Want to measure the Business Analytics initiatives in your organization? Here are the 8 Key Metrics according to #SAS that matter

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Using analytics to get business insights has always have been crucial for making business decisions. The difference is that it’s a lot easier now with the help of advanced technology. According to SAS the mainstream business analytics market is expected to exceed to $50 billion by 2016 and yet we have medium sized to fairly [...]

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS – not just TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

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Information Systems – web definition “(Information System) data system: system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization” Information Systems – Wikipedia definition: “Information system (IS) is the study of complementary networks of hardware and software (see information technology) that people and organizations use to collect, filter, process, create, and distribute data. The study [...]

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Data to Insight to Action – Technology cannot replace an understanding about your products, processes and customers

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Let’s get real and let’s accept it – we all are dealing with an avalanche of information. Most of the organizations are spending more money on storing the large volumes of data than getting the respective return on investment in terms of data insights to make informed decisions. One of the fundamental beliefs and expectations [...]

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10 Reasons Why you should be using SQL Server Reporting Services?

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In my company we use SQL Server Reporting Services extensively for operational reporting and so far,  it has been well received As part of my job I also conduct trainings and workshops evangelizing the company’s BI offerings to our business users globally. There is one question that is being asked fairly often – Why did we chose [...]

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6 Key Factors that make Excel Unique and Provide users with Digital Data Power

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Let’s get it straight, Excel is the most versatile and widely used software applications of all time, used by a broad spectrum of people – from novices keeping track of their groceries spend to multi-billion dollar international corporations forecasting profits and losses. For a large number of companies of various sizes across many industries, Excel [...]

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Five Pillars for Creating a Business Intelligence Culture in an Organization

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Being a consultant has been both a very rewarding and a painful experience.  Rewarding because I saw my clients happy faces after successful projects and painful because I never really became part of any team, let alone becoming a part of the organization. The positive side of all this experience is that I saw both [...]

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Agile Data Modeling is collaborative and evolutionary

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Agile data modelling is an extensive topic and there have been many books written on the subject. Scott Ambler, an expert on agile database techniques (www.agiledata.org) defines agile data modelling as follows: “Data modelling is the act of exploring data oriented structures. Evolutionary data modelling is data modelling performed in an iterative and incremental manner. [...]

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The challenges that the Next Generation Dashboards must overcome

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This afternoon I attended a lecture at Copenhagen Business School on Data Visualization by Stephen Few, a leading authority on the subject. It was an inspiring lecture where Stephen emphasized that by following some basic principles and a basic understanding of a human brain’s capacity of absorbing the information we can create compelling data visualizations which [...]

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Impactful BI and Analytics Strategy – following some best practices might be helpful as TECHNOLOGY IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY

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I have been in the technology and BI industry for a good number of years and one thing I can say with certainty that in today’s volatile times, experience or intuition cannot be relied on making effective decisions. There is an increasing demand to respond faster more than ever with insights into ongoing organizational events [...]

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