Grow Up! Mature Analytics

Competitive Advantage Even the most sophisticated technical solution can fail if put into production without thought to the reporting needs of the users. Without user input, the system will not meet user expectations. With a thoughtful approach, you can support user need and provide a competitive advantage. Add… time consuming and inaccurate XL models, mobility, collaboration…

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User Experience Meeting Line of Business Reporting Needs

Accomplishing with speed of thought We are spoiled, want everything now, want speed, and won't accept anything less. Call it competitiveness. Perhaps impatience. We have a need for speed. The evolution of files on the mainframe, to the relational database, to a cube, and the growth of spreadsheet usage along the way, innovation is borne…

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Traditional Data may Mean “Just Because”

A lesson in traditional data history… Once upon a time, we ran our businesses via mainframe computers. Essentially, these machines were a sort of massive server. Back then, traditional data meant files, lots and lots of files, because the databases we take for granted today, did not exist. These files, often referred to as data…

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What Are Analytics Definitions? Defining BI, EPM, and Analytics

What is an accurate analytics definition? In order to truly explain analytics, we need to first define two important, supporting subject areas - Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM).   Business Intelligence BI means different things to different people. For some people, BI is only the data warehouse. Others see BI as the dashboards or reports on…

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Why OLAP?

Introduction An effective OLAP solution solves problems for both business users and IT departments. For business users, it enables fast and intuitive access to centralized data and related calculations for the purposes of analysis and reporting. For IT, an OLAP solution enhances a data warehouse or other relational database with aggregate data and business calculations. In addition, by enabling…

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