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Lou Agosta

Lou Agosta
Topic: Reengineering Healthcare Using IT
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK expert channel that will focus on reengineering healthcare using IT. The immediate catalyst for this contribution to healthcare information technology (HIT) is the challenge we as individuals and as a nation are facing in getting a healthcare system that works for everyone. Here the focus will be on "system" where business intelligence is a key part of the infrastructure that will contribute to transformation. Granted that many things might be considered broken - e.g., millions of people without access to affordable, high quality healthcare - but this channel will resist the temptation to try to "fix" things. "Fixing" keeps the conversation in the thrall of the past whereas the intention here is to create new, future-oriented possibilities. This channel is guided by the principle that a single fact is worth a thousand opinions. But facts are not isolated absolutes. Business intelligence, IT governance, and system building are critical paths to the formation of facts. We will be particularly interested in case histories, success stories, and cautionary tales of what works and what doesn't work in reengineering healthcare using IT. I will also look at related business intelligence issues that go beyond healthcare IT. So let me hear from you and HIT me with your best shot at LAgosta@UChicago.edu. more >

Leslie Ament

Leslie Ament
Topic: Customer Analytics & Insight
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I'm honored to be one of the BeyeNETWORK's channel experts as the resident guru on Customer Analytics & Insight. Our channel will focus on how organizations "capture, manage, analyze and apply actionable customer analytics and insight to improve performance and to accelerate growth."

Numerous blue-chip companies inclusive of Walmart, American Express, Coca-Cola, Staples, Best Buy, Harrah's Entertainment, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Hilton International, AOL, IBM and Oracle are among those that believe leveraging business and consumer data is necessary to compete in today's economy. What used to provide a "secret sauce" or competitive advantage to companies savvy enough to exploit the value of customer data within their own proprietary databases has now become necessary to remain competitive in this economically uncertain and commodity-driven global marketplace.

Stay tuned to our channel and learn how you can leverage customer analytics to create actionable customer insight to boost your organization's profitability and performance. We will share our research, insights and assess multiple technology, application, service and implementation choices and options available to facilitate integration and creation of a successful customer ecosystem. Contact us at info@HypatiaResearch.com with comments, questions or suggestions.
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John Bair

John Bair
Topic: Cloud Computing
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Welcome to my cloud computing expert channel for the BeyeNETWORK. If you’re architecting or implementing business intelligence (BI) cloud solutions, or just interested in keeping up on developments in business intelligence cloud computing, tune in to this channel. It covers architectures, solutions, applications, technology developments and trends, supporting organizations processes, case studies, and best practices in cloud computing.

Each month, you’ll find insights, advice, news, interviews, commentary related to cloud computing as it relates to business intelligence. I welcome your input about topics that you would like to be covered as well as your feedback on the coverage. And please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions and requests for advice. I want to make this channel the focal point for informed discourse on how cloud technologies have the potential to take BI and information management to the next level. I can be reached at jbair@ajilitee.com.
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Steve Benner

Steve Benner
Topic: Location Intelligence
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Welcome to my BeyeNetwork expert channel on location intelligence, where we share and collaborate on the use of geospatial technologies to help organizations make better decisions about the use or conservation of resources in support of strategic and operational decision making. The focus of this channel is not on the technology but rather on the effective use of the technology by commercial and non-commercial organizations worldwide. That said, we will provide an overview of the technology and associated content needed to implement location intelligence in your organization from a non-technical perspective.

But the main focus here is help you understand how to improve decision making across the enterprise with geospatial technology and how, with the emergence of powerful and ubiquitous personal devices such as smartphones, the iPad, and others, to improve decision making in the field where thousands of bottom-line decisions are made every day.

Share your thoughts with me and others in my network by contacting me at inquiries@tlii.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Frank Buytendijk

Frank Buytendijk
Topic: In Search of Wisdom
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK expert channel — "In Search of Wisdom." With technology innovation lifting many boundaries and removing constraints, the questions business and IT professionals wrestle with move from "how do we do this" to "what do we do with all that power?" These are questions of philosophy.

I'll take an analytic view on the world of business and strategy, from a philosophical perspective. Unfortunately, we have lost the art and science of dialectical reasoning. Instead, we are ruled by the world of solutions. In fact, we are not even allowed to talk about problems anymore, we need to address them as "challenges." Yuch.

