About Rachael Narel

Rachael Narel, PhD, CISA is a Solution Strategist at Peters & Associates focused on partnering with clients to understand business vision, goals, and challenges, and aligning solutions and technology to help immediately and in the future. She has spent over 17 years in the IT and Software fields having experience in virtually every functional area of an organization through both team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support. Narel holds a PhD in Organization Development and a Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology from Saint Xavier University.

ChickTech High School Conference 2019

On November 23rd, Peters & Associates was proud to help sponsor the 2nd ChickTech High School Conference for the Chicago Western Suburban chapter.  Nearly 80 young women from local area high schools attended the event at Benedictine University.  Congressman Bill Foster helped kick off the day, speaking to the girls about the work he and [...]

By |2019-12-04T14:46:08-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Press Releases|Comments Off on ChickTech High School Conference 2019

Power Apps: Adapt to Big Data Recap

PowerApps is one of the simplest, most useful tools available to Microsoft users. It allows you to customize Office 365 and Dynamics 365 with scalable apps that span productivity and business data. You can tailor SharePoint Online with PowerApps, use it with Microsoft Teams, and build applications on Dynamics 365. The possibilities are endless!  But [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:24:14-06:00December 20th, 2018|Collaboration, Office 365|Comments Off on Power Apps: Adapt to Big Data Recap

Power BI: Actionable Insights Recap

The new age of self-service analytics requires a trustworthy centralized version of the truth that is readily accessible to business users with various needs and levels of technical expertise. At Peters & Associates, we harness the power of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence stack to provide strategic Business Intelligence solutions leveraging Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, and Power [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:45:25-06:00November 14th, 2018|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Power BI: Actionable Insights Recap

Into the Weeds of PowerApps Licensing

Microsoft prides itself on including many of its new products and features within its existing offerings. This is true for its analytics products: Power BI and PowerApps. While Power BI allows for integrating SaaS applications into common, shareable dashboards, PowerApps also allows organizations to build custom applications that support this data without having a highly [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:08:40-06:00October 25th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Into the Weeds of PowerApps Licensing

Illinois ASBO Conference – Leverage Data for Effective Business Decisions

I recently had the privilege of presenting at the 2018 IASBO Conference. The Illinois Association of School Business Officials is a professional and collaborative association dedicated to providing their members the tools, resources, and services that promote the effective use of educational resources and best practices in school business management.  In alignment with that mission, [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:55:58-06:00May 7th, 2018|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Illinois ASBO Conference – Leverage Data for Effective Business Decisions

ChickTech Event Recap

Peters & Associates recently sponsored the first Networking Event for the Chicago West Suburban Chapter of ChickTech.  As Co-Director of the chapter, I was honored to kick off our inaugural gathering to share more about the innovative programs they offer, as well as provide an opportunity for local women in technology to connect and learn [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:14:58-06:00April 15th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on ChickTech Event Recap

Decisions without Data – what we can learn from Punxsutawney Phil

It is that time of year again.  Punxsutawney Phil, that Prognosticator of Prognosticators, will emerge from his burrow and tell us if there will be 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring.  I personally have never fully understood how the shadow interpretation process was determined since one would think a clear, sunny day [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:57:07-06:00February 2nd, 2018|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Decisions without Data – what we can learn from Punxsutawney Phil

Make Those New Habits Stick!

It’s a fresh new year, and now is the time when many people start to focus on self-improvement. Personal goals can often include: lose some weight, give up bad habits, or spend more time with family and friends. Organizational goals might include a desire to put new practices in place around security or add new [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:33:53-06:00January 8th, 2018|Advisory Services|Comments Off on Make Those New Habits Stick!

Let’s Talk Turkey – Overstuffed with Too Much Data?

It has been said that more data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.  We are now using terms like Big Data and zettabytes on a daily basis.  Business Intelligence tools make it easier than ever to mine through the massive amounts of raw [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:57:42-06:00November 24th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Let’s Talk Turkey – Overstuffed with Too Much Data?

How can you drive Business Intelligence Adoption?

You spent months evaluating solutions, spending time and money on proofs of concept, and finally made an investment in the right Business Intelligence (BI) solution for your organization.  Congratulations!  But… the journey isn’t over yet.  You need to make sure the end users make the most of this new tool for not only the strategic [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:58:19-06:00November 6th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on How can you drive Business Intelligence Adoption?