2015: The Year of the Data Scientist

2015 Year of Data Scientist

Data science is no longer a niche area. When I first told my friends that I worked with Data Scientists two years ago, their reaction was ‘who?’ Today it is a widely understood and accepted term. In fact, HBR described it as the ‘sexiest job in the world’ as far back as 2012. So what […]

The 10 Most Important BI Stories of 2014

Top BI Stories of 2014

2014 was a big year for business intelligence. From the emergence of new technologies to game-changing mergers and acquisitions in the industry, there was no shortage of compelling developments in the field. With the New Year now underway, we took a look back at some of the most compelling and widely shared business intelligence stories […]

How BI Is Like Fried Chicken

Why BI Is Like Fried Chicken

One of my colleagues made an offhand comment the other day that stuck with me. We were talking about dashboards, and he said (paraphrasing here) that dashboards can be bad for users. Given that our employer makes and markets products for creating BI dashboards, his statement bordered on treason. But then he went on to […]

Governed Data Discovery: What You Need to Know

Governed Data Discovery

Governed Data Discovery is one of the trending buzzword of 2014. The term made its debut in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant Report. Gartner first popularized the term data discovery  and now is adding governed to the term. While it forms a great acronym, GDD, the clear question here is what does Governed Data Discovery actually mean? […]

Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: What’s The Difference?

Business Analytics vs Busienss Intelligence

Business intelligence and business analytics…aren’t they the same thing? Or are they describing opposite processes? There are a lot of big words that get thrown around in the world of BI, and it’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of interpretation. Trending Terminology The diversity of opinion reflects the fluidity of how we understand […]

The Future of Data Warehousing: 7 Industry Experts Share Their Predictions

Future of Data Warehousing

The days of using spreadsheets to manage a company’s data are long gone. The big data revolution has brought profound changes to how companies collect, store, manage, and analyze their data. Advances in data warehousing have empowered companies to take millions of rows of disparate bits of information and generate on-demand, real-time insights to help make smarter, data-driven […]

History of Business Intelligence

history of business intelligence

Business intelligence existed before technology. Today it’s understood as a set of analyses that derive value and insight from data. Richard Millar Devens’ 1865 work, Cyclopaedia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes contains the first known usage of the term “business intelligence.” He uses it to describe the way that a banker, Sir Henry Furnese, succeeded: […]

Mobile BI: 6 Key Ingredients for Success

Making BI Mobile

For years, pundits have told us that mobiles would replace many business laptops – and the market is proving them right. A glance at the news shows that devices are growing in size and capability: The new iPhone 6 Plus with its oversize 5.5-inch screen made a huge splash last week, and next month the […]

The Future of BI: Simplicity

Future of BI Simplicity

Industry Expert Steven Schneider Discusses the Rise of “Easy BI” Business intelligence is complex. Sometimes, it’s too complex. For those new to the game, it can be hard to understand what BI can do. Even experienced users sometimes struggle to understand the potential of BI. And others familiar with the benefits of BI often lack […]

Fighting Crime with Data: How Law Enforcement is Leveraging Big Data Analytics to Keep Us Safe


Information catches criminals. That’s always been a fact. Law enforcement agencies have been taking advantage of data analytics since the mid-1990’s. But it’s only been within the last few years, however, that a flurry of programs launched across the country have begun to fully realize the potential of data intelligence in preventing crime. History The […]