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Aug

Selecting the Right BI Toolset

As anyone who has looked into implementing a business intelligence solution knows, there are many options from which you can choose. There are big-name products, niche products, end-user focused tools, IT focused tools, data discovery and visualisation tools, predictive analytic tools, and much more. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  08 August 2013

Business Intelligence, BI


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10

Jul

SQL Server 2014: a review of the key new features

SQL Server 2014 CTP1 (Community Technology Preview) has been available for a couple of weeks now. Originally announced at TechEd in early June, it was made publicly available on June 25. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  10 July 2013

Cloud, Azure, SQL Server, SQL, BI, Power Query, SQL Server 2014


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12

Jun

The Reality of Universal Self-Service BI

For years, the pinnacle of BI for many has been dictated as self-service BI. I have read about it. I have heard presentations on it. I have given presentations on it and promoted it. But no matter how often it is discussed, promoted or advertised, one question remains – what is it? ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  12 June 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL, BI, Excel, Microsoft Power View, Qlikview, Reporting, Self-service BI, Tableau


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30

May

The big data equation

Much ado has been made about big data and the desire to “have” big data has extended from being just the domain of very large organisations to organisations of all sizes. This “big data” wave is increasingly desired but what, exactly, is big data? ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  30 May 2013

Data, Big Data, big data equation, big data investment


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12

Mar

The Paradox of Excel

A couple of weeks ago there was an article on newstatesman.com which had as its title, “Is Excel the Most Dangerous piece of Software in the World?” (Read the article here ). ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  12 March 2013

Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Microsoft, Power View, BI, Microsoft Excel, Office, Big Data, Excel, Excel 2013, Microsoft Office, VaR Model


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26

Feb

Right-Sizing Business Intelligence

A common phrase often heard in the United States when getting something to eat at a fast-food restaurant is: “Would you like to super-size that?” The size of the main component of the meal, the sandwich, does not change, but the size of the extras (soda, fries/chips) is increased, adding cost to the meal, increasing the time to eat and, for many people, adding additional weight to their bodies. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  26 February 2013

Business Intelligence, BI


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29

Jan

Is Business Intelligence Bad? Looking at BI from the “other” side

As a long-time business intelligence advocate, it has long been my belief that BI is good and BI should be everywhere. But is that truly the case? I look at business intelligence from one side of the coin but each coin has two sides. Can I take a holistic view of business intelligence and continue to assert that BI should be everywhere? Are there instances where – perish the thought – BI is bad? ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  29 January 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, BI, BI implementation advice, BI misalignment, BI side effects, Microsoft BI Partner, The BI process


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