In this channel I'll take a different approach. I'd like to challenge (pun intended) you to think through problems a bit more. To show there are multiple ways of thinking, that there are irreconcilable views that somehow need to find a way to work together. Sometimes I'll be discussing very serious topics, and sometimes I'll take on lighter subjects. They do have a common theme: What would the old philosophers have said when confronted with current problems and topics in IT? Wouldn't that be true business intelligence?
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Marty Carney

Marty Carney
Topic: BI End-User Adoption
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Welcome to the BeyeNETWORK’s BI End-User Adoption Channel from WCI Consulting.

According to industry reports, more than 60 percent of all BI technology implementations fail because of the lack of sufficient end-user adoption. In this channel, we’ll explore trends, tips and best practices to help companies ensure they make the most out of their business intelligence and business analytics technology investments. Our experts will also discuss general trends in the business intelligence and analytics industry, and provide insight into new strategies and methods that can help readers turn the information that is inherent in their businesses into valuable, actionable information. If you have questions or comments, feel free to email me at marty@wciconsulting.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @WCIConsulting or LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/wci-consulting.

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Malcolm Chisholm

Malcolm Chisholm
Topic: Enterprise Information Management
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Welcome to the Malcolm Chisholm Expert Channel on Enterprise Information Management Channel for the BeyeNETWORK.

This channel is dedicated to covering the new generation of organizational units tasked to manage the information assets of enterprises. Each month I will be examining one aspect of what it takes to make these units successful in a business environment that is becoming ever more reliant on data.

I welcome your comments and questions and any suggestions you may have. Please e-mail them to me at mchisholm@refdataportal.com.
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Barry Devlin

Barry Devlin
Topic: From Data Warehouse to Business Insight
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Hello! And welcome to the Barry Devlin Expert Channel for the BeyeNETWORK. Those of you who recognize the name will know me as an old hand at data warehousing - dating back to even before the well-known "fathers" of the topic. Over 25 years ago, when I created my first data warehouse architecture, success was getting the same answer to the same query asked by two different departments. These days, business demands much more: consistent answers for sure, but also timeliness, flexibility and speed across the entire information resource of the business. And technology can do so much more too. I believe these changes are fundamentally reinventing business intelligence, and in this channel I will be pushing you to consider new ideas within and beyond the boundaries of traditional business intelligence (BI) to see how you can recreate your world. Please feel free to email me at barry@9sight.com with your comments or suggestions on how I can provide the most relevant information to you. more >

Wayne Eckerson

Wayne Eckerson
Topic: Best Practices in Business Intelligence and Analytics
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Have you ever wondered what separates successful business intelligence (BI) implementations from not so successful ones? Do you want to hear the lessons that BI masters have learned in the trenches? Do you want to stay abreast of new tools and technologies in the BI and analytics space? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This channel provides practical advice from BI practitioners about the do’s and don’ts of data warehousing, business intelligence, performance management, and analytics. Drawing on my 20 years of BI expertise, this channel will serve as a one-stop shop to keep you in tune with the latest thinking in the BI world. more >

Lee Feinberg

Lee Feinberg
Topic: HD Visualization – Driving BI & Analytics
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Visualization of data is emerging as a critical business function, equally important as strategy, technology, marketing, finance, etc. How deeply a company incorporates visualization into its decision-making will greatly determine their success. Yet, considering how to present information is usually done after the business intelligence requirements are developed and the analysis is completed. Since visualizations are the final product – and evolving into our most important communications medium – they should instead drive a significant level of BI and analytics activity. HD (high definition) means we will be talking about delivering clear messages, exploring state-of-the-art technology and, of course, creating beautiful images. My background in product management, marketing, and strategy are sure to bring you unexpected and interesting views on blending science, business, and art to elevate the impact and role of visualization in your company. more >

Lowell Fryman

Lowell Fryman, CBIP-CDMP
Topic: Business Glossary
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Good day, and welcome to the Lowell Fryman Business Glossary Expert Channel on the BeyeNETWORK. Some of you may recognize my name from my data warehousing and data management seminars or as a co-author of the book italic;">Business Metadata: Capturing Enterprise Knowledge. I have to admit that over the last few decades (ouch), I've focused on enterprise level data management implementations. Those implementations have often had one similar challenge, the root cause of which has been traced to "clarity of terminology." Have you ever heard: "Your customer metrics are all wrong?” or “That's not the right definition of a customer.” or “We have 4 or 5 different definitions for customer."  At a recent tutorial I conducted on the Business Glossary, one person noted that due to mergers and acquisitions over the last few years, they had 23 different glossaries. Few have the same definitions, and many conflict with each other. Sound familiar? If so, stay tuned to his channel. We will discuss approaches and solutions to solving the business semantics and terminology challenges in small and multi-national organizations, as well as the supporting technologies. Please feel free to email me with your comments and suggestions on how I can provide relevant information for your challenges.

