How IBM built one of the world’s top digital agencies

How IBM built one of the world’s top digital agencies

Through a string of acquisitions and data-processing forces to be reckoned with, IBM IX has taken the lead in the world of digital marketing. A March 2017 Adweek report on tectonic shifts in the brand marketing ecosystem noted how professional services firms such as Accenture, Deloitte and PwC are muscling in on this space along with one well-known tech giant: IBM. …

How to Encourage Team Collaboration in an Agile BI Team

How to Encourage Team Collaboration in an Agile BI Team

People often misunderstand what makes agile methodology in a business intelligence system implementation successful. Too often, there is a focus on process and tools, but its true strength lies in enabling group collaboration. While it is a simplified waterfall approach with a shorter cycle, what makes agile methodology truly powerful is the level of collaboration that is introduced between teams …

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

The world of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics has existed for decades; what started as simple Business Analysis reporting in the late 1980s has evolved to today’s near real-time querying. Departments rely on BI to make daily decisions, and at the highest-level organizations turn to BI and data analytics to make strategic business decisions that can dramatically affect a …

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Today at the Data Amp event, we are announcing the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to our data platform in the cloud. Based on the proven analytics engine in SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Azure Analysis …

Why has Standalone Cloud BI Been Such a Tough Slog?

Why has Standalone Cloud BI Been Such a Tough Slog?

I remember when I left Business Objects back in 2004 that it was early days in the cloud.  We were using Salesforce internally (and one of their larger customers at the time) so I was familiar with and a proponent of cloud-based applications, but never felt great about BI in the cloud.  Despite that, Business Objects and others were aggressively …

Why you need a data hub for future-proofed BI

Why you need a data hub for future-proofed BI

Donald Farmer is the Principal of TreeHive Strategy and formerly the VP of Innovation at Qlik. So you have chosen a platform for Business Intelligence: flexible, usable, manageable, scalable: all those great abilities in one package. Soon you’ll integrate, visualize and collaborate across the company as never before. A consistent view of the data is at hand. You can see …

How is Centralized BI Benefiting the Finance Industry?

How is Centralized BI Benefiting the Finance Industry?

The use of Business Intelligence and smart data analytics has become a common practice. Financial organizations use Business Intelligence tools to create competitive advantages by driving profits and reducing risks. The financial world is in constant change and managers need alerts and notifications when data changes in their transaction systems. They need to be able to access data and keep …

4 Ways BI Can Help Prevent Harm in Healthcare

4 Ways BI Can Help Prevent Harm in Healthcare

As healthcare moves away from the traditional fee-for-service compensation and towards value-based care, preventing harm escalates in importance. Risk surrounds almost every aspect of healthcare, so it can be difficult or confusing to track all patients manually. In addition, it usually results in a reactive care process. With so many potential sources for harm, the question becomes: how can you …

Business Intelligence Analyst or Data Scientist? What's the Difference?

Business Intelligence Analyst or Data Scientist? What’s the Difference?

I am a huge Thomas Davenport fan. His book “Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning” was the first book to make organizations aware of the business potential of analytics, even prior to the craziness brought on by Big Data. I happened upon a recent article of his titled “Looking Outward with Big Data: A Q&A with Tom Davenport” …