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Monthly Archives: October 2010

10/27
2010

Q & A With Howard Dresner on Mobile BI

5010 36205 Dresner Howard 909 150x150 Q & A With Howard Dresner on Mobile BIAn analyst specializing in business intelligence and performance-based management, Howard Dresner has studied and consulted in these disciplines for two decades.  He worked for 13 years at Gartner and, in 2007, formed his own firm.  He has written two books including 2009’s “Profiles in Performance: Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change.” Earlier this week he recorded his Mobile BI webinar which is now on DVD.

Q:  So is Business Intelligence (BI) getting organizations and remote workers singing in harmony from the same songbook?

A:  You can’t control your data anymore. And you can’t have finance coming in with one set of numbers, operations, sales or marketing with a different set and putting people into a defensive position discussing the numbers. I wrote a case study about the Cleveland Clinic, where the CEO is not just a practicing doctor but also a visionary leader. Medical operations and finance at the Cleveland Clinic said they had to work together and get metrics to change behavior and ‘fight back’ against other departments. BI can show performance levels, protect budgets and change how people are perceived by top leaders.

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10/27
2010

Business Intelligence — The Evolution of a Species

bi evolution2 150x150 Business Intelligence    The Evolution of a Species Traditional business intelligence has been focused on knowledge creation. If it were a species, you might envision it feeding on raw data, digesting that raw data into information and then information into knowledge, and producing beautiful blooms in the form of visual representations of that knowledge. We use the visualizations and the knowledge itself to help us understand the past and the present, and to make decisions about the future.

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10/26
2010

Why Data Governance Agreement Matters to Data Analytics

j04051381 150x150 Why Data Governance Agreement Matters to Data AnalyticsYet another report on the clash between the business and IT side of the house came out last week in the survey released by the Compliance, Governance and Oversight Council (CGOC) on data retention and disposal. According to Information Management’s article on the survey, less than 25 percent of large corporations (Global 1000) can fully complete their data retention and disposal objectives.

The survey points to the age-old problem that different departments have different requirements for how they deal with data. Most often, the survey participants blamed old systems and lack of corporate support for a single method of governing data.

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10/25
2010

How Data Analytics Will Solve Our Biggest Problems

j04075531 150x150 How Data Analytics Will Solve Our Biggest ProblemsResearchers are close to testing a vaccine for HIV that was developed based on data analytics. A hospital was able to predict which patients recovering from congestive heart failure might be readmitted, monitor them (a $500 cost), and prevent another hospital stay (a $15,000 cost). Another healthcare provider discovered $10 Million in underpayments within the first six months of using data analytical tools. From saving money to saving lives, the next scientific revolution will occur through data analytics, according to “The Big Idea” feature in the November Harvard Business Review.

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10/21
2010

Visualization the Key to Grown Up Business Intelligence

3766407 c5e967d66c 300x225 Visualization the Key to Grown Up Business IntelligenceIn a recent “sticky dots” poll at the Business Intelligence Executive Summit hosted by TDWI, data visualization was a technology that stuck out in the top three “must-have” technologies over the next three years.

Wayne Eckerson polled his colleagues before writing a blog post on the results of this “sticky dots” poll on why visualization was so hot. In his post he writes, “Some suggested that the growing visibility of visual analysis upstarts such as QlikTech, Tableau, and Tibco Spotfire, may account for the increased interest in visualization. These same tools are also being given a boost by hype around “in-memory processing” which delivers speed-of-thought analysis.”

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10/20
2010

7 Hot Trends in Business Intelligence

MarcusBorba 7 Hot Trends in Business IntelligenceThis is a guest blog post by Marcus Borba (@marcusborba), the founder of Borba Consulting, a Business Intelligence and Performance Management consultancy located in Brazil. Marcus  has over 10 years of experience providing consulting services to designing and implementing business intelligence and performance management solutions. He also writes a blog called Business Intelligence News.

The Business Intelligence landscape has changed drastically over the past few years, with news concepts, approaches and tools. Here’s a high-level map of today’s hottest spots:

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10/18
2010

How Analytics Can Improve Collaboration Behavior

Larry Hawes How Analytics Can Improve Collaboration BehaviorThis is a guest blog post by Larry Hawes (@lehawes), Principal of Dow Brook Advisory Services and Lead Analyst, Collaboration & Enterprise Social Software at Gilbane Group. Larry’s research and consulting work is focused on collaboration and knowledge management practices enabled by enterprise social, unified communication and collaboration, enterprise portal, document and content management, business process management, and learning technologies.

Enterprises deploy collaboration and social software to allow employees to more effectively address business problems and identify business opportunities.  This software helps users find content from which they can learn and locate other people with whom they can collaborate. Success will depend on how well the application enables users to find what they are seeking, so application designers and administrators must understand which user experiences create successful outcomes–and which lead to failure.

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10/15
2010

How Data Analysts and BI Professionals Use LinkedIn

119953 matte grey square icon social media logos linkedin logo 150x150 How Data Analysts and BI Professionals Use LinkedInDue to the popularity of our post on how data analysts use Twitter, we thought we’d expand to another popular social network – LinkedIn – and give a report on how this resource is used by industry professionals. LinkedIn is a prolific resource for information on the topics of BI and data analytics. Its resources span five major categories – groups, answers, people, companies and events.

Groups

BI and data analytics groups are the most popular resource inside LinkedIn’s professional social network. When you type in the Group search term Business Intelligence, you receive 1,411 results. The top three groups are Business Intelligence Professionals (45,925 members), Supply Chain Today: Latest News & Trends, Delete Spam, Technology Innovation, Search Executive Jobs (33,403 members) and Business Intelligence Group (28,012 members).

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10/13
2010

How Data Analytics Can Help Make Staffing Decisions

j04434642 150x150 How Data Analytics Can Help Make Staffing DecisionsBusiness intelligence helps us make decisions about how to attract and retain the best customers, and how to create happy customers who are loyal to us and give us the greatest share of their wallet. From basic demographic data on customers to behavioral data about what they do and say, data analytics is used to predict future behavior. All of this helps us make decisions that have measurable, positive impact on our business results.

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10/12
2010

Five Ways to Build a Data-Driven Resume and Cover Letter

j04464643 150x150 Five Ways to Build a Data Driven Resume and Cover Letter According to a survey of 2,500 human resource managers conducted by CareerBuilder, 48 percent review 25 resumes for each open position. Additionally, 79 percent of human resource managers surveyed said they pay more attention to resumes that are tailored to their open positions.

How can job seekers tailor their resumes with the data HR managers are seeking? By presenting the positives of their experience in a real-time data visualization for HR managers, candidates can put themselves ahead of the crowd. Promotion seekers can also benefit from preparing such a visualization to prove their experience and readiness for a step up.

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