BI is for the birds

BI is for the Birds

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 …

One size fits all

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Confused about EDW, DW, Data Lakes, Hadoop, HTAP, Hive, LLAP, Spark SQL… (…you can complete the list ! )? Are you wondering … To ETL or not, to ELT or not, or to do no ETL/ELT at all? A plethora of terminologies, acronyms and technologies are currently in the mix.  For the un-inaugurated and the professionals alike it has become …

Good Better Bad

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Some data warehouse projects might be Good. You might even find a few that is Better. Unfortunately “Bad” is often associated with Data Warehousing because Business Users still struggle to obtain accurate information in the format they desire within the required timeframes it is needed, despite having access to their Data Warehouse. This may be due to ill-defined or miss-interpreted …

Make way for the agile single customer view

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Say goodbye to the old ways of master data management and embrace the future. Are you one of the thousands that implemented MDM, only to find it too rigid, inflexible and ultimately failing to meet business expectations? Reboot your thinking, apply Graph and uncover the relationships between people, places and things. Join our webcast to learn about a new approach …