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Best of Business Intelligence Volume 4

TDWI's Best of Business Intelligence, Volume 4

February 1, 2007

Welcome to the fourth annual TDWI’s Best of Business Intelligence: A Year in Review. Each year we select a few of TDWI’s best, most well-received, impact-full articles, research, and information, and present them to you in this digital publication.

What's in the Best of BI? Stephen Swoyer kicks off this issue with a review of recent major BI developments. “Best in Show: 2006 in Review” takes a look back at this “year of disruption,” discussing software as a service, mainstream BI suites, and the metamorphosis of data warehousing. And he asks: Are we finally starting to see BI for the masses?

In “Ten Trends to Watch in 2007,” TDWI’s research director Wayne Eckerson takes a look into the future. A few of the hot trends we’ll see in 2007 include BI search, the morphing of ETL into the universal integration platform, and the use of dashboards to monitor and manage performance.

To represent TDWI Research, we’ve provided excerpts from two of the past year’s Best Practices Reports. “Predictive Analytics” shows you how to extend the value of your data warehousing investment, including five specific recommendations for implementing predictive analytics. “Deploying Dashboards and Scorecards” explains how performance management and business intelligence converge, along with the benefits and best practices surrounding the use of performance dashboards.

In “Four Strategies to Broaden BI Adoption,” our selection from the Business Intelligence Journal, Harriet Fryman takes a look at why only 18 percent of potential BI users actively use BI tools, and provides four comprehensive strategies to help organizations drive broader information use. This volume’s Ten Mistakes to Avoid will help you to create a BI center of excellence while avoiding some common pitfalls. And thanks to columns from TDWI’s three e-newsletters, you’ll learn about the impact of open source on DW and BI; experience the nightmares of BI pricing (and learn how to move from the nightmare to reality); find out how to put the business back into BI; and take another look at the brave new world of BI as it goes mainstream.

TDWI is committed to providing industry professionals with information that is educational, enlightening, and immediately applicable. Enjoy, and we look forward to your feedback on TDWI's Best of Business Intelligence, Volume 4.

TDWI’s Best of Business Intelligence is sponsored by the following vendors:


Actuate introduces the Collaborative Reporting Architecture, which harnesses the power of the Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) Open Source project. Read more by clicking here.

Baseline Consulting

Baseline Consulting, a management and technology consulting firm, specializes in data integration and business analytic services to help companies enhance the value of their enterprise data.

Business Objects

Answer critical questions and share insight you can trust with business intelligence, enterprise performance management (EPM), and enterprise information management (EIM) solutions from Business Objects. Click here for more information.

DataFlux Corporation, a SAS Company

DataFlux offers complete, end-to-end data management solutions for organizations that want to realize more tangible, immediate value from their information assets.

Hyperion Solutions Corporation

See how leading IT departments are getting a smarter, more strategic approach to enterprise BI and analytics. To learn more, visit the Hyperion Smart BI site.


Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Find out more about MicroStrategy’s Dynamic Enterprise Dashboards here.

Syncsort Incorporated

Syncsort Inc. is a leading developer of high-performance data management software with a reputation for over 35 years of superior product performance and technical support.

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