Business intelligence best practices
- July 01, 2020
Organizations' lack of confidence in their ability to understand and use data to make decisions blocks their efforts to become data-driven.
- March 31, 2020
While most employees see the benefits of data to drive decision-making, many still resist analytics, according to a report from analytics database management vendor Exasol.
- September 04, 2019
Relevant data is hard for organizations to find, Talend CEO Mike Tuchen says. So is mining the right data amid the complexity that large data stores have created.
- September 04, 2019
Enterprises can't do good business intelligence without good data. In the first part of a two-part Q&A Talend CEO Mike Tuchen talks about how hard mining the right data can be.
- August 02, 2019
Organizations have to map out ethical boundaries for data mining and analytics applications, according to participants in a roundtable discussion on data and ethics.
- April 24, 2019
Experts detail the skills employers want most in data scientists -- notably machine learning and programming languages -- and why often the most valuable expertise comes with time.
- July 02, 2018
At the Real Business Intelligence conference, Airbnb and Univision execs presented some of the BI strategies their organizations use to help drive growth and cut costs.
- March 23, 2018
Ethical data collection practices are becoming even more important, as cases like Cambridge Analytica's misuse of Facebook data challenge consumer trust in enterprise analytics.
- March 28, 2017
Self-service BI tools have become the go-to standard for business intelligence software, but users are pushing vendors to rethink how they address enterprise needs and advanced analytics.
- March 17, 2017
A lot of factors go into a choosing a strong, modern BI tool. But several users say ease of use trumped all other considerations for them in picking self-service software.
- March 08, 2017
Data scientists at companies such as LinkedIn and Cisco are applying aspects of the scientific method to data mining and analysis initiatives to try to make sure they get valid results.
- February 06, 2017
Good instincts used to drive successful business strategies, but intuition just can't cut it in the age of big data.
- February 06, 2017
Deploying and using predictive modeling tools without heeding best practices doesn't guarantee analytics success, a fact that many analytics managers and election forecasters know all too well.
- October 06, 2016
Data scientists at Capital One and BuildingIQ use data visualizations to help guide their efforts in developing, training and modifying predictive models for use in advanced analytics applications.
- February 05, 2016
At the 2016 TDWI Executive Summit in Las Vegas, business intelligence managers detailed moves by their organizations to embrace self-service BI tools -- and the benefits that followed.
- January 29, 2016
A new report from Dresner Advisory Services says businesses see increased value in location intelligence software, but products need to improve.
- January 14, 2016
A data-driven company tends to outperform its competitors, but the asset protection process rarely drives continued evolution of analytics capabilities. Grocery chain Weis Markets is the exception.
- December 21, 2015
In an excerpt from his book on BI development and delivery, author Greg Steffine explains why it's important to focus BI initiatives on enabling the business to respond quickly and nimbly to situations.
- December 21, 2015
Organizational alignment and teams of BI evangelists who are hyper-responsive to user needs are key to improving business intelligence processes, according to author and BI manager Greg Steffine.
- December 01, 2015
Employees who have BI and big data jobs are feeling pretty good about them, according to TechTarget's 2015 salary survey. High pay and strong job prospects are a couple reasons why.
- October 30, 2015
Getting business users to move away from spreadsheets toward dashboards can be challenging, but pays off in the end when departments collaborate more.
- October 28, 2015
Modern data visualization tools offer no shortage of data dashboard design options, but Tableau users said that knowing how to use them effectively is key to dashboard adoption.
- July 30, 2015
Change is always hard, but at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, giving business users personalized tools helps reduce the stress of completing BI reports in a new way.
- July 28, 2015
Balancing data access and security in an organization isn't the most glamorous task, but several chief data officers at an MIT conference said it's something CDOs need to take charge of.
- June 26, 2015
Employers may have trouble finding data scientists and other analysts with all the technical skills they want, but some are starting to zero in on general abilities that can lead to analytics success.
- May 29, 2015
Two new reports from Dresner Advisory Services assess the features that users are looking for in BI tools and which vendors are delivering.
- May 26, 2015
Everyone knows executive support for analytics initiatives is important, but CEOs are starting to get behind analytics like never before.
- March 25, 2015
The adoption of self-service BI and analytics tools continues to grow. But understanding how to support their use is a must -- and that starts with a solid architecture for analytics.
- March 20, 2015
Fundraising for charitable organizations can be extremely competitive, so some nonprofits are turning to self-service BI to help gain an edge in attracting donors and improving operations.
- March 04, 2015
Creating and enforcing data governance policies is a must in self-service BI initiatives, but a collaborative approach can avoid stifling users -- and produce good analytics results.
