Category: Business Intelligence

Goldilocks guide to Enterprise Analytics

We all remember the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Through the process of elimination Goldilocks eventually finds an option that is “just right.” When it comes to Enterprise Software, companies have to go through the same bad experiences, but they often don’t find an option that is “just right.” Unfortunately for most organizations,…
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What is BI Metadata

If you’ve done any cooking, you’ve probably experienced what it's like to forget to add an ingredient or worse the wrong ingredient. It’s a disappointing experience because there isn’t much that can be done other than live with the bad tasting food or throw it away. Well it turns out that Precalculated Business Intelligence is…
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Should you trust the cloud?

We recently had a discussion with a financial services company which had several concerns about moving to the cloud. But surprisingly, these concerns did not come from the technical staff, but rather their business leaders. "I just don't trust it" was the statement from one of their executives. So, this article is for all those…
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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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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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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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