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7 Reasons Non-Analysts Should Understand Data Modeling

For many non-technical individuals in the business world, data modeling can seem like a strange and somewhat terrifying realm. Even those who are data-savvy and regularly consult and analyze data in their day-to-day operations will often view modeling as perplexing under-the-hood stuff that is best left to data analysts or IT staff.

To an extent, there’s some truth to this: advanced data modeling can quickly become a complicated affair (although the right business intelligence…


Added by Eran Levy on May 23, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

How to Define KPIs for Successful Business Intelligence

Realizing that you can only improve what you measure is a good way to think about KPIs. Often companies want to improve different aspects of their business all at once, but can’t put a finger on what will measure their progress towards overarching company goals. Does it come down to comparing the growth of last year to this year? Or, is it just about the cost of acquiring new customers?

If you’re nervously wondering now, “wait, what is my cost per deal”, don’t sweat…


Added by Eran Levy on February 18, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

How to Plan Your Next BI Project

A Three Step Guide for BI Professionals

Launching a new business intelligence initiative or project can be tricky: while we’re staunch believers in agile BI and quick wins, it’s important for both the BI person and the business executives to first align their needs and expectations, and to understand what the organizations hopes to achieve. The good news is, an efficient business analyst can get it done in a day or two.

After all, it makes sense that before you dive…


Added by Eran Levy on January 11, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Simple Analytics is Good for Business

A research paper by renowned consultancy Aberdeen Group reveals that “[data] complexity is often best answered with simplicity”. Several new surveys conducted by the group reveal some interesting findings with regards to the costs and benefits of using an integrated tool for data preparation, querying and visualization, as opposed to the “assembly line” approach of dividing these tasks between various proprietary DW, ETL and visualization tools.

The main finding is that…


Added by Eran Levy on December 21, 2015 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Know Your Data: The Data Complexity Matrix

Data environments are growing exponentially. IDC reports that compound annual growth in data through 2020 will be almost 50% per year. Not only is there more data, but there are more data sources. According to Ventana Research, 70% of organizations need to integrate more than 6 disparate data sources. At the same time, the value of unlocking that data and using it to make business decisions is also increasing. For the business user, understanding this complex data and unlocking its potential…


Added by Eran Levy on November 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How Much Should Business Intelligence Cost?

This article was originally published here and has been republished with permission.

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing for a productive year--which for many businesses means confronting their big and scary data. In fact, “organizing scattered and large data sets” is one of the top business challenges that companies are desperate to resolve in the upcoming…


Added by Eran Levy on October 20, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

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