The Heart of Data Virtualization (Part 3)

Posted by Steve Cormier

10/13/15 11:14 PM

Part 3: Data Virtualization to the Rescue

In Part 2 of this article, we explored how creating a data warehouse meant buying hardware, and software, and managing it, and doing backups, and version upgrades, and having more DBA’s, and how something new was needed.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

The Heart of Data Virtualization (Part 2)

Posted by Steve Cormier

6/16/15 1:00 PM

Part 2: The re-emergence of process oriented design

In Part 1, we looked at how OOD/Normalized modeling came into being and how important it was to data efficiency and integrity. 

In this installment, we see how the process-oriented design approach has re-emerged in the Big Data culture, and how data virtualization helps restore OOD/Normalization order. 

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

What can your company learn from AirBnB and Uber?

Posted by Arlo Paranhos

12/17/14 6:44 PM

Inc. Magazine recently ran a cover story recognizing AirBnB as their 2014 Company of the year.  Just days later, the New York Times reported that Uber’s latest funding round values the privately held organization at $40 billion.  That’s all well and good if you need to rent a room or catch a ride, but what can your company learn from their success?

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence

Scorecards and Measures in Healthcare Continued...

Posted by Christian Franklin

1/8/14 8:30 AM

In my previous blog I discussed the importance of developing a thorough approach to your Business Intelligence (BI) strategy. I illustrated that it requires a lot of ground work up front. Once work on the approach is complete; we then need to define the scoring and scorecards. When we talk about scoring and scorecards, and measures in BI solutions we commonly hear terms such as actionable, Key performance Indicators (KPI’s), dashboards and metrics etc. These are all very valid and indeed necessary, but how do we get there?

Let’s begin by clarifying that scorecards and/or KPI’s are derived from corporate drivers, quality control, efficiency, and related optimization goals that a particular industry is focused on. Along with analytics, scorecards assist in aligning strategy and mission critical objectives in an organization. Scoring or using scorecards, with the proper design (created during the approach phase) will provide the key metrics, indicators and benchmarks needed to gain insight.

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Topics: Business Intelligence

Scorecards and Measures in Healthcare: Do They Improve Outcomes?

Posted by Christian Franklin

12/11/13 10:00 AM

This blog begins a series on how to utilize Business Intelligence (BI) and Scorecards to improve and impact healthcare outcomes.  This will not be an overly technical discussion but instead a business case and data driven conversation.  I will discuss the following areas:

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Topics: Healthcare, Business Intelligence

The Unglamorous, Dull, but Necessary Side of Business Intelligence

Posted by Christian Franklin

11/5/13 9:30 AM

When it comes to business intelligence the world of visualizations and dashboards are all the rage. Insight to data via the multitudes of visualization tools and solutions are numerous and exciting. This part of the solution is a vital piece for all business intelligence components and success. But behind the scenes is the real“secret sauce” in any successful business intelligence solution… core business requirements gathering and data quality assurance. While they aren’t nearly as glamorous or exciting to talk about these are the steps that turn data into an actionable decision support asset. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence