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  • What It Takes to Be Data-Driven: Technologies and Practices for Becoming a Smarter Organization

    Gut instinct alone is not enough to enable decisions that will drive success. Most businesses today believe in the power of BI and analytics to help drive insight and value. TDWI research indicates that the vast majority of organizations are using technology such as visual analytics and BI dashboards to help them gain insight. However, gaining insight and using that insight to make decisions are often two different things. more

  • Evolution of the Data Lake—Implementing Real-Time Change Data in Hadoop

    A ten-fold increase in worldwide data by 2025 is one of many predictions about big data. With such growth rates in data, the “data lake” is a very popular concept today. Everybody touts their platform capabilities for the data lake, and it is all about Apache Hadoop. With its proven cost-effective, highly scalable, and reliable means of storing vast data sets on cost-effective commodity hardware regardless of format, it seems to be the ideal analytics repository. However, the power of discovery that comes with the lack of a schema also creates a barrier for integrating well-understood transaction data that is more comfortably stored in a relational database. Rapidly changing data can quickly turn a data lake into a data swamp. more

  • Putting Machine Learning to Work in Your Enterprise

    Everyone is talking about machine learning—software that can learn without being explicitly programmed, machine learning (and deep learning) can access, analyze, and find patterns in big data in a way that is beyond human capabilities. The technology is being used in a wide range of industries for use cases including fraud prevention, predicting crop yields, preventing and mitigating natural disasters, predictive maintenance of enterprise assets, and improving supply chain efficiencies. more

  • Accelerating the Path to Value with Business Intelligence and Analytics: A TDWI Best Practices Research Report

    Organizations of all sizes are in competition to realize value from data – and to realize it faster. To do so, they increasingly need flexible and agile business intelligence(BI), analytics, and data infrastructure, not systems that take too long to develop and do not give users the dynamic, iterative, and interactive access to data that they need. Fortunately, technology developments are trending in a positive direction for organizations seeking to accelerate their path to value with BI, analytics, and the critical supporting data infrastructure. These include self-service BI and visual analytics, self-service data preparation, cloud computing and software as a service(SaaS), and new data integration technologies. more

  • Database Strategies for Modern BI and Analytics

    The data universe has changed. Big data, cloud computing, and open source have dramatically expanded the number of data warehousing offerings available to today’s businesses. An increasing number of companies are implementing self-service business intelligence (BI) and visual analytics tools to access and make sense of all of the new and diverse sources of data their teams are consuming. Data literacy is changing equally fast as an increasing number of “data consumers” want to interact with data on their own rather than through IT. more

  • End Your Data Struggle: How to Seamlessly Analyze Disparate Data

    Many organizations today are struggling to get value from their data and advanced analytics initiatives. The struggle begins with data diversity, as organizations are trying to support new apps, customer channels, sensors, and social media outlets. Each source may have its own data structure, quality, and container (in the form of files, documents, messages). The struggle is exacerbated by the exploding volume of data that must be captured, processed, stored, and delivered to the right users in a state that is fit for their own individual needs. more

  • Rethinking Enterprise BI in a Self-Service World: Balancing User Freedom with Enterprise IT Responsibilities

    Both product and tech leaders have always recognized that business intelligence (BI) is most valuable when it is pervasive, contextual, and actionable. A new generation of solutions -- embedded BI – provides unprecedented power to weave reporting and analytics into the fabric of apps and business processes. more

  • Big Data and Data Science: Enterprise Paths to Success

    Big data and data science can provide a significant path to value for organizations. These technologies, methodologies, and skills can help organizations gain additional insight about customers and operations; they can help make organizations more efficient, be a new source of revenue, and make organizations more competitive. more

  • Data-centric Security- Seven Best Practices for Protecting Your Most Sensitive Data

    As organizations incorporate newer data strategies, they also need to consider data-centric security. Data-centric security focuses security controls on the data, rather than perimeter servers or other infrastructure or the network. The goal is to protect sensitive data where it is stored and where it moves. This is becoming increasingly important as organizations start to deal with big data and newer data management platforms and hybrid architectures that include Hadoop and the cloud. Yet, TDWI research suggests that organizations still seem to focus on perimeter security and on application centric security for sensitive data. They think they are focused on protecting their data, but the reality is that many organizations don’t classify their data or know where their sensitive data lives, much less how to protect it. more

  • Dynamic Metadata: Enabling Modern BI Architecture

    In a highly competitive market, today’s forward-looking organizations are seeking to optimize and modernize their IT investments, specifically in enterprise business intelligence (BI). There’s a strong push to capitalize on newer features such as self-service BI, advanced analytics, and customized visualizations—all of which relinquish the centralized data governance necessary for corporate and regulatory compliance. more

  • Big Data Management Best Practices for Data Lakes

    Organizations are pursuing data lakes in a fury. Organizations in many industries are attempting to deploydata lakes for a variety of purposes, including the persistence of raw detailed source data, data landing and staging, continuous ingestion, archiving analytic data, broad exploration of data, data prep, the capture of big data, and the augmentation of data warehouse environments. These general design patterns are being applied to industry and departmental domain specific solutions, namely marketing data lakes, sales performance data lakes, healthcare data lakes, and financial fraud data lakes. more


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