Archive | July, 2010

Business Intelligence and the Enterprise Data Model

  In today’s blog I want to look at the Enterprise Data Model (or EDM). The EDM is an important asset in building an organisations business intelligence capabilities as it allows data and information to be related directly to business strategy. Let’s start with an explanation of what is an EDM? The model is really […]

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The role of Master Data Management and Business Intelligence in the Business Transformation

The value of a transformation initiative is not in the transformation itself, but on how the transformation will enable the organization to get ahead of the competition in a changing market place. A transformation initiative connects organizational silos and empowers them to collaborate and share information, resulting in a better and more holistic appreciation of […]

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R and Revolution Analytics

I’m a big fan of the open source R Project for Statistical Computing. Having worked with statistical software  behemoth SAS for over 20 years, I felt analytically reborn when I found R in 2000. If a superior programming language, the latest statistical functions and first-rate graphics weren’t enough, the fact that R’s enthusiastic world-wide community […]

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Business Intelligence Eye Candy

Good information visualization practice and BI user interface design calls for effective use of screen real estate with clear and easily understood charts such as sparklines and bullet graphs. Easy to read and interpret, these charts, combined with a monotone color scheme (so as to focus attention when needed with red/green/yellow alert indicators) have become […]

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Farmers, Hunters and Herders

In my previous blog we addressed the question of what is Business Intelligence, and how does it relates to concepts such as wisdom, knowledge, information and data. We looked at the linkage between each of these concepts and plotted Business Intelligence onto that chain. With today’s blog I’d like to map onto this concept different […]

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The Business Intelligence concept

The concept of Business Intelligence (BI) is related to the ability to provide information with quality, at the right time to all layers of an organization (strategic, tactical and operational) making it more competitive today than yesterday and more competitive tomorrow than today. The term was officially coined in 1989 by Howard Dresner, but the […]

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Beyond Self Service BI

In the past few years there have been significant changes in the BI Industry: acquisitions, consolidation and evolution of graphical capabilities leading to a paradigm change on how the BI tools are being leveraged in the market today. This paradigm change has provided many companies with the opportunity to introduce a Self Service business intelligence […]

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