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Research Report: Business Intelligence Universities, Release 2.1 (Updated)

There has been an update to this report as of October 10, 2013. In May 2013, we released the first version of this report as a master list of universities in the United States and Canada offering degrees or certificates in business intelligence field. After extensive research, we are now releasing the second version of […]

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The State of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics in Academia 2012

Earlier this year, we wrote a summary report on The State of Business Intelligence and Business Analytics in Academia 2012.  To download the 78 page white paper, you may click here, or alternatively, you may read our summary report here.  If you have any questions, please email us at  Thank you.    

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Information Singularity and the Principles of the Analytics Rock Star

What makes an analytics system great? Great design, quality code, strong business sponsorship, accurate requirements, good project management, and thorough testing are some of the obvious requirements for successful analytics systems. As a professional in the field, you must be able to do these things well since they form the foundation of a good implementation. This is good enough for most people but not good enough for you—if you want to be in high demand and help your organization overcome its critical challenges.

Successful analytics professionals should follow a set of guiding principles. These very important principles are often missed by traditional methodologies. In this whitepaper you will learn about these principles that, once implemented, can make you an analytics rock star in your organization and increase your worth in the marketplace.

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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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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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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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Help Wanted! Overcoming the Shortage of BI and Analytic Professionals

If you ask any IT recruiter, consulting firm or IT department about how difficult it is to find good database, analytics, and business intelligence resources, you would get overwhelming agreement there is a shortage. Many BI and Analytics projects are in development across the corporate world right now, and employment opportunities are plentiful. So, why are so few properly trained individuals available?

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