BI is so Boring

Susan Andre News, Articles

Ever passed through Boring, Dull or Bland? You will be excused if terms like boring, dull and bland remind you of experiences related to Business Intelligence maintenance. Read about Boring (Oregon USA), Dull  (Highlands of Scotland) and Bland (Australia) Once the novelty of shiny new software wears off and the realization sets in that the same old mistakes have been …

Rumble in the BI Jungle (Part 2)

Susan Andre News, Articles

From the previous article Bungle in the Jungle (Part 1): Well executed Business Intelligent programs calls for agility in the BI jungle. Unwieldy swinging in the BI-jungle leads to a serious Rumble in the BI jungle.  Comparing a world renowned boxing match with recent Business Intelligence tactics should evoke a sense of fighting spirit for some.  A “rope-a-dope” BI strategy …

Bungle in the BI Jungle (Part 1)

Susan Andre News, Articles

Approaching the Business Intelligence Jungle might leave you quivering with trepidation.  Rebellion against traditional approaches is increasing, amidst still ongoing attempts and confusion to get a handle on the traditional way of building effective BI systems. Understandably a sensation of being at a BI slumber party mounts because most of the un-inaugurated players are lulled into ignoring valuable lessons learned …

BI is for the birds

BI is for the Birds

Susan Andre News, Articles, Uncategorised

Who is still interested in doing Business Intelligence – only the birds?  Can’t we just simply pour all our business data into one server and let business users loose to explore?  We have tried this approach in the past. Perhaps we can try again.  Although be aware of Bird Imbecile systems! Listen to the song:  For the Birds (Business Intelligence …

Unpacking Untruths about Modern Data Warehousing

Susan Andre News, Articles

What is on the wish list of most Business information users? They are yearning for new analytical solutions that: Support multiple reporting tools in a self-service mode that is easy to use Allow rapid ingestion of all kinds of new data files without consulting IT Do not need extensive modeling Scale large data volumes while delivering performance Support advanced analytics …

Beating Business Intelligence Blues

Beating Business Intelligence Blues

Susan Andre News, Articles

Melancholy and having a bout of BI Blues is often a side effect of business users who need to interact with their data but finding it difficult, for a variety of reasons, leading to frustration over not being able to achieve their information related goals. Blues is a music genre that probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue …

Business Intelligence Gatekeepers

Susan Andre News, News Releases, 2018

Gatekeeper (noun): an attendant employed to control who goes through a gate / BI Gatekeeper: Individual deciding what information to include and make available. The creation of a central base of information for decision making and analytical purposes is all too often being stalled due to a lack of understanding of the processes involved for delivering valuable information. Individuals and …

How should I store my data?

Susan Andre News, 2018

Today companies have to capture, organise, access and store an overwhelming amount of data. Even organisations whose products and services are not based in the digital arena need to properly store information. “There are many systems that enable users to effectively manage crucial data, but selecting the right one is not always easy.“ Alicornio Africa, specialists in data warehousing and …

Catalogue Calamity

Susan Andre News, 2018

Imagine walking into a library intending to borrow a specific book or books on a specific topic. Where will you start? Probably by consulting the Library Catalogue that contains an inventory of all books. This inventory is prepared based on specific rules to ensure that each individual item can be found. The most obvious and useful sort sequence will include …

Five steps to a smarter data strategy

Susan Andre News, News Releases, 2018

Centralizing your data management strategy is a crucial component to growth, efficiency, and cost Centralizing your data management strategy and achieving a single customer view are crucial components to growth, efficiency and cost control, Here’s how to approach the process 1.      Make your case 2.      Identify benefits 3.      Uncover data sources and needs 4.      Set data standards 5.      Start building …