Business Intelligence Journal
The Business Intelligence Journal is an in-depth, unbiased information resource for data management and anlytics professionals. This quarterly publication provides fresh ideas and perspectives to help organizations operate more intelligently. It provides actionable insight on how to plan, build, and deploy business intelligence and data warehousing solutions. The Business Intelligence Journal is exclusively for TDWI members.
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June 12, 2019
Despite enterprises' attempts to adjust to a rapidly changing business landscape, many of yesterday’s problems remain front and center. What worked in the past is often outdated today. In this issue, we focus on modern-day solutions for age-old problems, from staffing and executive support to teamwork and skills development.
January 22, 2019
This issue of the Business Intelligence Journal looks at a variety of ways that speed—speed of response through data sampling, speed of design through agile data governance, and more—can contribute to the health and welfare of your enterprise.
June 11, 2018
Best seller lists have long been populated by business books explaining how to be a better leader or how to get things done. In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal, we look at the characteristics of a good analytics leader and the new technologies these leaders must understand so users can be more efficient and enterprises can achieve more.
December 20, 2017
Readers repeatedly tell us that they often learn the most by reading about what colleagues are doing. Although you’re interested in technologies, you’re also interested in seeing that technology in action. This issue is filled with real-world case studies and theories put into practice.
September 28, 2017
It’s a common failing. With so much to be done and so little time to do it, the processes and procedures for closing out projects cleanly can sometimes be neglected. Though the kudos for cleaning up are few, the tasks are critical. A pair of this issue’s articles will explain why.
May 22, 2017
Psychologists know that the hardest thing to change is someone’s mind—even when it’s your own. Established practice and engrained habit can be powerful forces to overcome. However, this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal might give you a few reasons to do just that.
February 27, 2017
There’s never enough time to do it right but there’s always enough time to do it over. In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal we look at best practices -- including ways to manage teams -- that can help you get things right the first time.
December 14, 2016
Communication is vital to BI project success and project management is the subject of several articles in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal. This issue also takes a look at safety and security from several different points of view.
September 14, 2016
No matter how advanced your technology stack, BI success is as much about people and processes as it is about processing speed. This issue of the Business Intelligence Journal takes a closer look at several different ways to solve the people problems that occur in data management and analytics programs, from improving inefficient organizational structures to saving a faltering self-service initiative.
June 13, 2016
Customers are constantly looking for what’s fresh, what’s innovative—what’s new. In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal we look at what’s new in the enterprise for BI: new cultures and mindsets, new technologies, and new ways of working.
March 11, 2016
If your enterprise isn’t always looking for better ways to do things, you won’t move or stay ahead. In this issue of the
Business Intelligence Journal we look at companies and the moves they’re making, as well as moves you can make in your own environment.
December 7, 2015
Getting in while getting it right. That’s the focus of this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
September 14, 2015
When you face a problem, do you look for innovative solutions? Do you look for new ways to think about an issue, think about new methods or technologies, or consider new approaches to getting the work done? Download this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal to examine several innovative ways to tackle problems and look at some of the innovation solutions that may help you solve some of the BI user’s biggest problems.
June 15, 2015
It’s rare to be faced with a black or white, either/or choice. So it is, too, in this issue issue’s Experts’ Perspective column. Download the issue for our experts' varied approaches to a problem. Plus, examine the role of BI director; explore data warehouse design for big data; and read several use cases for big data analytics. In addition, Barry Devlin takes a new look at conceptual- and logical-level architectures.
March 16, 2015
Download this issue and learn which data-related technologies are attracting more interest in the age of big data; learn about the intersection of technologies that allow us to work with data in the cloud; find out whether big data spells the end of traditional data warehouse architecture; and more.
December 8, 2014
Download this issue and learn why revenue management is driving new big data and BI initiatives; how to formulate your company’s big data strategy; whether we still need data modeling in the age of big data; how a BI staff can become more business oriented; and more.
September 15, 2014
Find out why MIS graduates are the ideal choice for BI positions; learn how to efficiently use resources such as hard disks, RAM, and CPU to enable strong analytics performance; read our experts' recommendations for big data projects; and more.
June 16, 2014
Put the customer first. The customer is king. Keep the customer satisfied. Those
familiar adages ring especially true in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
March 17, 2014
In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal, we look at “big” and “small” from a variety of perspectives--from big data to BI on mobile devices. Plus, learn how game theory can be applied to data governance, about the rise of the BI smart machine, and more.
December 9, 2013
Download this issue to learn best practices for IT and business users in big data projects; how to fill the demand for data scientists; how to align business strategy with BI capabilities; and more.
September 16, 2013
In this issue, you'll find out why big data is the fourth generation of data management and learn how to maximize insight from unstructured data. Plus, our experts look at real-time data warehousing, the future of master data management, data governance, and other timely, trending topics. In addition, the TDWI Best Practices Awards winners are announced.
June 17, 2013
This issue features a look at managing ethics in BI, which is becoming an important new concern. We also reveal insights on hiring for BI and analytics—where can you find top talent? Our experts delve into forging an IT/business partnership, and much more.
March 18, 2013
Download this issue to learn six practical steps for integrating and acting on social media. Our authors also reveal the keys to making self-service BI sustainable, and they take a hard look predictive analytics, in-memory analytics, and analytic platforms. You'll also read about mobile BI, Hadoop for big data, career advice, and the philosophy of postmodern BI.
December 10, 2012
In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal, you'll learn the necessary skills for advanced analytics. Do you have what it takes? We also look at BI dashboard development from both a practical and an agile perspective; present tips from four experts on implementing mobile apps for the first time; examine data “government” models for healthcare; and more.
