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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season... Continue reading
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Hadoop is big with big data vendors -- and some users, particularly Internet companies looking to collect and store large amounts of Web data. But in a video interview recorded at the 2014 TDWI BI Executive Summit in Boston, consultant... Continue reading
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DM Radio, Thursday August 21 3:00 EST When business pros can't get the functionality they really want from IT, they often go rogue. That's where shadow systems come from. Shadow systems are generally considered taboo within large enterprises, but the... Continue reading
What are some common mistakes that business intelligence managers and architects make when planning and designing a business intelligence system? BI managers and architects generally do a very good job at the technical aspects of deployments, putting much energy into... Continue reading
Introducing analytics in established companies can feel like the work of Sisyphus. Come to the TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on July 22 and learn how to engage the IT department and the business in analytics initiatives. Also hear about best... Continue reading
Most of us come from a background of building or using traditional data warehousing and deploying mainstream BI reporting tools. We are hearing more and more about Big Data, data visualization, the semantic web, unstructured data and advanced analytics. Come... Continue reading
Enterprises today are faced with a flood of data that they could never have imagined a decade ago. Yesterday’s CIO thought cell phones were just for making phone calls. Today’s CIO knows they are powerful hand-held computers that generate massive... Continue reading
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CIOs are expressing a concern about shadow IT in the “2014 State of the CIO Survey,” CIO Magazine, January 2014. Approximately half feel it is a constant problem and 40% believe it is on the increase. Data shadow systems have... Continue reading
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 4 ET The Briefing Room with Rick Sherman and MarkLogic Live Webcast -- WebEx Code 8520 The increasing proliferation of data types and sources poses a serious challenge for analytics and discovery. And now, with... Continue reading
Big data analytics projects are at the top of the IT priority list for many organizations looking to wring business benefits out of all the data -- structured, unstructured and semi-structured -- flowing into their systems. But with any initiative... Continue reading
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From Descriptive to Prescriptive: Evolving Your BI Strategy watch the archived episode Business intelligence has traditionally focused on the past: What brought us to this point? But in recent years, enterprises have increasingly turned to BI to determine where and... Continue reading
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I'll be part of a DM Radio broadcast Thursday March 6, 3PM EST Program Description: Keep It Real: Why Spreadmart Awareness Pays Dividends The most pervasive tool for business intelligence remains Microsoft Excel, despite a world of innovation in BI... Continue reading
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Here's some good news for Economics majors. According to today's Wall Street Journal: In-House Economists are Hot Again One of the reasons they are hot again is thanks to big data. Firms are faced with a flood of data, which... Continue reading
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This post is part of a series on trends that highlight the two worlds of BI: the world where, according to industry pundits and vendors, enlightened companies have achieved BI nirvana, versus the real world, where business and IT folks... Continue reading
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This post is part of a series on trends that may have been around for years without many enterprises successfully implementing them, or they might be emerging trends. Either way, they are what enterprises should do if they want to... Continue reading
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This is an interesting time of year because there are many articles predicting the business intelligence (BI) trends for the New Year. Analysts from the top industry research firms, consultants, writers and other industry pundits proclaim what they think the... Continue reading
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Predictive analytics and data visualization are data-hungry processes. An enterprise data warehouse is often a critical part of the data backbone that these processes crave. IT’s data integration, data cleansing, master data management (MDM) and data governance feed these processes... Continue reading
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Once an enterprise gets beyond the hype and sets out to implement predictive analytics, success will depend on how they approach it. As with anything new, our approach is generally shaped by past experiences. For predictive analytics, our past experiences... Continue reading
We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on October 3, 2013. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which... Continue reading
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With the growing adoption of cloud-based applications, it's natural that cloud databases would follow. Not that long ago, cloud-based database offerings were very limited -- so much so that organizations really didn't have a compelling reason to embrace them, other... Continue reading
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As I discussed in The Road to Self-Service BI, enterprises need a better understanding of self-service BI so they can avoid the common mistakes often made with it. Customers come in all shapes and sizes In almost every industry, marketing... Continue reading
If your enterprise is considering Hadoop to help handle your big data workload, you’re in good company. Many organizations are exploring the use of this software to manage large amounts of data and more complex queries. Hadoop has grown in... Continue reading
Hot Technologies of 2013 with Robin Bloor, Rick Sherman and IBM June 19, 4:00 EST The promise of Hadoop can be seen in all kinds of ways -- the proliferation of open source projects; the virtually limitless applications of Big... Continue reading
DM Radio Thursday June 6, 3:00 PM EST We've all heard the selling points of cloud computing: low initial cost, ease of deployment, lack of maintenance concerns. But what about the downsides? In the long run, the costs can start... Continue reading
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When an enterprise selects a BI solution, it should be able to get the combinations of BI functionality that best meets the varied needs of different. Getting exactly what you want is a principle that was most deliciously embodied by... Continue reading