December 28, 2009
Forward-thinking finance departments have figured out how to transform themselves from back-office bookkeepers to strategic advisors by partnering with the business intelligence (BI) team.
October 1, 2009
If you’re a data warehouse professional—or you work closely with one—you’ve probably noticed the many new options for data warehouse platforms that have appeared this decade. We’ve seen the emergence of new categories of data warehouse (DW) platforms, such as data warehouse appliances and software appliances. A new interest in columnar databases has led to several new vendor products and renewed interest in older ones. Open source Linux is now common in data warehousing, and open source databases, data integration tools, and reporting platforms have come out of nowhere to establish a firm foothold. In the hardware realm, 64-bit computinghas enabled larger in-memory data caches, and more vendors now offer MPP architectures. Leading database vendors have added more features and products conducive to data warehousing.
Sponsored By Aster Data Systems, HP, IBM, Infobright, Kognitio, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, an SAP company, Teradata Aster
July 1, 2009
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines analytics as “the science of analysis,” and analysis as “the tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles.” From a business perspective, these definitions imply that analytics is about understanding the root causes of business events and conditions. The upshot, of course, is that business people, armed with insights, will make the right decisions and take the appropriate actions to further their organizations’ tactical and strategic goals.
Sponsored By Advizor Solutions, MicroStrategy, Oracle, SAP, SAS, Tableau Software, Teradata Aster, Tibco Spotfire
June 15, 2009
This is a list of the winners of TDWI's Best Practices Awards 2009 program, which is designed to identify and honor companies that have demonstrated excellence in developing, deploying, and maintaining business intelligence and data warehousing applications. These winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges who have expertise in BI and DW. Companies and sponsoring solution providers from many diverse industries submitted entries to be judged in a variety of categories.
June 1, 2009
In tough economic times, enterprises are tempted to cut costs wherever possible. There’s a greater push to spend money only on those items that can provide a rapid and clear return on investment. “What’s the benefit?” is a familiar refrain in budget meetings these days, and identifying (and advocating for) BI’s benefits is the focus of several articles in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
April 1, 2009
The amount and diversity of work done by data integration specialists has exploded since the turn of the twenty-first century. A lot of the growth comes from the emerging practice of operational data integration, which is usually applied to the migration, consolidation, or synchronization of operational databases, plus business-to-business data exchange.
Sponsored By DataFlux, Expressor Software, GoldenGate Software, IBM, Informatica Corporation, SAP, Silver Creek Systems, Sybase, an SAP company, Talend
March 23, 2009
While having a strong network helps you land an interview at a prospective employer, it’s your skill set that will keep you there and help you advance. Skills are the focus of two articles in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.