brought about a need for improved technology to meet a unique set of requirements. Too often, companies already have a Business Intelligence system in place but many of these systems aren’t designed with the needs of the finance department in mind.  If you’re in finance and considering your own solution, here are a few things we’re hearing from financial professionals in the enterprise:

Typically, financial professionals are focused on producing accurate management reports quickly to meet critical deadlines. (more…)

Secret Sessions at Convergence 2014

Emiley Oster, VP of US Sales

Everyone knows about the keynotes and sessions on the conference agenda but what if we told you that you can become the ultimate insider at Convergence this year?

If you’re like us, you spend 10-16 hours a day at a conference, not counting the off-time you spend tackling the work that’s piling up while you’re gone. You feel like you need to make the most out of the limited time you have to spare.

Don’t waste my time, you’re thinking. It’s an investment to come to an event like Convergence!

We’d like to offer more value than you bargained for with Jet Reports Secret Sessions. (more…)

What Every CIO Ought to Know About Data Discovery and Business Intelligence (And Probably Does)

Joe Little, President

Executives in every industry and sector are increasingly being asked to help make strategic IT decisions. A commonly asked question is “how can we use technology to strengthen our competitive advantage?”

Two popular technologies being used by companies today are data discovery and business intelligence. Both technologies are used to turn raw data into useful information. Both can help strengthen a competitive advantage— but each serves a unique purpose.

Although these technologies are related, it’s important to note that data discovery is not business intelligence. Data discovery tools are very popular today because they extend the capability of individuals to contribute by identifying trends and patterns that lead to new discoveries about the world. These discoveries can be very valuable. (more…)

How to beat the competition with Business Intelligence

Jim P. Andrews, Vice President of Sales

Competitive advantage means a company has or does something uniquely excellent. This is important because as you are reading this, your industry is changing and shifting under your feet. Competitors are watching how you evolve and are copying your products and services. Do you have flat rate shipping? They’ve got free. Released a new product? They’re working on the next version. The only way to do something uniquely excellent is to constantly push the envelope through continuous improvement.

In chess, the best of the best; the Grandmasters think many moves ahead for both sides. They know what will happen before it happens. More important than this, they are skilled at evaluating possible decisions before they take action. The most successful Grandmasters notate their games, collecting data from each round. They can then learn from, and leverage the data from thousands of games in order to beat their opponents. Intuition is valuable, but intuition based on data wins every time.

“Intuition is valuable, but intuition based on data wins every time.”

The good news is, your company likely already has the data it needs to make a bigger impact in the marketplace. You have valuable information to help you make better decisions. Think financials, customer databases and sales pipeline data, just to start. The question is: can you use this data to outperform the competition? (more…)

Jet Reports Forms Strategic Partnership with LS Retail

Brian Petersen, Director of Business Intelligence Solutions

We are happy to announce a new partnership created to benefit Dynamics NAV retail customers across the globe.

We have joined forces with LS Retail, the leader in retail for Microsoft Dynamics, to create a complete retail reporting and Business Intelligence platform for LS Retail clients.

So what does this mean? Together, we’ve built a Business Intelligence solution covering all major facets of the retail organization that enables LS Retail customers to analyze retail sales across stores, item variant profitability, loss prevention statistics, and make informed decisions based on their member management information. These are just a few of the things that we have collaborated on. It is this functionality that will help our retail customers make sense of the vast amounts of data available to them. (more…)

A partner perspective on why Business Intelligence matters

Jon Oesch, VP, Business Intelligence Sales

Hi Folks – today we have a guest blog from a well-known Microsoft re-seller and Jet Reports partner on why BI matters and how to think about it in the context of your ERP development. Aside from the sparkling writing by Andi Conti, this will link you to a web site with tons of good content on everything from Cost Accounting to Supply Chain optimization. Read more.

Happy Reading!

Jon

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