September 17, 2012
One for all and all for one! In this issue, learn about soft skills (read: people skills) for professional success; collaborative, team-based decision making; and how to attract and retain new analytics talent. You'll also learn about business analytics requirements and characteristics and take a detailed look at pragmatic testing. Finally, review the industry's most successful implementations in our annual TDWI Best Practices Awards winners announcement.
June 18, 2012
This issue takes you through the ABCs of the latest trends ... from advanced analytics, to appliances, to big data, to context for intelligence. Read this issue and learn how to use big data in regulatory compliance; how to deal with the new data scientists in our midst; how to do BI/DW on a limited budget; and more.
March 19, 2012
Democratic Analytics: Learn how two organizations succeeded in putting BI in users’ hands.
The 2020 Workplace: “Swarming,” “hyperconnectedness,” and other BI trends of the future.
Strong Leadership: Why it’s essential for data integrity.
December 5, 2011
Exploring the power of master data management with social media data; moving to real-time BI; pervasive BI; agile project management; and more.
September 12, 2011
This quarter, our exclusive collection of the best thought pieces in the industry features tips on moving toward real-time data warehousing; pointers on knowledge management and documentation; expert perspectives on infrastructure for advanced analytics; and more.
June 20, 2011
Learn how a transportation company implemented an innovative, real-time mobile BI solution with a strong ROI; how the Cincinnati Zoo used analytics to tame its data; and how geospatial BI is helping businesses keep pace with mobile customers. PLUS: Our cover story explains how the application of game mechanics will change BI for the better.
March 21, 2011
Knowledge is power. The question is, do you have the right knowledge? This issue, we look at business analytics, structured/unstructured data, visual reporting, success factors for BI/DW, and more.
December 6, 2010
When times get tough, the tough get going—and they do their homework. In this issue, we look beyond the intelligence we can gather about our customers and focus on gathering intelligence about our competitors. PLUS: Balanced scorecards, Web personalization for customers, agile data warehousing techniques, and more.
September 13, 2010
In our lead story, senior editor Hugh J. Watson reminds us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He proposes eight tried and true guidelines that he says have stood the test of time. Watson may be on to something. There’s a reason classic recommendations are, well, classic. For example, in this issue our BI experts found a common, familiar theme in suggesting how a new BI director can reestablish credibility when proposing a centralized approach to BI: they highlight the critical need for an executive sponsor.
June 14, 2010
In good economies and bad, the secret to success is to meet your customers’ or clients’ needs. Your enterprise has to respond to changing conditions and emerging trends, and it has to do so quickly. Your organization must be, in a word, agile.
March 22, 2010
There’s no such thing as too much communication—except, perhaps, for junk mail. In the articles featured in this issue, we explore how communication is key to your BI success.
December 7, 2009
For years, business users felt that IT held them hostage. Projects seemed to take forever, weren't exactly what users wanted when they were installed, and the queue of BI projects just seemed to grow and grow ... and grow. In this issue we examine several technologies that have helped change all that.
August 31, 2009
In journalism school, we were taught to explain “five Ws and an H” in every story we wrote: who, what, when, where, why, and how. We’ve applied that principle to this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
June 1, 2009
In tough economic times, enterprises are tempted to cut costs wherever possible. There’s a greater push to spend money only on those items that can provide a rapid and clear return on investment. “What’s the benefit?” is a familiar refrain in budget meetings these days, and identifying (and advocating for) BI’s benefits is the focus of several articles in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
March 23, 2009
While having a strong network helps you land an interview at a prospective employer, it’s your skill set that will keep you there and help you advance. Skills are the focus of two articles in this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal.
December 8, 2008
The more things change, the more BI practitioners adjust. It isn’t easy sometimes, and often we find ourselves kicking and screaming in protest. In this issue we look at a variety of changes in store for anyone supporting or using BI technology.
September 15, 2008
The last thing we need to do in our busy lives is reinvent the (BI) wheel. In many organizations, things seem to be going smoothly—after all, many of the data warehouses and BI solutions deployed over the past 15 years have evolved from serving small departments to providing insight across the enterprise. Certainly that spells success, doesn’t it?
June 20, 2008
IT and business users often seem to be miles apart when it comes to understanding how to achieve a successful business intelligence project. In this issue we examine ways that these diverse groups can build a bridge over very troubled waters.
March 17, 2008
Change—yes, we dread it, but when it comes to getting IT support for reports and analysis, sometimes it seems change can’t come fast enough. In this issue of the Business Intelligence Journal we look at change and how it has affected the ways we use business intelligence tools and technology.
December 10, 2007
Dashboards help you get where you want to go; measure the right things, then visually simplify the complexity your end users must deal with while maintaining the data’s believability.
September 7, 2007
There’s no question that BI answers ad hoc queries and provides timely input to end users’ decisions. In this issue of the Journal, we take one giant step back. Instead of focusing on the answers, we look at some tough questions.
June 7, 2007
I remember the first time I used a search engine. I was amazed at the number of “hits” returned, but I was even more impressed by the speed with which Yahoo! could find (or at least get close to) what I wanted. Over the years, I learned how to improve the likelihood of finding exactly what I wanted, and which search engines were best at different types of queries. If only BI search were as easy!
April 9, 2007
In this issue we take a closer look at the 3Ms of data. No, I’m not talking about the company that makes those sticky notes affixed to your monitor (with data from phone numbers to shopping lists). I’m talking about modeling, managing, and merging.