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Your data warehouse is only as good as the data you load into it. But the data-loading process can be tricky, and there are ample opportunities to really mess it up if you don't have the right experience. Here are... Continue reading
In this book excerpt published on, I write about why taking a siloed approach to creating a BI architecture framework leads to problems. The excerpt is from chapter 4 of my book Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data Integration to... Continue reading
In this article I wrote for, I explain how before selecting a BI analytics tool, you should create BI use cases and then match those requirements with BI analytics tool categories and styles. Which BI analytics tool does my... Continue reading
In this article I wrote for, I discuss how business intelligence analytics tools can leverage data and convert it to actionable information that can benefit organizations. Understanding BI analytics tools and their benefits Enterprises are awash in data about... Continue reading
In this article that I wrote for, I discuss the fact that as relational database management systems handle more and more data, a strategic approach to data modeling has become vital. Relational database design tips to boost performance Despite... Continue reading
The Boston-based TDWI chapter is excited to present Mark Madsen, a thought-after speaker on all things BI, as our headline speaker for the September TDWI Boston meeting. Additionally, our own TDWI Boston chapter president Jens Meyer is presenting. When: Tuesday,... Continue reading
I was recently interviewed by to discuss how data virtualization technology is moving into the strategic realm for CIOs, why this is happening, and the problems it's solving for companies. Data virtualization tools move into strategic IT realm Data... Continue reading
Please join me -- I'll be speaking at this webinar on Thursday June 25, 4:00 ET. Details: Hot Technologies with Dr. Robin Bloor, Rick Sherman and Snowflake Computing Live Webcast -- WebEx Code 8520 Enterprise software tends to advance in... Continue reading
I'm speaking at Data Summit 2015 on Tuesday May 12 in New York. If you're attending, please come to my session and say hello! B102: Creating a Data Architecture for Business Intelligence and Analytics 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. The... Continue reading
The New York Times article “Learning to See Data ” discusses novel ways of gleaning valuable insights from the deluge of data by presenting it visually. One of the ways involves working with an artist named Daniel Kohn. “Advanced computing... Continue reading
note: don't miss the link below to download a chapter of the BI Guidebook - From Data Integration to Analytics on Reed Elsivier's SciTech Connect blog. Data is everywhere in the enterprise, from large legacy systems to departmental databases and... Continue reading
I'm a professor in my "spare" time, so I know how hard it is to find the time to create course materials. We have several resources available for professors and instructors at accredited colleges and universities who are using the... Continue reading
A new interview with me on TechTarget: As organizations increasingly look to use data analytics to help drive their business operations, accelerate decision making and improve their ability to respond to changing conditions, operational business intelligence tools and techniques have... Continue reading
The other TDWI Boston chapter officers and I hope you will be able to carve out some time and attend one or more of our chapter meetings. To help you with your planning we have been able to lock in... Continue reading
This is the second in the series of posts on best business value. 2) Storyboarding becomes best practice for BI design Typically BI applications are designed and built on a piecemeal basis. Either an IT person gathers the requirements for... Continue reading
As mentioned in my post BI & Analytic Trends of 2015 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, while the hyped industry trends get all the attention, there are many lesser-known trends that are have a significant impact on... Continue reading
It’s the time of year when analysts, consultants, vendors and industry pundits publish their predictions on the trends that they feel will have significant impact on the industry in the New Year. Although it’s always interesting to read what trends... Continue reading
I 've written several times to Santa while I have been working in the BI industry. Previously from a BI director’s, DW manager’s and enterprise data modeler’s perspectives. I’d like to say Santa answered some of these requests but those... Continue reading
Join me for a DM Radio broadcast: Exaggerated Rumors? Will We Finally Put ETL to REST? When: December 11, 2014, 03:00PM ET Register The pervasive practice of Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) will almost assuredly never go away. However, a several corporate computing... Continue reading
Reposted from SearchDataManagement. View the video. What constitutes big data is often a matter of individual choice. Different people have different ideas about what it is -- and what it isn't. And the lack of a common big data definition... Continue reading
Data governance is not always a necessary evil. In a lot of cases a well designed data governance program can provide critical support in the area of risk management and regulations. Learn how State Street uses data governance best practices... Continue reading
“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
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
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