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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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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Planning Value Created in 3 Steps

In my 38 years of working with companies I have often heard this complaint: “Our planning process is a complete waste of time.”  In fact, this opinion is so common I can only conclude that for many companies planning value has somehow gone off the rails and lost its whole purpose. So how do you…

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Deploying Modern Business Intelligence: Why Enterprise Still Matters

By François Ross Business intelligence (or whatever we call it now) is a critical component in consuming information for decision-making. There is no doubt that the technology landscape, deployment strategy, and tool selection have become far more complicated in the last couple of years. The "one size fits all" and platform normalization have become challenging…

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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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