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TDWI Executive Summit Preview: Pervasive BI

Boris Evelson will discuss Pervasive BI at TDWI's Executive Summit in San Diego in August, 2009. He spoke with Wayne Eckerson about key issues ahead of this presentation.

Boris Evelson, Forrester Research Principal Analyst, will present his perspective on pervasive BI at the TDWI's Executive Summit in San Diego. In this recording, he talks with Director of TDWI Research Wayne Eckerson about pervasive BI and the role technology plays, examines how "pervasive" pervasive BI actually is, and discusses the state of available tools.

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TDWI Audio Report: New Terminology Clarifies What BI’s All About

Has the term BI outlived its usefulness? Claudia Imhoff and Colin White have two suggestions for terms that are more descriptive of today’s business intelligence.

The term "business intelligence" has become confused with data analytics and data warehousing, say Claudia Imhoff and Colin White. In this audio program, they suggest two new terms to include other types of analytics: "decision intelligence" and "decision framework."

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TDWI Keynote Preview: The Future of BI

Claudia Imhoff and Colin White preview their keynote presentation at TDWI's World Conference in Las Vegas.

Where is BI headed? What is decision intelligence and what does it have to do with BI? These and other questions will be answered by Claudia Imhoff and Colin White at their keynote presentation at TDWI’s World Conference in Las Vegas. They sat down with us to preview their ideas and predictions.

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TDWI Keynote Preview: Creating a Metrics-Driven Organization

A preview from keynote presenter David Hsiao that focuses on metrics, including selecting the right key performance indicators.

David Hsiao is the opening keynote presenter at TDWI’s World Conference in Las Vegas. David will discuss “Creating a Metrics-Driven Organization.” In this audio preview, David discusses the types of metrics BI professionals should pay attention to and how you can define the right key performance indicators.

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TDWI Audio Report: Data Warehouse Appliances Drawing Interest

A data warehouse appliance integrates software and hardware into a single solution from one vendor. The costs and complexities of integrating systems are making appliances increasingly attractive. According to John Santaferraro, marketing manager for HP’s BI portfolio, industry analysts now recommend customers consider a data warehouse appliance. In this interview, Santaferraro discusses what’s behind that advice and offers tips on selecting an appliance.

The popularity of data warehouse appliances is growing as systems increase in complexity, but we’ve barely seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for data warehouse appliances, according to John Santaferraro, marketing manager for HP’s BI portfolio. Santaferraro discusses the growing popularity of appliances and offers stresses the importance of considering hidden costs when calculating total cost of ownership.

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TDWI Audio Report: Enabling Real-time Data Quality Management

As companies move toward more real-time operations, customers, suppliers, and employees are increasingly demanding real-time data.

As businesses move into real-time customer-facing applications, business decisions need to be made more and more quickly. As data demands grow, real-time data quality management addresses that need.

Marty Moseley of Initiate Systems discusses issues and challenges around real-time data quality management as well as how and why service-oriented architecture is a good fit with data quality management initiatives.

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TDWI Audio Report: Dashboard Design for Usability

Dashboards have become favored executive BI tools because they can present a concise, graphical view of underlying data. Done correctly, dashboards can free technical resources and help move IT out of the reporting business, says Siggi Plommer, president of iQ4bis Software. That can offer a solid return on investment. But perhaps the biggest challenge with dashboards, Plommer says, is ensuring that they are flexible enough to accommodate changing needs, and that they draw on good, solid data on the back end.

TDWI Audio Report: Dashboard Design for UsabilityToo often, dashboards seemed to be designed with information overload in mind. That doesn't help the executives who are still the main users of dashboards today, points out Siggi Plommer, president of iQ4bis Software. Instead, he recommends just three to four components per dashboard – enough to give executives a "helicopter view" of the business, along with the ability to dive into hot spots. In this interview, Plommer discusses that and other recommendations around selecting and implementing dashboards.Perhaps the biggest challenges with dashboards, Plommer points out, are these: How to ensure that they are flexible enough to accommodate changing needs, while making sure they draw on good, solid data on the back end.

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