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The Meta-Data Fiasco

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by Michael Brackett The terms meta-data and metadata have been used, misused, and abused to the point that the real meaning is unclear and may be unknown.[i]  These terms are an excellent example of the huge lexical challenge that data resource management faces today.  The confusion about a concept as important as understanding the meaning…

Data and Information Architecture, Part Two: Whichever You Do, Do It With Care

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by Clark Humphrey The first article in this series discussed the terms “Data Architecture” and “Information Architecture,” and how one might differentiate them. In this distinction, “data” can be defined as the numbers/names/statistics of a business; while “information” can be defined as either: Business documents and correspondence outside the realm of structured data. The larger…

Implementing Self-Service Business Intelligence

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by Jelani Harper Self-Service Business Intelligence (SSBI) puts the power of analytics in the hands of end users to create their own reports and analysis of the data sets they want, on an as needed basis. The goal is to utilize Data Discovery and other BI tools to reduce IT’s involvement and expedite information to…

The Data – Information – Knowledge Cycle

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by Michael Brackett Data management is a very lexically challenged discipline. A major part of that lexical challenge is the terms data, information, and knowledge. These three terms are often misused, abused, and used interchangeably to the point that their real meaning is often unclear. These three terms must be formally defined and consistently used…

Certified Business Intelligence Professionals

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by Jelani Harper As data-driven processes continue to impact organizations across many industries, Business Intelligence (BI) tools are becoming more important in areas of business and operations. Despite the growing trend towards self-service BI tools (or perhaps because of it), formal education in this field is becoming more accessible. In addition to collegiate programs resulting…

Deconstructing Big Data Governance

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by Jelani Harper There are several governance concerns for incorporating Big Data into business, strategic, and operational decisions. Many of these issues relate to the characteristics of Big Data (high volumes, rapid ingestion, and available source diversity) which can enhance the decision-making process. Contemporary emphases on real-time analysis and predictive analytics attest to this fact.…

Advice to Aspiring Data Scientists from PROS Inc.’s Neil Biehn

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by Stephanie Faris The Harvard Business Review labeled Data Science “The sexiest job of the 21st century,” catching the interest of everyone from high school students to technology veterans. But not everyone is suited to the field of data science, which requires a combination of talents that include mathematics, communication, creativity, and a thirst for…

Business Intelligence Software

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by Jelani Harper The increasing adoption rates of Big Data and data-driven processes are causing the reliance on Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software to grow. The escalating deployment of these tools is partly responsible for the movement towards the simplification of BI, which is increasingly shifting this technology from the backrooms of IT departments…

Successful Metadata Management

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by Jelani Harper Effective Metadata Management has increasingly come to include enterprise-wide integration. A report from Gartner states, “To create greater value, you must move from managing metadata in silos to a more integrated, enterprise wide approach.” Providing a point of commonality in the terms, definitions and rules that an organization’s metadata is based on…