April 1, 2010
In most organizations today, data and other information are managed in isolated silos by independent teams using various data management tools for data quality, data integration, data governance and stewardship, metadata and master data management, B2B data exchange, content management, database administration and architecture, information lifecycle management, and so on. In response to this situation, some organizations are adopting what TDWI calls unified data management (UDM), a practice that holistically coordinates teams and integrates tools. Other common names for this practice include enterprise data management and enterprise information management. Regardless of what you call it, the “big picture” that results from bringing diverse data disciplines together yields several benefits, such as cross-system data standards, cross-tool architectures, cross-team design and development synergies, leveraging data as an organizational asset, and assuring data’s integrity and lineage as it travels across multiple organizations and technology platforms.
Sponsored By ASG, DataFlux, Informatica Corporation, SAP, Talend, Teradata Aster, Trillium Software
February 1, 2010
Stephen Swoyer kicks off this issue with a review of recent major BI developments. "2009 in Review: BI's Value Put to the Test" describes 2009 in ups and downs: the year saw more vendor winners than losers, but a down economy and consolidation still claimed others. Swoyer argues that 2009 was "tailor-made to test the very value business intelligence claims to bring to the table."
January 1, 2010
The finance department sits at the information nexus of the organization. It regularly collects financial and non-financial data from every business unit and consolidates that information into summary and detailed management reports. Finance can therefore be a powerful agent of organizational change. It can leverage the information that it collects to assist executives and line of business managers to optimize processes, achieve goals, avert problems, and make decisions.
Sponsored By Aster Data Systems, HP, IBM, Infobright, Kognitio, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase, an SAP company, Teradata Aster, Visual Mining
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.