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.

Back to School – BI Solutions Rule!

Primary and secondary schools need to focus on two main priorities: running a business and providing the necessary resources for educating their students.  Administrators are challenged to accomplish their objectives and goals with fewer and fewer resources.  Funding is tied to performance measures and stakeholders are constantly looking for updates and information.  Gaining insights leveraging [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:58:49-06:00August 30th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Back to School – BI Solutions Rule!

Leveraging Business Intelligence to Enhance Organizational Agility

In the dynamic and fast-paced environment of business today, more and more organizations are realizing they need to be agile in order to thrive and, in many cases, even merely survive.  Additionally, the increased complexity of technology and acceleration of information volumes requires a higher level of coordination of activities between people than ever before [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:59:19-06:00August 11th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Leveraging Business Intelligence to Enhance Organizational Agility

Why Change Management is Critical for a Successful BI Project

When organizations roll out Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, they are considerably more successful in getting end users to embrace the new solution when Change Management is part of the initiative.  Introducing BI often requires a change in business processes and user behaviors, frequently replacing tools or methods that have been in place for years.  While [...]

By |2018-12-18T10:59:48-06:00July 17th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Why Change Management is Critical for a Successful BI Project

Power BI Apps – A Roadmap to Improved Deployments and Enterprise Scalability

A source of frustration for many people as they have scaled out Power BI deployments was their ability to manage and distribute content efficiently and effectively.  On May 3, 2017, Microsoft announced their solution to this problem: Power BI apps. They also released a roadmap for future development.  In this blog post, I will describe [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:00:04-06:00June 19th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Power BI Apps – A Roadmap to Improved Deployments and Enterprise Scalability

Time to Spring Clean (your Business Intelligence solution!)

The weather is getting nicer, the birds are chirping, flowers are starting to bloom – time for some spring cleaning (and allergies…)! We often focus on cleaning out our homes or desks and getting rid of physical clutter, but when was the last time you cleaned up your Business Intelligence (BI) solution? Let’s put on [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:00:37-06:00April 28th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Time to Spring Clean (your Business Intelligence solution!)

Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

Through our blogs and recent events, we have been engaging in the conversation of how the Internet of Things (IoT) can transform your business and enable you to capitalize on new opportunities by harnessing the data of connected "things." However, this also brings about security concerns including secure management of IoT devices, as well as [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:00:56-06:00March 8th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT) Simplified

The Internet of Things (IoT) has continued to become a growing conversational topic in both business and socially.  It has the potential to impact not only how we live but also how we work.  Similar to the advent of "cloud computing," however, for many people it seems futuristic and complicated.  It doesn’t have to be!  [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:01:15-06:00February 3rd, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Internet of Things (IoT) Simplified

Top 5 BI Resolutions for 2017

It’s that time of year again.  We take a look back at the past year and figure out what went well and where we want to make improvements for the next year.  Lose some weight, give up bad habits, spend more time with family and friends.  It’s a good idea to take this same approach [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:01:25-06:00January 11th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Top 5 BI Resolutions for 2017

Strategically Approach your Business Intelligence Initiatives

A robust Business Intelligence (BI) solution enables organizations to make faster and better informed decisions, uncover trends and predict future ones, and provide visibility into the status and health of the organization.  However, as the type and number of BI solutions has grown, so too has the complexity of BI projects. Opportunities for Success Based [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:04:52-06:00November 9th, 2016|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on Strategically Approach your Business Intelligence Initiatives

ISACA Women’s Forum Recap

I was honored to be invited to present at the 5th ISACA Chicago Chapter Women’s Forum last week!  It was an insightful event focused on the unique needs, opportunities, and challenges faced by women in the field.  In addition to my presentation, there was a panel discussion on what it actually means to “Lean In” [...]

By |2018-12-18T11:01:54-06:00October 27th, 2016|Business Intelligence, Collaboration|Comments Off on ISACA Women’s Forum Recap