- February 16, 2015
In a Q&A, consultant Rick Sherman discusses operational business intelligence and offers advice to companies looking to use the approach to manage their operations more effectively.
- February 06, 2015
IT observers caution organizations against data for data’s sake, urging instead a focus on the best technology for the business problem at hand.
- March 05, 2014
There are risks to be aware of when business users take responsibility for self-service business intelligence, but there are ways to mitigate them.
- December 19, 2013
In a Q&A, author David Loshin details how business intelligence managers can enhance BI success, from building dashboards to demonstrating value.
- September 25, 2013
In order to improve business decision making, some consultants say companies need to embrace operational business intelligence tools and processes.
- May 08, 2013
BI Leadership Roundtable Webcasts
- May 03, 2013
In a podcast, BI expert William McKnight discusses best practices and action items for managing deployments of mobile business intelligence tools.
- April 30, 2013
In an interview, TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson explains why there's more to self-service BI success than putting tools in the hands of business users.
- November 16, 2012
Building a BI architecture is no easy task, but a reference guide can answer questions when crafting a road map.
- August 27, 2012
Giving analytics professionals control of small amounts of space in data warehouses lets them experiment with data sets in a managed environment.
- August 06, 2012
Industry analyst Colin White is tired of all the talk about the three V's of "big data." He instead wants to focus on the use cases -- the analytics -- of big data.
- August 03, 2012
Data scientists are hot, but, according to Teradata's Bill Franks, hiring one means asking different questions than you would a statistician or data modeler.
- July 12, 2012
Mobile BI continues to revel in popularity. But to take advantage of the technology, businesses need to make sure their data houses are in order, a Gartner analyst says.
- April 09, 2012
Data quality issues, insufficient budgets and other technical and business problems can trip up unwary organizations on deployments of in-memory analytics tools, consultants warned.
- February 23, 2012
Business users turn to data discovery vendors like Tibco, Tableau and QlikTech for easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy analytics tools, much to the chagrin of IT, according to Gartner.
- January 12, 2012
In an interview, analytics and data mining consultant John Elder offers advice on managing successful predictive modeling initiatives and a head’s up on common mistakes to avoid.
- January 10, 2012
To generate useful predictive analytics results, predictive modeling teams need a combination of analytical and business know-how plus close ties to business users, say analytics pros and consultants.
- January 04, 2012
Midmarket companies investing in BI systems should follow the same basic steps as larger organizations, analysts say. But, they caution, there's typically less room for error in smaller businesses.
- January 01, 2012
A shortage of skilled data scientists and a user-unfriendly set of technologies are the biggest obstacles impeding big data analytics programs, say analysts and IT professionals.
- December 06, 2011
"Big data" analytics grapples with huge data sets coming at a quickening pace. Read about one company's move toward a big-data architecture and Gartner's view of challenges posed by more data variety.
- November 29, 2011
Unleashing “big data” onto predictive analytics tools could translate into improved business strategies. Discover best practices for traveling down the advanced analytics and big data road.
- September 26, 2011
When selecting a database system for use in a mixed query environment, it is important to carefully evaluate the workload management capabilities of the product.
- August 30, 2011
While conventional business intelligence drills into historical data, big-data analytics often adds a forward-looking dimension in an effort to help users unlock predictive insights.
- June 20, 2011
New types of business intelligence technology, including SaaS BI and open source BI tools, might be a good fit for small and medium-sized businesses. But there are tradeoffs to consider.
- June 14, 2011
This article presents some new signs that business intelligence environments may be in peril, in the process offering a checklist for success in 2007.
- May 24, 2011
Yahoo, a Gartner BI Excellence Award finalist, has developed a system targeted at optimizing banner advertisements through data management and analytics.
- May 17, 2011
Initial findings from new MIT research show that companies with data-driven decision making environments had 4% higher productivity and 6% higher profits than other businesses did.
- April 01, 2011
New evidence reveals mobile business intelligence is gaining momentum -- and highlights a surprising trend.
- March 25, 2011
Read about real-time business intelligence projects at several companies and find out how the technology is helping them and what kind of challenges they faced in deploying it.
- March 17, 2011
Real-time business intelligence can speed up and improve decision making. But it isn’t right for everyone. Find out what to consider before building a real-time BI system.
- February 23, 2011
SAP today unveiled BusinessObjects 4.0, the highly anticipated update to its flagship BI and analytics platform.
- September 20, 2010
Poor data quality topped the list of most common obstacles standing between companies and successful business intelligence deployments, according to the BI Survey 9.
- July 27, 2010
By focusing on just a handful of key performance indicators (KPIs), execs at York Wallcovering dramatically increased BI user adoption and saved millions.