Cheers, Lowell

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Jim Gallo

Jim Gallo
Topic: Agile BI
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Hello and welcome to the BeyeNETWORK's Agile Business Intelligence (BI) Channel. If you're interested in learning how to apply Agile methods to BI solutions, then you've come to the right place.

This channel was developed by practitioners for practitioners. Its primary focus is to provide meaningful insights into best practices and to communicate what works and what doesn't. The channel explores Agile BI from many aspects - the theory and the reality, applying Agile principles to BI solutions, tools and techniques for improving team velocity, and how to accommodate reality when pure Agile concepts just simply won't do. Most importantly, the channel explores both the business and technical sides of the equation, as establishing a symbiotic balance between the two is perhaps Agile BI's most important imperative.

While Agile methods are not new, applying them to BI solutions is. And while much has been written about the topic, most articles and presentations address Agile BI at a fairly high level. The Agile BI Channel is intended to allow you to view Agile methods from both the mountaintop and from the weeds. The channel will take many twists and turns, providing information about lessons learned by some battle-tested BI/DW veterans up to and including new and emerging concepts and tools that enable BI teams to achieve ever-increasing levels of performance and quality.

Your comments and suggestions are truly welcome. By harnessing the collective wisdom of everyone, we can, in many ways, improve the foundational methods through which BI solutions are delivered. Let's learn from each other and have some fun along the way.
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Richard Herschel

Richard Herschel
Topic: Education
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Welcome to the Education Channel for the Business Intelligence Network. This channel is dedicated to sharing and discussing issues, challenges and developments related to research and education involving business intelligence. Each month this channel will provide you with new insights and regular commentary on business intelligence and its relationship with education.

I invite your thoughts, questions, advice and suggestions for improving the relevancy and impact of this Channel. I also invite you to submit any information that you might want to share on this channel, including announcements, position papers, or article submissions (1,000-1,500 words) related to curriculum developments, research activity, or other relevant material concerning education and business intelligence. Please feel free to email your submissions to me at herschel@sju.edu. I also welcome any comments or suggestions as to how we can provide the most relevant information to you.

Richard T. Herschel, Ph.D.
Saint Joseph's University
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Claudia Imhoff

Claudia Imhoff
Topic: Business Intelligence
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Welcome to the Claudia Imhoff Channel for the BeyeNETWORK.

Whether you're a novice or an old hand at planning, designing, implementing or maintaining Business Intelligence (BI) environments, this channel is for you. It delivers a wealth of knowledge on nearly all aspects of BI, including architectural solutions, best practices, new and future trends in technology, guidance on soft issues like organizational/cultural issues and more.  

Each month, you'll find useful insights, relevant information and constant commentary on the state of the BI industry. I welcome your comments, suggestions or observations at cimhoff@intelsols.com. Your input is what makes this channel better for all of us.

I hope you make it your "go to" channel for practical advice and help for any BI problems, regardless of industry or environment.
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Bill Inmon

Bill Inmon
Topic: Data Warehousing
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Welcome to the Bill Inmon Channel for the BeyeNETWORK.

Over the years, the most demanding leading-edge practitioners and users have accessed my architecture, design techniques and best practices for the data warehouse through my books, articles and live seminars.

Now, using this faster, interactive Channel, you can electronically access all aspects of data warehousing, including RSS feeds and blogs. The blog, which will provide useful insights and constant commentary on the state of the data warehousing industry, will be hosted by Dan Linstedt. It will allow you to exchange your views with me on a real-time basis. 

