Mobile is taking over the Business Intelligence (BI) world. So is the cloud. And Big Data, especially “unstructured” Big Data, is just beginning to revolutionize the ways that enterprises conduct their strategic planning. Those are a few headline results from a new Oracle study of the BI landscape in 2014. None of the findings is […]

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No branch of business operations has been more thoroughly transformed by the computer age than finance, the original “data-driven” business discipline. Successive technology revolutions have given rise to Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions that seek to provide not only a fuller view of financial numbers, but to place those numbers in broader context. A couple […]

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Figures don’t lie,  the old saying, but liars can figure. Put another way, even accurate and honest-in-itself data can be presented in misleading ways to support a less-than-honest result. To protect against data-rich lies, we must learn to understand the limitations of data and how it can be used – even inadvertently – to mislead. […]

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How many times have you read an article about data quality that uses the phrase “garbage in, garbage out”? It is almost a cliché, but when it comes to big data, there is no other phrase that better sums up the challenges faced by organizations that want to use data and use it well. Big […]

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For businesses in many industries, the role of chief data officer is something new. But it is a position that is becoming increasingly central to the way that businesses are run. Despite their importance to future success, many companies fail terribly in their allocation of duties to data officers – they have them doing the […]

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It is okay to have incomplete or inaccurate data in your system. That’s a statement that would make many business executives shudder. But in a sense it is true – a focus on accuracy and completeness without also looking at relevance can result in very unhelpful outcomes. What is the point of getting an accurate […]

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In the fast evolving and fast improving world of business analytics, big data has an increasing role to play in making intelligent business decisions. But not only is the role big data plays in your business intelligence analytics increasing, but so is the data itself. With an ever-increasing amount of metrics and data available to […]

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2015 is really the year that big data analytics is coming of age. Louis Columbus, writing in Forbes about the recent IDG Enterprise study, “2015 Big Data and Analytics, Insights Into Initiatives and Strategies Driving Data Investments,” provides us with some startling figures. Over the course of 2015, companies will be spending an average figure […]

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The effect of big data on business intelligence is huge.  And not just in terms of developing markets, building revenues or analysing consumer behaviour.  Steadily, and by increments, it is showing itself to be a huge boom to the back office and operational cost cutting.  Big data and good business intelligence are making big savings […]

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Despite the rocketing popularity of business intelligence and its proven significant ROI, nearly one third of companies think the cost is still prohibitive. However, in an article on Yurbi, 5000fish takes on the sensitive subject of just what exactly are the costs of that bells-and-whistles-BI? Six factors must be kept in mind with regards to […]

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