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#8: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



There’s more to analytics than…

Although understanding data and developing statistical models is certainly an important component of an analytic project, this is just one aspect of analytics. This aspect includes cleaning data, enriching data, exploring data, developing features, building models, validating models, and iterating the process. From a broad… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on May 3, 2009 at 10:35pm — No Comments

#7: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



First, the decision

The first step is to focus BI and dashboard development on decisions, and this means identifying the decisions that your users must make, the questions to which they need answers, and then focusing on these like a laser. Data quality, data integration, timeliness should all be driven by the decision’s needs. This can be a challenge for… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 27, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

#6: Here’s a thought…

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



Trend analysis

Trend analysis in a multidimensional environment is simply using time as one of the dimensions that you are slicing and dicing your measures by. If you want to extrapolate from data, albeit in a visual (and possibly non-rigorous manner) to estimate future figures, then often a simple graph will suffice (something that virtually all BI tools will… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 19, 2009 at 8:31pm — No Comments

#5: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



The right feedback

Often today, in our information saturated world, the problem isn't getting feedback, but instead getting feedback in a way that it can be aggregated, managed and responded to in a reasonable fashion. Many of the current methods like email, forums, focus groups and forums simply don't meet the needs effectively. Either the cost is too high, it's… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 12, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

We're Looking for a Few Good Bloggers for SmartData Collective

The Smart Data Collective is the Data-Driven Enterprise Community. Discuss business intelligence, data mining, data warehousing, enterprise data, e-gov, data integration, CRM, predictive analytics, risk management, and anything else data-related!



If you have a blog already, join smartdatacollective.com as a member and featured blogger (which, I hasten to add, involves no additional work on your… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 5, 2009 at 10:18pm — No Comments

#4: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:



The future is now

If economic conditions improve in 2010, then the amount saved by releasing an employee may only be $50-100K by the time all the layoff costs are incurred. How can you put a price on replacing the inherent business knowledge of that staff member when you re-hire a replacement? It may take another year or two to get the replacement up-to-speed, and… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on April 5, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

#3: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:

Since the beginning of…

Believe it or not, the concept of data quality has been touted as important since the beginning of the relational database. The original concept of a relational database came from Dr. Edgar Codd, who worked for IBM in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Codd’s ideas about relational databases, storing data in cross-referenced tables, were…

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Added by Brian Roger on March 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Here's a Thought - BI Nuggets from SmartData Collective

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:


Who’s in charge here?
A recent survey of business and IT leaders carried out by Kalido shows that over two thirds of businesses have no clear data governance program, and have no plans to implement one — and 13% are unclear as to what data governance even is. The research also reveals that nobody knows…
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Added by Brian Roger on March 23, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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