Remember, your input makes the Channel relevant and dynamic for all of us.
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Piyanka Jain

Piyanka Jain, CEO of Aryng
Topic: Business Impact through Analytics
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Welcome to my BeyeNetwork channel on “Business Impact through Analytics” where we will discuss how to drive impact on the business through analytics and data. Many believe analytics is producing dashboards and reports from raw data; however, analytics is lot more. The true power of analytics is when it can be used to drive business decisions. Hence, analytics has the technical aspect of product insights and also the softer aspect of working with stakeholders to turn those insights into impact. In this channel, we will discuss all those topics along with career, training, analytics trends, advanced topics of predictive analytics and more. So join me in this journey of business transformation through analytics. more >

Bin Jiang

Bin Jiang, Ph.D.
Topic: Data Warehouse Realization
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Welcome to my Expert Channel on Data Warehouse Realization for the BeyeNETWORK! We have been doing data warehouse realization for several decades and tried almost everything imaginable. However, the achievement still appears not to be very satisfactory: financially expensive, operatively time-consuming, politically risky and psychologically inhibitory. One of the reasons for this might be that data warehouse realization seems still to be a handicraft art instead of an engineering science.

Today, we are living in a "big" time. There is lots of talk about "big data," from data warehouse teams, industry pundits and vendors. That is fine. It would be old-fashioned to ignore the impact of “big,” especially big data, and what it means for our data warehouses. However, before we effectively embrace "big," we need to make "small" things sound.

Thus, I consider the mission of this channel to be bringing about an engineering scientific renaissance to "Data Warehouse Realization" in order to build a solid foundation for a real "big" jump.

With my first article series Start Small: Single Version of the Definition, we should have an accurate enterprise data warehouse definition and know quite exactly WHAT is to be realized. This is a small, but good start. The major remaining questions are HOW to effectively realize it and WHY in the chosen ways. As an engineer with a little philosophical flavor, I am convinced that we – yes, of course, with you – can accomplish it definitively! Please join in this challenge by providing your constructive comments, inspiring opinions, provocative questions, imaginative suggestions, helpful advice and valuable thoughts. For all these, you can always reach me by email at bin.jiang@bluewin.ch.
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Eric King

Eric King
Topic: Data Mining & Predictive Analytics
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Welcome to my Expert Channel on Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Channel for the Business Intelligence Network. This channel covers the practical application of strategy, tactics and best practices for predictive modeling. Topics and resources will focus on extending the value of business analytics with prospective intelligence derived through knowledge discovery and machine learning technology.

Traditionally, organizations use data tactically - to manage operations. For competitive edge, leading organizations use data strategically - to expand the business, improve profitability, reduce costs, anticipate behavior and market more effectively. The mining of data for predictive and descriptive indicators creates information assets that an organization can leverage to achieve these strategic objectives.

New content will be provided each month to guide business professionals in understanding how and when to get started in data mining, how to successfully maneuver a discovery process, interpret results, achieve actionable results and compare implementations across industries.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome on ways in which this channel may maintain relevant and usable material. I can be reached at eric@the-modeling-agency.com.
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Krish Krishnan

Krish Krishnan
Topic: Data Warehouse Appliances and Architecture
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel! This channel on BeyeNETWORK.com is dedicated to providing a common ground for: 1) Data warehouse appliances and their strengths, deployment techniques, best practices, and methodologies to integrate them into your data warehouses; 2)Data warehouse architectures, the different architectural approaches to building the data warehouse, the solution architecture ecosystem for the data warehouse, the different layers and the architecture decisions across the layers; and 3) finally, the third focus area high performance data warehousing. It encompasses all aspects of a data warehouse solution architecture starting with the hardware and infrastructure layers to the business intelligence user interface layers and everything in between. 

You'll find useful insights, relevant information and constant commentary on the state of the data warehouse and business intelligence industry. I welcome your comments, suggestions or observations at krish@krishkrishnan.net. Your input is what makes this channel better for all of us.

I hope you make it your "go to" channel for practical advice and help for any BI problems, regardless of industry or environment, especially as it relates to data warehouse appliances and high performance data warehousing.
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David Loshin

David Loshin
Topic: Information and Analytic Strategy
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Welcome to the David Loshin Expert Channel on Information and Analytic Strategy for the BeyeNETWORK.

As our business processes depend more and more on effective collaboration through the sharing and exchange of large amounts of high quality information, our reliance on automation for facilitating that collaboration has grown by leaps and bounds. Both the technology and politics of information significantly affect the way organizations handle their information assets, and this channel is intended to provide guidance for all aspects of information and data quality, data standards, data interchange, and data integration. We will focus on business case analysis, best-of-breed technology, future technology trends, architectural issues, best practices, business information productivity, case studies, semantics, and the organizational and cultural impacts of managing the information asset.