- July 13, 2010
For large enterprises with multiple business divisions, a one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence rarely fits the bill, according to Gartner.
- June 22, 2010
The term ‘cloud analytics’ means different things to different people. To gain any advantage from it, organizations must first agree on a definition, according to Gartner.
- June 18, 2010
Companies that don’t get a handle on spreadsheet management risk dooming their BI and CPM projects that rely on Excel.
- June 11, 2010
Newly emerging collaborative decision making software platforms should help ensure that BI deployments really do lead to better business decisions.
- June 07, 2010
Learn about healthcare business intelligence project teams and the key IT roles that a BI team needs to include in order to succeed on deployments of healthcare BI software.
- June 01, 2010
Get tips on how to improve business intelligence performance with the help of BI automation. You’ll learn about the value of BI automation, potential roadblocks and more.
- April 14, 2010
Gartner analysts and BI Summit attendees said efforts to stop Excel business intelligence uses are futile.
- January 04, 2010
The addition of business intelligence (BI) capabilities to BPM software could make the automation of business processes more intelligent and, ultimately, more efficient.
- December 01, 2009
Get business intelligence (BI) project management tips to help ensure a successful implementation. Learn how to gather user requirements, prevent scope creep, overcome common PM challenges and more.
- November 16, 2009
At the fall 2009 TDWI World Conference, keynote speaker Cindi Howson shared her seven secrets to business intelligence success. Read these BI tips to find out whether your company is doing all it can to get the most out of its BI system.
- September 17, 2009
In this report on business intelligence in retail, learn about retail industry challenges, and case studies of how retailers are implementing and managing BI.
- September 17, 2009
In this report on business intelligence in financial services, learn about BI challenges in financial services and how banks are implementing and managing BI.
- March 03, 2009
Richard Phillips describes the automation of clinical trials and describes a solution that is mostly possible with today's technologies and standards - with one big "if."
- July 09, 2008
Learn how to find, qualify and hire business intelligence (BI) professionals. Get a list of core questions to ask candidates, and learn the biggest mistake to avoid when filling BI jobs.
- April 07, 2008
Howard Dresner lends his take on the business intelligence market from the floor of the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago.
- April 01, 2008
The success of business intelligence increasingly depends on how well BI is embedded within business processes, said a keynote speaker at the Gartner BI Summit.
- March 25, 2008
A properly implemented business intelligence framework allows the enterprise to use business rules and repeatable processes to automate many routine regulatory tasks, effectively aligning the requirements with enterprise processes.
- March 13, 2008
Business intelligence (BI) investments don't naturally lend themselves to an easily calculable ROI, but measuring the value of BI is possible, according to Gartner's Bill Hostmann.
- January 17, 2008
This article examines the top three enablers of business intelligence scalability: holistic data models, technology tools, and a combination of people and processes.
- January 10, 2008
This article describes a rigorous, audit-based approach to achieving business intelligence excellence.
- May 03, 2007
Listen to a podcast with HP vice president, Ben Barnes discussing Hewlett-Packard's business intelligence strategy and HP Neoview data warehouse.
- March 21, 2007
The future of business intelligence in the enterprise may lie in the convergence of serious games with virtual worlds.
- March 20, 2007
This article describes the use of detailed and specific business information about customers' past purchasing behavior to grow revenue and retain profitable customers.
- March 02, 2007
Analysts from Gartner and Bloor, and an experienced end user, recommend best practices for calculating the hard ROI metrics and soft benefits of BI investments.
- October 05, 2006
This article presents Oracle RAC and its use as a multiterabyte warehousing solution.
- October 03, 2006
With a matrix, data can be grouped and structured in ways that are not possible in a standard report table, but does this result in too much of a good thing?
- August 31, 2006
What is business process visibility - and how is it achieved?
- July 18, 2006
Business intelligence must be transmitted, communicated and shared in order to be useful and actionable.
- April 06, 2006
When properly and thoughtfully implemented, e-government benefits both the government and its citizens.
- January 23, 2006
For organizations to effectively eliminate confusion, they must employ standard definitions to describe simple business rules.
- November 15, 2005
Business intelligence can mean the difference between staying relevant or becoming obsolete.
- October 26, 2005
Much like the physical therapy process, business intelligence and data warehousing can use Deming's "Plan, Do, Study, Act" cycle for improving performance.
- October 24, 2005
Manufacturing companies are beginning to realize that they cannot contain the increasing need to deliver more insightful business intelligence across their supply chain operations.
- October 11, 2005
History of BLAST and the key issues surrounding its use in sequence analysis.
- August 17, 2004
Business Intelligence - You know you need it but how do you get started?