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Beware the BI Demo

There’s a term that often describes many Business Intelligence product purchases.  And that’s, “A flash in the pan.”  That’s a saying we use to describe brief success that can’t be repeated. In the world of BI, Business Stakeholders are very often given demos that are just that… a flash in the pan. That is, the…
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Business Intelligence… still no pixie dust

The BI Problem Let me start by telling you a lie. If you buy the market leading Business Intelligence tool, you’ll be able to analyze all your data. Everybody will be able to get the data they need, when they need it. When you look at a customer it will show a 360° view of…
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Analytics = Fake News?

While meeting with an organization the other day we were discussing the purpose of the BI dashboards, reports, and Analytics. The organization had invested in building a trusted and integrated data warehouse which was well audited and confirmed to be the best version of the truth. However, the Business Intelligence content wasn’t getting the adoption…
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What is IoT?

For decades, manufacturers basically had a race to become the cheapest at what they produce, because they had little leverage when it came to differentiation. But as measurement devices and back end data systems have modernized; a whole new world of opportunity has opened up. This is because the manufacturer's products could be combined with…
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The Link Between Data & Culture

In pretty much every business presentation, you’re going to find the typical People, Process, and Technology categories to describe organizational improvement,  and indeed those three are really important focus points. But, at Intricity we believe there’s a 4th which most organizations have little to no focus on… Culture.  For many companies, they feel they can…
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10,000 Subscribers!

Intricity's Youtube channel passed the 10,000 subscriber mark, and it's at the cusp of generating its 2 millionth view. "Our channel doesn't hold a candle to cat videos", said Jared Hillam with a chuckle, "but for the topic of data management, it's the king of Youtube, and since every company in the world has data,…
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Security: Cloud vs Firewall

Imagine for a moment that you needed to hunt for food. If you’re looking down the scope of your gun and you see a whole bunch of mice scurrying would you consider trying to shoot one? Even if you were successful would it benefit you or be worth your time and effort? Of course not.…
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The Data/Culture Link

Small is beautiful Your organization is made up of tiny little decisions made every day by thousands of individuals. That's it! Seriously, that’s what makes up your company. Unless you’re some kind of futuristic company with no human employees or customers, that’s how your company realizes its accomplishments. Those small decisions add up to your…
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Reference Data Wrangling

Reference Data Management So what is reference data? Think of it as data that resides in your organization, but that you don’t own the standards and naming conventions of. For example, imagine one day you decided to lead all your postal codes with your store numbers. What would happen? Well, all the sudden, all your packages with…
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Accelerated ETL using BI Markup Language (Biml)

The ETL Drag A common complaint in the construction of a Business Intelligence (BI) solution is the length of time, and the associated cost with building the Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) routines to populate the associated data repositories (i.e., DataMart’s, Data Warehouse). Some estimates place this ETL development at up to 80% of the overall…
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