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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…

Data Management in a Training Organization

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by Dwayne Phillips Enterprises of all sizes and shapes have their own training departments. If a formal training department doesn’t exist, it is often easy to find an informal one. Training and creating the data that comprise training consumes resources and if the data is not properly managed, the results are a waste of time…

Selling Big Data as a Service: 5 Industries Big Data Will Improve

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by Stephanie Faris Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are more popular than ever, a report from Siemer and Associates estimates that SaaS providers will experience a 17% growth worldwide this year, even as other segments of the software industry have slowed. Companies are increasingly turning to the Cloud for technology services, saving money while receiving levels of…