Best Practices
671 views

Report Governance is Key to Consistent Business Information

RickSherman - June 14, 2012

Much has been written about managing an enterprise BI Program and implementing data governance. Both of these are key ingredients to business value, but even with well-run…

Business Intelligence
904 views

BI M&A Continues with a Twist: QlikTech Acquires Expressor

RickSherman - June 13, 2012

QlikTech (QLIK), a leading independent business intelligence (BI) vendor, announced today it has acquired expressor (more…)

Business Intelligence
942 views

BI’s Dirty Secrets – The Unfortunate Domination of Manually-Coded Extracts

RickSherman - March 8, 2012

Manually-coded extracts are another dirty secret of the BI world. I’ve been seeing them for years, in both large and small companies. They grow haphazardly and are…

Commentary
885 views

Prepare for the Big-Data Labor Shortfall

RickSherman - January 26, 2012

Where are all the big-data people? A recent front-page article in the Boston Globe raised this very issue. (more…)

Business Intelligence
1305 views

BI’s Dirty Secrets – Why Business People are Addicted to Spreadsheets

RickSherman - January 19, 2012

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets are the top BI tool of choice. That choking sound you hear is vendors and IT people reacting viscerally when they confront this fact.…

Business Intelligence
1844 views

BI’s Dirty Secrets

RickSherman - January 13, 2012

The overwhelming amount of articles, seminars, white papers and product announcements on big data, predictive analytics, cloud and mobile business intelligence might make you think that every…

Business Intelligence
809 views

Connecting the Dots: Misunderstood Dimensional Models

RickSherman - January 12, 2012

One of the debates one hears when designing a data warehouse  is that it should be normalized. Specifically, they say to use a third normal form (3NF)…

Data Warehousing
929 views

MDM Goes Beyond the Data Warehouse

RickSherman - December 29, 2011

Enterprises are awash with data from customers, suppliers, employees and their operational systems. Most enterprises have data warehousing (DW) or business intelligence (BI) programs, which sometimes have…

Best Practices
842 views

Connecting the BI Dots: An Introduction

RickSherman - October 26, 2011

When I teach my master’s degree classes I use slides to present the theoretical, and then use workshops to illustrate how the theory applies to design and…

Collaborative Data
880 views

Data Integration Processes: It’s Not the Tool, It’s How You Use It

RickSherman - September 23, 2011

In my discussions with clients, prospects, students and networking with folks at seminars I am always asked about my opinion or recommendations on data integration and ETL…