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What’s New in Tableau 8?

The StatSlice team recently attended the Tableau 8 Roadshow here in Dallas. The crowd was large and enthusiastic. The presenter, Ted Wasserman (a Tableau Product Manager), summarized the changes.

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Survey Results: Seven Strategic BI Mistakes

A few months ago we published a popular article that presented some of the top mistakes organizations were making in business intelligence and analytics implementations After that article was published, I decided to post a question to a few of my favorite LinkedIn groups and ask the group members what business intelligence mistakes they could add to the discussion. The response was outstanding and I summarized their comments into the seven categories and published as an article. I made their contributions anonymous and edited them for grammar, flow, and clarity, but the article is the result of dozens of responses from a bunch of very savvy business intelligence professionals.

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Gartner says BI software spending to hit over $17 billion by 2016

According to new analysis reported recently by Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the world-wide market for Business Intelligence (BI) software will hit $13.8 billion in 2013, but the pace of growth will be slower than in prior years. Total spending will rise to $17.1 billion by 2016, the report adds. Compared with 2011 growth of 16 percent, 2013 and the coming years are expected to be slower, with growth in the high single digits.

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Five BI and Analytics Takeaways from Gartner Summit 2013

A few of the StatSlice team visited the Gartner BI Summit that was recently held here in the Dallas area. It was very well attended and had a great “buzz.” This writeup, written by Thamina Christsensen on the Smart Data Collective, summarized some key points well. To see her blog, click here.   1. Old […]

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A Fool with a Tool is Still a Fool

It makes sense that business users would want to do their own analytics and business intelligence (BI) without a lot of IT intervention and support? But how is it going out in the real world? I recently asked for some self-service BI success stories through several active LinkedIn™ Groups, and the responses were interesting and high volume. My report from this informal discussion is now available. Practitioner quotes are used with permission.

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Developing a Business Analytics Roadmap

Over the last few years IT industry analysts have pointed out that business intelligence is at or near the top of priority lists for many CIOs. Executives want it because they believe it will have a positive impact on business results.

The concept of business analytics as a component of business intelligence has recently come front and center. Technology and constantly improving people skills have resulted in many categories of business analytics that are changing the way businesses look at critical performance indicators in their company.

No matter how you look at it, there needs to be business and technology strategies in place to help govern, assess, and build successful business analytics roadmaps. If you are not sure how to proceed, you are not alone. It is not an easy task to design and implement a successful analytics-driven enterprise. Creating a well thought-out roadmap to bridge the gap between information and analytics can be daunting. The challenge lies in accessing your data and turning it into a tool for competitive advantage.

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Summary of the new BI Congress survey: The State of BI/BA in Academia 2012

A good friend and associate over my years in this business has been Dr. Barbara Wixom, an associate professor of IT in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a research affiliate at the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She, along with several other academic leaders, and with sponsorship from several organizations, have just released a new research project entitled The State of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics in Academia 2012. The entire report is not yet available except through the sponsors, but Dr. Wixom forwarded me a copy and I would like to summarize what I think are some interesting findings.

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From the Dice Report: January 2013 Repeat Priorities

Posted in The Dice Report (http://media.dice.com/category/the-dice-report/) January 2013 With tech hiring on a steady growth path during the first half of 2013, companies and recruiters say they have a virtually unchanged set of hiring priorities for the year. But, there is one new entrant that didn’t even make the top 10 list last year – […]

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Gartner’s Top Trends Impacting Information Architecture in 2013

Gartner Press Release, March 6, 2013 Gartner, Inc. has identified the top technology trends that will play key roles in modernizing information management (IM) in 2013 and beyond, making the role of information governance increasingly important. “Information is one of the four powerful forces changing the way business is done,” said Regina Casonato, managing vice […]

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Heard Around the Water Cooler

What do you mean we don’t have that data in our new data warehouse? Every Friday I meet with the key BI stakeholders for one my clients.  In those meetings we discuss current issues, questions and concerns within the BI team.  We also explore any new issues that someone has discovered and talk about new […]

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8 Principles That Can Make You an Analytics Rock Star

Bernard Wehbe, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of StatSlice Systems, was published on Feburary 6, 2013, in The Data Warehousing Institute’s (TDWI) BI This Week newsletter. The article gives you some guiding principles to make you an analytics rock star in your company.

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What’s Your Favorite Analytics Term?

I was not expecting the big response I recently when I posted a question to about a dozen LinkedIn Groups that span the analytics/business intelligence market. I was looking for a “branding idea” to describe analytics where near instantaneous visibility of meaningful analytic data and key metrics could be broadcast to a wide audience of corporate users, including web-based intranet views and to mobile devices.

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Name That Analytics!

What happens when executives want to actually increase key metric visibility in the form of having monitors all throughout an organization where targeted employees (maybe even all employees) can see what’s happening in the company, right now? What kind of analytics is that?

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Big Data in the Enterprise

When evaluating Big Data applications in enterprise computing, one often-asked question is how does Big Data compare to the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)? What does Big Data bring to the organization that the EDW cannot handle?

This article by Fred Zimmerman presents a technical and business discussion on the Big Data question. The technical discussion assumes familiarity with data architecture. The business discussion draws some conclusions about the actual application of Big Data in the enterprise.

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Data Analytics Will Fail If Execs Ignore the Numbers

Articles that talk about an executive’s use of analytics always grab my attention. Being in the consulting business, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. This articles talks about how execs should really use analytics…

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