Your comments and observations (loshin@knowledge-integrity.com) are not just welcomed, but preferred, as a way to enhance the value through our shared experiences. And don't hesitate to send me all of your questions or requests for advice.
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William McKnight

William McKnight
Topic: Information Management
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Welcome to the William McKnight Expert Channel on the BeyeNETWORK. Information management is the modern competitive battlefield, and this channel will focus on realizing the potential of information to the modern corporation. Today, it is about having more data, cleaner data and more accessible data than the competition and being able to take advantage of the information quickly. Mastery of the high volumes of data in our organizations will make a huge difference to business success.

Interrelated topics to information management include master data management, systems for managing large amounts of data and advanced levels of customer relationship management that come with detailed tracking capabilities. Tune in to this channel for tools in the form of articles, events, white papers, podcasts, videos and case studies focused on master information. I’ll use my background as an information architect and owner of numerous information management initiatives to create and share the relevant insights, advisement and commentary on the subjects, as well as my perspective on our emerging trends.Please feel free to share your comments or content ideas with me at wmcknight@mcknightcg.com.
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Timur Mehmedbasic

Timur Mehmedbasic
Topic: Big Data
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Big Data Expert Channel. The sheer amount of data that companies must manage, store and analyze continues to rise. And, with the increasing use of technologies like mobility, cloud computing and social media, more data is coming into the enterprise each day than ever before. However, data by itself is useless, especially for improved decision making. Data, like iron ore, is merely a raw material – in the pursuit of data, knowledge is the true goal. When the enterprise turns its data into knowledge, it can pursue and gain competitive advantage, and even build entirely new business models. This channel will look at key big data trends and best practices for how to leverage data to drive greater value for your business. more >

Soumendra Mohanty

Soumendra Mohanty
Topic: Analytics @ the Speed of Business
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Channel on Analytics @ The Speed of Business – Accelerating the Enterprise of Tomorrow. While industry research points out that CIOs across the globe continue to look at analytics and business intelligence (BI) as significant areas for investment, enterprises today are at an inflection point where the advanced analytics and BI paradigm is moving away from the strategy-driven approach of yesteryears to a more business process-driven approach aligned with the agile businesses of tomorrow. From a relatively small proportion of enterprise users leveraging the strength of analytics for strategic business decisions, there is a perceptible shift towards embedding analytical applications as an integral part of decision nodes within business processes that drive everyday business decisions. This, in turn, is leading to the need for integrating voluminous amounts of structured and unstructured data into the information management backplane utilizing emerging big data paradigms including appliances, MapReduce, and NoSQL in-memory databases. In this scenario, data governance, data quality and management of master data across the enterprise is becoming a hygiene factor. As adoption of analytics and BI applications gets more pervasive across the enterprise, any failure of these applications is adversely affecting business transactions, leading to increasing focus on mission-critical aspects including performance, scalability and availability. At the same time, enterprise expectations of faster time to market, better application quality and reducing implementation costs are driving innovative implementation and engagement models. Stay tuned to this channel as Mindtree experts cover insights, advice, news, commentary, experiences and best practices related to these paradigm shifts across areas such as advanced analytics, business intelligence, data integration, data warehousing, big data, data governance, data quality, master data management and appliances. From an implementation perspective, we will also cover the impact of these changes as related to program delivery, implementation methodologies, and engagement models pertinent to this area. We would love to hear from you with any questions, feedback, or comments! For further information, please contact us at george_philip@mindtree.com. more >

Kelle O'Neal

Kelle O'Neal
Topic: Agile Data
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Hello and thank you for visiting my BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel on all things data! In this channel we will focus on the strategies, techniques, resources and tools to manage data as a unique, valuable asset within your organization. These capabilities generally tend to be categorized as data governance, master data management, data quality, metadata management, data integration and a series of other acronyms...like CDI and PIM. In addition to these traditional approaches, we will also talk about some of the other tools necessary to be successful with your data initiatives – like change management, alignment between lines of business and IT, stakeholder support and communication strategies. Whatever the terminology of the day, we will address common issues and concerns around data while being pragmatic/practical in our approaches on how to address them.

