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it department

The Sad Future of the Corporate IT Department

People in the tech world love to speculate on the future structure of the corporate IT department. While we cannot know precisely how this change will manifest, there are undeniable trends towards a more engaged and decentralized IT presence in organizations. This may...

big data

Is my Big Data giving me Big Value?

Companies often find themselves wondering whether or not they have big data and questioning whether they even need business intelligence and predictive analytics to improve their business strategy. The reality is that you probably have more data than you think you do, but that...

Driving value through end-user engagement

It is important to remain aware of the fact that making data work for you is as much about people as it is about technology. Dataspace has learned a lot about end-user engagement with predictive software and business intelligence infrastructures over the past two...

data driven

Becoming a Data-Driven Company in 2017

By now, we all know that big data and predictive modeling are at the heart of any successful and competitive corporate strategy.  But making data-driven decisions means more than just selecting software or implementing a BI system; it means making sure the people in your organization...

EVERYTHING MUST GO

If You Get This BI Requirement, Run!

The Lamest BI Requirement – And it Won’t Go Away!   Want a sure path to failure in BI and data warehousing? Don’t solicit requirements from your users.   Want a second path? Settle for the requirement, “Just give me everything (JGME) and I’ll figure out how to use...

data topology

A Big Thing I’ve Learned Assessing BI Systems

Assessing BI & DW Systems   A decent (and fun!) chunk of our business is assessing organizations’ business intelligence and data warehousing capabilities. In assessments we meet with business executives and IT staff to discuss what the business needs, and will need, from BI. We then contrast that with...

constitution

Do You Really Have Data Management Principles?

Looking back on the work we’ve done over the past few years I’ve come across an interesting point: while companies may have mature data management organizations (DMOs), few of these DMOs have a set of principles behind their data management visions. In other words, they’re building data...

Declining Business Sales

A Dumb Thing that 99 out of 100 Data Warehousers do

Is your terminology causing your BI / DW team to head in the wrong direction?   As a business intelligence and data warehousing consultant I constantly work with IT teams that, even internally, can’t agree on whether they have a data warehouse, a data mart, a reporting database, or something else....