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Best of Business Intelligence Volume 8

TDWI's Best of Business Intelligence, Volume 8

February 1, 2011

Welcome to the eighth annual TDWI’s Best of Business Intelligence: A Year in Review. Each year we select a few of TDWI’s best, most well-received, hard-hitting articles, research, and information, and present them to you in this publication.

Stephen Swoyer kicks off this issue with a review of major business intelligence developments. "2010 in Review: Anything Goes but the Status Quo" names insurgent BI and a return to end-user-oriented BI offerings as some of 2010’s trends. Swoyer says that 2010 was "the year in which frustrated users started sharpening their pitchforks."

In "2011 Forecast: Analytics—A New Nexus for Business Intelligence," TDWI Research analyst Philip Russom shares his predictions for the coming year. Russom asserts that advanced analytics has become a nexus for BI and data warehousing, and discusses how it affects current trends.

Other selections in this year's issue of the Best of Business Intelligence include:

  • Excerpts from two of the past year’s Best Practices Reports: "Transforming Finance" and "BI on a Limited Budget"
  • Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Driving BI Adoption and Managing Change
  • Articles from TDWI FlashPoint, BI This Week, and TDWI Experts about BI costs, BI team management, advanced analytics, and agile data integration
  • Two Business Intelligence Journal articles: "Educating the Next-Generation BI Workforce" and "Learning Competitive Intelligence from a Bunch of Screwballs"

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