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Data Digest: Future of Excel in BI, Managing Unstructured Data, and Security's Impact on Productivity

Does Excel have a future in business intelligence, plus how to best manage unstructured data and how to keep productivity high with context-sensitive security.

Productivity Diminished by Traditional Security Procedures
(Source: Computer Weekly)

A recent Dell survey found that more than 90 percent of enterprises lost productivity due to security measures. This staggering number would be lowered if these enterprises switched to a more context-sensitive security system, according to the survey. This article reveals the most important facts and figures in the survey, including how context-sensitive security might help raise productivity.


Does Excel Have a Future in Business Intelligence?
(Source: Invest in Tech)

Excel has long been a staple of business intelligence thanks to its ubiquity and usefulness, but as more new solutions come into the market, does Excel still have a future? Twenty-seven Microsoft Excel experts weigh in on the issue and offer tips for using Excel for BI.


Managing Unstructured Data Better for Best Analytics
(Source: Datanami)

Data analysis is all-too-often performed on incomplete or skewed samples that do not offer substantial information. Each glimmer of insight is faint compared to the immense piles of data collected that are not used. The lynchpin issue that leads to this problem, as this article discusses, is poor information management.  Better governance leads to better data use and greater insight.

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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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