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Tag archive for ‘Business Intelligence trends’

  • Putting data analysis into the hands of the business user

    Having too many people involved can slow down the entire analytics process- by using tools that are designed to be accessible by business users, huge gains can be made. However a challenge faced by all companies is connecting the business knowledge and data manipulation knowledge in a way that the data can be used. As […]

  • Small data in the age of Big Data

    Just a quick thought on the subject of small data. Don't hear much about that in the press these days- everything is BIG BIG BIG. But small- (and remember, small is still hundreds of thousands or millions of rows) is still critically important. I hope I'm stating the obvious here- but with some of the […]

  • Let’s admit it- centralized business intelligence alone just doesn’t work

    One version of the truth. Data warehouses. Centralized business intelligence teams. This has been the best practice for business intelligence for the last two decades. Users taking the initiative with data has been seen as the enemy of a successful business intelligence program. This needs to change. In a world of ever increasing data volumes […]

  • Spreadsheet errors- Fear, uncertainty and doubt

    I love the acronym FUD which stands for "Fear, uncertainty and doubt". What I don't love is the underhanded use of FUD to manipulate peoples behavior. Spreading FUD is not about creating something new, but destroying- destroying someones confidence in something, clouding the real issue, stopping a new or creative direction from being taken. FUD […]

  • Adding self serve data transformation to reduce shadow systems

    Do you have lots of unoffical spreadsheets in your organization being used for data analysis? Is the data warehouse use low to non-existent, yet somehow lots of data is appearing in power point presentations and excel spreadsheets all over the company? I believe a key to understanding how information moves around your organization is to […]

  • Data to the people- why self serve ETL

    As regular readers of this blog know, I believe in a balance between formal and informal data analysis tools. I believe in an approach that firmly places people in the center of a new way of looking at the data analysis process. In the past, “big business intelligence” created an infrastructure heavy, highly centralised and […]

  • Twitter and Microsoft Business Intelligence- talk about tweet share

    I'm only just starting to use twitter for Datamartist, but discovered twitter search, and did a search for Business Intelligence. Well, people are twittering a lot about Microsoft Business Intelligence if twitter sheep, a really cool cloud visualization for twitter is to be believed. This is what I got when I searched for "business intelligence". […]

  • Business Intelligence adoption low and falling

    It seems that the level of adoption of business intelligence tools as a percentage of users is much lower than typically thought. The data warehouse institute (TDWI) published a commentary on the latest business intelligence survey. This survey, published by the business application research center, reports that although your BI vendor might be telling you […]

  • Datamartist Public Beta Released

    nModal Solutions Inc. is very proud to announce the public beta release of the Datamartist tool. It is currently available for download here. I'd very much like to thank all those who have signed up at over the past months to formally take part in the Beta- and thank you in advance for everyone's […]

  • Personal Data Marts: cost effective, powerful Analysis

    Huge, expensive data warehouse projects often either deliver a huge compromise in terms of functionality, or are impossibly complex and expensive. A bunch of them fail outright. Why do so many people turn to Excel for their analysis needs? Because with excel they are in control.  With Excel it IS personal. Massive, expensive data warehouses […]