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BI Predictions for 2015: 2 of 4

While different people will point to different times for the birth of business intelligence, I’ve always argued that BI started with the invention of writing.  Writing was invented, in part, as an accounting device.  How do I know how many cows I have?  How many did...

BI Predictions for 2015: 3 of 4

DW Appliances Move from Strategic Options to Tactical Ones   As noted earlier, big companies are experimenting with Hadoop and will eventually lean on it heavily.  Proponents usually describe two key benefits of Hadoop: its ability to handle unstructured data and its low price point.  The folks...

BI Predictions for 2015: 4 of 4

Cloud BI Opens the Field to Smaller & Smaller Organizations   Over the past year or two the number of software as a service business intelligence tools has exploded.  Some, like Microstrategy Cloud and Tableau Online, are offered as a repackaging of traditional BI tools.  Others, like...

BI Predictions for 2015: 1 of 4

While different people will point to different times for the birth of business intelligence, I’ve always argued that BI started with the invention of writing.  Writing was invented, in part, as an accounting device.  How do I know how many cows I have?  How many did...

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The Business Intelligence Sandbox

A few weeks ago I wrote about the idea that there are really only two uses for BI: analysis and business process improvement.  Today, let’s focus a bit more on analytic users / analysts.  In particular, let’s consider the concept of the data ‘sandbox’.  To...

You Can Only do Two Things With BI

I get a kick out of how vendors tout Business Intelligence. It’s usually something like, “Get more out of your data” OR “Don’t you want to be data driven?” OR “All the really cool companies are doing it, shouldn’t you?”  The problem is that this...