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TDWI Checklist Report: Seven Steps to Making Big Data Accessible to Executives

TDWI Checklist Report // Seven Steps to Making Big Data Accessible to Executives

March 27, 2013


For decades, executives have complained that they’re drowning in data, yet lack focused insights. If executives don’t want to get lost in the sea of information, they need BI platforms that leverage big data in order to gain focused insights.

On the one hand, many executives today have relatively good technical skills when given the right tools for business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). This growing class of executives wants to do a certain amount of data exploration, sandbox development, data visualization, and other self-service BI tasks (as described later in this report). On the other hand, the majority of executives still depend on technical personnel, who must package and present big data and findings drawn from it in forms that executives are accustomed to.

In both cases, organizations need a simpler, more cost-effective approach to exploring big data and turning its raw information into business insights that are easily consumed by executive users—and nothing is more critical to that end than the executive dashboard.

This TDWI Checklist Report describes a BI environment and its attendant best practices that can greatly simplify executives’ access to big data and enhance their consumption of insights and metrics that come out of big data and similar data sets. The sections of this report list and discuss the highest priorities for such an environment and the successful solutions built atop it.

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