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Best of TDWI’s Data Digest

Online articles of interest in the last week include a focus on big data project best practices, best design methods for effective BI, how to mitigate data breaches, and the value of multi-model databases.

Data is an Unreliable Narrator
(Source: Information Age)

Seeking and producing a narrative from data is a form of analysis called storytelling. However, this method of analysis cannot be completely reliable if the narrative only provides one viewpoint. The best data analysis comes from looking at the data from all angles.

How to Make a Successful Big Data Project
(Source: CIO)

Caesars Entertainment, the huge gambling enterprise in Las Vegas, built its own big data analytics engine and turned it into a major success.

The Best Design Method for Effective BI
(Source: Information Age)

Making the best decisions requires the best data, yet it can be difficult to get the best data to every team that needs it. It turns out that the most effective way to spread BI efficiently requires a “parent and child” method which this article explains in depth.

Mitigating Data Breaches
(Source: Computer World)

This article outlines effective ways to keep your data safe with tools used specifically for data security. It recommends your enterprise focus on reducing the damage of a breach rather than focusing completely on preventing it. No enterprise is 100% invulnerable to attack, so it is best to protect all you can if (or when) an attack comes.

The Power of Multi-Model Databases in Data Modeling
(Source: O’Reilly Radar)

Data modeling is an important part of analysis, but there are problems with the traditional ways of doing it. For example, having to use multiple databases for the same project can be a headache. The multi-model database solves that problem and many others. This article explores the use and function of multi-model databases.

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

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