Why Agile? Because business changes, and if you're not ready to adjust your data strategies to changing interests, budgets, priorities and personnel, then your data program will be short lived and of little value. We will leverage some of the principles of the Agile development methodology to help you create and execute nimble data strategies based on a collaborative approach to deliver sustained, incremental value over time.

Check back in for case studies, hints and tips, industry trends, regulatory impacts and stories from clients and consultants. We aim to bring to life the best practices in managing data. We'd love to hear your feedback, ideas, stories and strategies. I can be reached via email at kelle@firstsanfranciscopartners.com
or simply subscribe to the RSS feeds for my channel and blog. Follow us on Twitter: @1stSanFrancisco.
We are looking forward to the conversation!
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Ron Powell

Ron Powell
Topic: Business Intelligence & Analytics
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Hello, and welcome to the Ron Powell Expert Channel for the BeyeNETWORK. This channel will cover business intelligence, analytics and data management from both a customer and business perspective. I will regularly interview enterprises that have implemented these critical technologies and also the software companies that produce them. The insights that you will be able to gain from this channel will help you identify critical applications and technologies that can create the competitive advantage you need to succeed. more >

Craig Schiff

Craig Schiff
Topic: BPM
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Welcome to the Craig Schiff Channel of the BeyeNETWORK. I look forward to sharing my insights on current trends and themes in the business performance management (BPM) industry.

Through more than 15 years of vendor-side work as a founding team member of two leading BPM players combined with my more current experiences developed from vendor-independent requirements definition, vendor selection and deployment services, I am confident there are plenty of topics to discuss. Look forward to reading more about my opinions on the business drivers for BPM, the roles of various company departments in the BPM decision, and how some of today's companies go about blazing their trail for a BPM deployment. Your feedback and comments are invited to make this an interactive forum for sharing concepts that can help others be more successful with their BPM deployments.

If you have any direct questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cschiff@bpmpartners.com.
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Robert S. Seiner

Robert S. Seiner
Topic: Non-Invasive Data Governance
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Welcome to my Non-Invasive Data Governance Expert Channel for the BeyeNETWORK. As the Publisher of TDAN.com, and a specialist in the field of data governance, metadata management, business intelligence and many things data, I look forward to providing thought-provoking content on these and other subjects. I will primarily focus on Non-Invasive Data Governance™ and how it supports risk management and improvements in quality and usability of data, information and knowledge.

I welcome YOUR use of this channel. I'll be sharing tips and techniques around data management and Non-Invasive Data Governance, and it would be great if you could send me any questions you have or tips you've found useful. I can be reached at RSeiner@TDAN.com.
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Rick Sherman

Rick Sherman
Topic: Data Integration
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Welcome to my expert channel on data integration for the BeyeNETWORK.

You're probably familiar with the narrow definition of data integration - that it is merely extract, transform and load (ETL) tools used to move data and transform it into a common format in a data warehouse. I prefer to think of data integration as the processes that transform data into business information.

So, why should you care about data integration? It's no secret to IT managers that enterprise information is not treated as a strategic asset. To add to the frustration, this means that no comprehensive information architecture and management strategy is designed and followed. It's not that IT isn't trying to convince senior management that information is a strategic asset; however, it can be difficult to quantify the business benefit. Additionally, sometimes it's impossible to incorporate the information architecture in your plans when deploying various business applications.

Given these challenges, how do you turn data into a strategic asset? How do you enable your business users to find the "single version of the truth?" Integrate data across the enterprise.

This channel will help you understand the challenges of data integration and learn how to tackle them so you can increase the ROI of data in your own enterprise.
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Richard Skriletz

Richard Skriletz
Topic: Operational Information Management
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Information management (IM) today is the management of information assets. As such, it is “soft” and separated from the operational world of business and IT. Operational information management (OIM) focuses on business data, its use, and its management as a core business capability. OIM improves business operations and transforms IT. My channel provides direction on making operational information management a reality. more >

Jen Underwood

Jen Underwood
Topic: Prescriptive Analytics
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Welcome to my Prescriptive Analytics Expert Channel on the BeyeNETWORK. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and findings in this fantastic niche area of advanced analytics. Prescriptive analytics allows you to assess and optimize decisions with models of what might happen in the future given your objectives, variables and constraints. It is more complex than predictive analytics, but it is also more actionable. Prescriptive analytics has great impact since it not only predicts what will happen and when, but also why. Please feel free to email me with your comments or suggestions on how I can provide the most relevant information to you. more >

Siva Vajjhala

Topics: Timely Insights to Reliable Foresights, Business Glossary
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Welcome to my BeyeNetwork Channel on “Timely Insights to Reliable Foresights.” Insights come from having not just a good set of analytics folks who know statistics; it also needs a robust infrastructure upstream – source systems, clean data, robust ETLs, a scalable data warehouse, and most importantly recognizing the insight as such in the context of deep domain knowledge. But insights, while good and useful, by themselves are insufficient; what we need is to then convert that into actionable intelligence through foresights. That’s where our channel comes in.

