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Best of TDWI’s Data Digest

Interesting articles we found on the Web focus on BI misconceptions, big data disillusionment, securing mobile devices, working with data scientists, and outsourcing IT.

Debunking Misconceptions about BI
(Source: Information Age)

Traditionally, BI has been seen as a form of witchcraft that precious few people can understand. Myths about the practice that persist today are what keep most enterprises from trying to practice BI themselves. This article shatters those myths and encourages enterprises to adopt BI.

Breaking Through Big Data Disappointment
(Source: I Crunch Data News)

As more enterprises adopt big data practices, more CIOs are getting disappointed with their enterprise’s inability to get a good ROI on big data. These disappointments have turned into disillusionment, and it is difficult to put forth a big data initiative and have it accepted now. This article explains what led to this dissatisfaction and how to avoid those pitfalls.

Locking Down and Securing Mobile Devices
(Source: Tech Republic)

Cybersecurity spending is at an all-time high but security itself feels like it is at an all-time low. The main cause of this is the ease of hacking mobile devices. The author of this article interviews a cybersecurity employee about ways to better secure mobile devices through two-factor authentication and endpoint security.

Don’t Strand Data Scientists on an Island
(Source: Tech Target)

Data scientists are an invaluable asset in the enterprise, but they cannot do everything by themselves, especially, as this article discusses, something as important as predictive analytics models -- which should be done as collaborative projects rather than alone.

Should You Renew IT Outsourcing Contracts?
(Source: Computer Weekly)

The landscape of IT has changed dramatically in the past few years. At the same time, outsourcing contracts all over the world are expiring. Evaluating whether to renew those contracts is the focus of this article and includes questions you need to ask yourself to determine what to do.

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

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