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Best of TDWI's Data Digest

Online articles of interest in the last week include a focus on IT's ETL burden, artificial intuition, worry-free endpoint data migration, and benefits of data visualization.

ETL: The Hidden Burden within IT
(Source: Inside Big Data)

A problem that does not get any headlines -- but is more damaging than almost all other issues -- is the ETL process. As the sheer amount of data continues to increase, the bigger the ETL problem gets as data preparation takes longer and longer. This article explores the looming issue and offers solutions.

A Brave New World of Artificial Intuition
(Source: Financial Times)

Data is getting cheaper by the second, and accumulation of huge amounts of data has led to the rise of artificial intuition. In turn, artificial intelligence is sending the human race into a future that has many opportunities and many fears. This article looks at the potential future of humankind.

Making Endpoint Data Migration Worry-Free
(Source: Information Age)

Far too much crucial enterprise data is being stored on endpoint devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) rather than on the central data center. Making sure that data gets migrated over to the data center is getting harder as the amount of data increases. This article offers best practices for making the proper climate for data migration.

Make Understanding Data Easier with Data Visualizations
(Source: Linked In/Pulse)

These days, the culture of multitasking and efficiency is harming our ability to make quick, smart decisions. Human brains struggle to deal with more than seven pieces of information at once and cannot multitask. This is why effective data visualization is crucial to help people make informed decisions, as long as they are as well-made as this article discusses.

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

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