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  • Don't get distracted by new database technology

    Today's post-relational databases have sleek designs and promise fast performance -- but if they don't suit your business needs, they're not worth it.

  • In-memory databases: The golden ticket to deeper analyses?

    Historically, in-memory databases have been seen as a niche technology. As in-memory processing becomes less expensive and more mainstream, however, potential uses are expanding. And, with the promise of deeper data analysis -- and, better business benefits -- IT professionals' ears are pricking up. Still, for many organizations it's going to be a matter of if, and not when, to proceed with implementation.

    To that end, SearchDataManagement editors have compiled a three-part guide to in-memory database trends, serving up expert advice on evaluating, deploying and managing the technology. Readers can expect an in-depth look at whether in-memory appliances such as SAP's HANA and Oracle's Exalytics devices are changing the nature of what in-memory database technology can be used for. Next, News and Site Editor Jack Vaughan offers a rundown of the kinds of applications that are a good fit for in-memory databases, with tips on how to decide if the technology is right for your organization. We close with key insight into the capabilities and potential uses of new in-memory options being released for mainstream relational databases.

  • Mobile best practices for BI: Project management dos and don'ts

    Forrester analysts Boris Evelson and Michael Facemire discuss what to do, and not do, in deploying mobile business intelligence applications.

  • Loshin: Keys to managing better business intelligence programs

    In a Q&A, author David Loshin details how business intelligence managers can enhance BI success, from building dashboards to demonstrating value.

  • Defining and using KPIs in a successful business intelligence system

    In this book excerpt, author David Loshin discusses how to select key performance indicators and turn data into actionable knowledge for BI success.

  • Lesson from rollout: Get business and IT alignment right

    The problems with the website show that IT-business alignment is key in large projects. Is your BI team on the same page with users?

  • A critical BI challenge: Reconciling opposites

    Business intelligence managers are often faced with seemingly contradictory demands, writes TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson -- and that calls for an open mind, not a rigid approach.

  • Six misconceptions about deploying BI applications and systems

    Faulty project management assumptions can limit the effectiveness of business intelligence tools. Don't let them lower your return on BI investments.

  • What location technology, and location intelligence, can do for you

    In today's mobile and data-rich world, there are an increasing number of ways location intelligence initiatives can generate business value.

  • Location data finds a home in mobile business intelligence apps

    The combination of location intelligence and mobile BI tools can help users take analytics into the field, but there are challenges to be aware of.

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  • normal distribution

    A normal distribution is an arrangement of a data set in which most values cluster in the middle of the range and the rest taper off symmetrically toward either end.  A graphical representation of a normal distribution is sometimes called a bell curve because of its flared shape.  

  • Gartner hype cycle

    The hype cycle is a graphical representation of the life cycle stages a technology goes through from conception to maturity and widespread adoption. The hype cycle is a branded tool created by Gartner, an information technology (IT) research and consultancy company.  However, the hype cycle’s stages are often used as reference points in marketing and technology reporting.

  • incidence

    Incidence, in statistics, is the rate of occurrence of something within a population, or the number of times it occurs. The rate of incidence is usually expressed as a fraction, for example, 48 cases of measles out of a population of 750. It may also be expressed as a percentage, however.

  • Events report: Information Builders Summit 2013, graph databases and more

    SearchDataManagement editors discuss the Information Builders user conference and two other events; topics include graph databases and 'data artists.'

  • From 4GLs to HTML5 desktop apps: Bringing data to the masses

    Advocating wider access to data, speakers at the Information Builders Summit 2013 traced a journey from 4GL tools to HTML5 desktop apps and beyond.

  • inductive reasoning

    Inductive reasoning is a logical process in which multiple premises, all believed true or found true most of the time, are combined to obtain a specific conclusion. Inductive reasoning is often used in applications that involve prediction, forecasting, or behavior.

  • deductive reasoning

    Deductive reasoning is a logical process in which a conclusion is based on the accordance of multiple premises that are generally assumed to be true.

  • location intelligence (LI)

    Location intelligence (LI) is a business analysis tool capability that enables companies to gather geographic- and location-related data to better understand global, regional and local business trends.

  • Nicole Laskowski, News Editor

    Nicole Laskowski covers business intelligence, analytics and corporate performance management topics for

  • Departmental BI dashboarding needs enterprise view

    Align departmental business intelligence dashboards with enterprise business intelligence (BI) and corporate strategy to avoid data silos.

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