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June 2013 StatSlice Newsletter

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Webinar: Budgeting and Planning with QlikView

What many people don’t realize is that QlikView comes bundled with a GUI/visualization layer, storage layer, and data integration later – all of the pieces that are necessary to build a fully functional planning application – at a fraction of the cost of traditional planning software packages. Once the concepts are understood, a custom-built app in QlikView works equally well on your desktop using your own data as well as on a corporate server dealing with multiple users and budgeting/planning requirements.

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Research Report: Universities Offering BI and Analytics Degrees

In early 2013, Steven Crofts, Director of Marketing for StatSlice Systems, posted a question on various BI, Analytics and Data Warehousing LinkedIn™ Groups, asking what group members knew was being offered in universities and colleges—either locally or from their alma mater(s).

There was a large response with many good details on what universities were doing. It prompted us to dig deeper and to build a master list based on the responses from the LinkedIn™ Groups and our own subsequent research.

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Webinar: Using the Connector for Google Analytics in Tableau 8

Tableau Software, Inc. has just released Tableau 8. In addition to exciting new data visualization features, Tableau 8 comes equipped with new native data connectors, including a connector for Google Analytics. With this new built-in functionality, Google’s expansive data store of website statistics can be analyzed with Tableau’s powerful data visualization capabilities.

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May 2013 StatSlice Newsletter

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Hadoop Business Case: A Cost Effective Queryable Data Archive/Storage Platform

Big Data’s open source solution Hadoop is not just a super-sized database. Hadoop’s cost per terabyte is much less than high end data warehouse database server like Teradata and Oracle’s Exadata. Hadoop’s storage costs are also substantially less than many high and mid-level storage area network (SAN) solutions.

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April 2013 StatSlice Newsletter

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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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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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March 2013 StatSlice Newsletter

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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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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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Cantex, Inc.

Cantex, Inc. is a national manufacturer serving the utility and building construction industry. In their market, no core competency is of higher importance than that of efficient and consistent production. The goal: combine strong production with effective sales and marketing—all while maintaining desired profit margins.

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Help Wanted! Overcoming the Shortage of Business Intelligence and Analytic Professionals

Many Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics projects are in development and employment opportunities are plentiful. So, why are so few properly trained individuals available?

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