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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What’s an OLAP???

Introduction On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) uses a multidimensional approach to organize and analyze business data. By storing data in highly optimized structures, businesses can very quickly explore the data and uncover important insights that would otherwise remain hidden. As a result, OLAP enables companies to achieve key organizational goals, including wide-ranging business intelligence and analytics. OLAP & Business Intelligence To explain…

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The Value of Visualization

The notion of data visualization has been around for years. Visualization provides a means by which you can gain insight into your data. For some, visualization can be a report that appears in their email inbox or on a web page. For others, it could be a grid of numbers with a chart in Excel. The key is…

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