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Data Digest: Shadow BI, the Future of Data Streaming and Storage, and Keeping Your Datacenter Flexible

Shadow BI applications can be useful and compliant. Plus, how data streams and data storage are changing in a big data world and keep your data responsive to today's challenges.

Bringing Shadow BI into the Light
(Source: Information Age)

Shadow BI -- BI applications made and overlooked by non-BI or IT professionals because their response to business needs is too slow -- may be as simple as user-developed Excel spreadsheets. Such ingenuity might be applauded at first, but shadow BI comes with some serious issues in the long run. This article suggests the best ways to make such applications useful and compliant.


Data Streams: The New Lifeblood of Your Enterprise
(Source: InfoWorld)

The most cost-efficient data storage is one that requires no storage after analytics. A system that can analyze data as soon as it comes in and then retain only the analysis rather than the data itself would be incredibly efficient. This article provides an overview of how the future of data storage is heading in that direction.


Keeping Pace with the Flexible Datacenter
(Source: Datamation)

Making sure your IT infrastructure can keep up with the pace of innovation is extremely difficult since old datacenters can become obsolete quickly if they are not flexible. This article gives a primer on the importance of and key characteristics of a flexible datacenter. 

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Quint Turner is an editorial intern at TDWI and an undergraduate English student at Skidmore College. Follow his blog at     

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