Here in this channel we will cover a host of topics across data warehousing, business intelligence, analytics, big data, best practices in project management, and also upcoming trends in various industries such as retail, travel, CPG, media, banking, and others. We shall talk about these topics from both business and technology points of view. The range of subjects is deliberately broad since it allows us to dabble into various time-pertinent issues. The gamut of areas provides us an opportunity to pull in a subject-matter expert from my organization, MindTree, relevant to the particular issue. And, most importantly, we all have different concerns to contend with at different times, and this channel caters to those types of needs. Dive in, take a look, and do pepper us with all your questions, feedback, and comments – we’d love it! For further information, please contact us at siva_vajjhala@mindtree.com.
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Rick van der Lans

Rick van der Lans
Topic: Data Delivery Platform
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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel on virtual data warehouse architectures and the data delivery platform.

The last twenty years, the classic data warehouse architecture has served us well. But if we think about the new demands and requirements from our customers, such as real-time data warehousing and increased flexibility, and if we consider new technologies, ranging from data warehouse appliances to mashups, the question we can ask ourselves is whether this is still the best architecture we can come up with. My answer would be "No."

This expert channel will focus on a new architecture called the data delivery platform. The data delivery platform is based on the concept of a virtual data warehouse. This channel will help you understand the data delivery platform, how new technologies make it possible to develop this platform, and the design and architectural principles of the platform.

In a nutshell, the end of the era of the classic data warehouse architecture has come, and like with all other technical solutions and technologies, it is time for a replacement.

As channel expert I will cover technologies, ideas, tools and design principles related to the data delivery platform and virtual data warehouses. I do welcome your questions, comments, ideas and suggestions. Please send them to rick@r20.nl. I am looking forward to lively discussions.
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Colin White

Colin White
Topic: BI & Integration
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Welcome to my channel for providing you with the latest news and views on business intelligence and business integration. Since these two technology domains cover a wide range of topics, I will focus on areas where I spend most of my time. In the business intelligence arena I will look at enterprise data integration and business performance management. For business integration, I will focus on topics such as portals and content management that help extend business intelligence into the knowledge management environment. more >

Steve Williams

Topics: Timely Insights to Reliable Foresights, Business Glossary
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Steve and Nancy Williams

Nancy Williams
Topic: BI Impact
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Welcome to the BI Impact Channel for the BeyeNETWORK. The focus of this channel is on what it takes to achieve BI impact – where business intelligence (BI) makes a real difference in business performance. It’s a fact that business intelligence needs to be assimilated into the core value-adding processes of your business in order to make a difference, and this is what creates a range of management challenges. While most businesses have BI capabilities these days, many still struggle with the challenge of fully leveraging these capabilities.

This channel discusses the business, technical and organizational paradigm shifts that must take place as organizations mature their BI capabilities. Please bookmark this channel as your source for ideas on how to mature your organization’s ability to achieve BI impact, and please feel free to email either of us with your comments, questions or concerns: nancy.williams@decisionpath.com or steve.williams@decisionpath.com.
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Lyndsay Wise

Lyndsay Wise
Topic: BI For the Mid-Market
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Welcome to my Expert Channel on Business Intelligence for the Mid-Market for the BeyeNETWORK.

Until recently, the needs of mid-market organizations were overlooked in terms of available business intelligence (BI) solutions. As vendors expand their offerings to include small and mid-market companies and as new solution providers enter the market to target mid-sized organizations, the benefits and options available to these organizations become a blur.

This channel will feature monthly articles and provide other resources to help guide you through what is happening within BI for mid-market, the choices available to mid-market organizations, and the technology behind the solutions themselves. Please feel free to contact me at lwise@wiseanalytics.com with questions, comments, and suggestions.
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