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September 2011 - Business Intelligence Content Archive

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Information Systems: Carpenters and Architects [Published: 09-01-2011]
Bill Inmon emphasizes the importance of the information systems architect.

Business Intelligence: The Federated Option [Published: 09-08-2011]
Wayne Eckerson describes why a federated business intelligence architecture may be the best way to deliver effective BI and, at the same time, balance the need for enterprise standards and local control.

SPOTLIGHT: Data Warehousing and Virtual OLAP Cubes Q&A with Roger Llewellyn of Kognitio [Published: 09-12-2011]
Ron Powell asks Roger Llewellyn, President and CEO of Kognitio, if data warehouses are still needed and then learns about exciting developments in the world of OLAP.

Statistical Abstract of the United States: The Master Data Source [Published: 09-13-2011]
Government budget cuts are threatening the master data source of our country: the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Ramon Barquin explains the importance of continuing to publish what has been our nation's most important source of data and statistics for almost one and a half centuries.

The TomTom Case – Were Police Using or Abusing Data Analytics? [Published: 09-14-2011]
In Part 2 of a continuing series on data governance in the public sector, Frank Buytendijk explores whether or not it was ethical for European police to use data from TomTom navigational systems to plan speed traps, and what the implications may be for data usage in the future.

Organizational Models that Impact Business Intelligence [Published: 09-15-2011]
In part 2 of this 3-part series, Wayne Eckerson explains why business intelligence must align with a company’s organizational structure. To emphasize that the primary problem federation solves is organizational rather than architectural, he provides examples of the 3 basic structures that define the relationship between corporate and divisional groups.

SPOTLIGHT: Commercial Open Source Business Intelligence - A Q&A with Richard Daley of Pentaho [Published: 09-19-2011]
In this Spotlight, Ron Powell and Richard Daley discuss the benefits of open source business intelligence.

Columnar Databases [Published: 09-19-2011]
William McKnight describes how the columnar structure can take workload from the data warehouse into an alternative structure.

Performance Management: Benchmarking is Back [Published: 09-20-2011]
If you compare your performance results only to your internal targets, you're only looking at 50% of the picture, explains Craig Schiff. External benchmarking allows you to evaluate how your company is performing compared to others in your industry.

Business Intelligence Architecture: The Dividing Line [Published: 09-22-2011]
Wayne Eckerson concludes his 3-part series on BI architecture with a discussion on the challenges of allocating responsibility for various parts of a BI architecture between corporate and business unit teams.

Use Healthcare Public Reporting to Propel Your Analytics Efforts [Published: 09-26-2011]
Public healthcare reporting can be daunting, but Scott Wanless explains how analytics can help you use this reporting to your advantage.

Use Advanced Analytics to Dig Deeper into Word-of-Mouth Behavior [Published: 09-28-2011]
Derick Jose describes 3 analytical scenarios for quantifying and analyzing word-of-mouth behavior using advanced analytics.

Data Quality for Business Analytics [Published: 09-29-2011]
David Loshin discusses four specific issues that should be considered to be sure the quality of the data sets satisfies the needs of the consumers of the analytical results.