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Letter from the Editorial Director

This new edition of What Works in Emerging Technologies offers a fresh, topically focused collection of customer success stories and expert perspectives. We’re proud to offer this resource to enhance your understanding of the tools and methods that are central to today’s emerging technologies in data integration, data warehousing, and business intelligence (BI). We’ve arranged these case studies and lessons from the experts into specific categories to guide you through the articles: analytics databases, collaborative/agile/lean data integration, columnar databases, data governance, data warehousing appliances, mobile business intelligence, real-time data integration, software-as-a-service, and unified data integration platforms.

Here’s what you will find inside:


What Works case studies are meant to present snapshots of the most innovative BI and DW implementations in the industry today. The case studies included in this volume demonstrate the power of emerging technologies and solutions for industries ranging from entertainment to real estate.


Included in this issue of What Works are articles from leading experts in the services, software, and hardware vendor communities. These lessons provide perspectives about best practices for today’s emerging technologies.


In “Five Emerging Trends in Business Intelligence and Analytics,” David Stodder, TDWI Research director for business intelligence, explores five major trends that are driving the implementation of emerging technologies for BI and analytics. Four of these trends focus on changes wrought by user demands for more self-service capabilities and access to a broader selection of information sources; the fifth considers the end game of BI and analytics.


There’s more from TDWI Research. What Works includes excerpts from TDWI’s recent Best Practices Reports: Visual Reporting and Analysis by Wayne Eckerson and Mark Hammond, and Self-Service Business Intelligence by Claudia Imhoff and Colin White.

We hope you enjoy this collection of case studies, best practices, and expert insight focused on emerging trends and technologies. We look forward to your comments. If there is anything we can do to make this publication more valuable to you, please let us know. And please join me in thanking the companies that have shared their stories and successes, their technology insights, and the lessons they have learned.

Denelle Hanlon
Editorial Director, What Works in Emerging Technologies

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

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