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The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) Conference in San Diego: The Agile Approach to Business Intelligence (BI)
Next month a TDWI World Conference will be taking place in San Diego, California. What’s so special about this conference anyway? The answer is simple:  the

agile bi development  to be “Creating an Agile BI Environment”. Progressively in the last four or five years, the agile software development methodology has been jumping from the software development area to the data warehouse space, as organizations are constantly searching to meet their business intelligence (BI) needs. This adaptation of the agile development methodology is now being applied to all facets of the BI life cycle process. But, can all BI processes become agile? A couple of days ago, I spoke with Mr. Paul Ka

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IBM Cognos Express: Essential BI and Planning for Midsize Companies


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Making Business Intelligence Easy: Agile Business Intelligence


There is a gap between traditional BI systems and modern business analytics and reporting needs, and agile BI can help bridge that gap. A methodology and technology that enables organizations to respond with flexibility and immediacy to changing reporting and analytics needs, demand for Agile BI is growing quickly. Read this white paper to find out why you need agile BI and how to use it to achieve agile development.

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Agile Methodology for Business Intelligence


What makes business intelligence (BI) complex is that the user-centricity of the data warehousing system cannot be compromised. The solution to this problem is the adoption of Agile frameworks. Agile development is a software development approach that "cycles" through the different phases, from gathering requirements to delivering functionality into a working release. Find out more.

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BI State of the Market Report


IT departments rarely know as much about a business as the business people themselves. But business people rarely take action on numbers alone: they share the information with others, soliciting their feedback and performing external research before taking action. Business users still depend on IT to deliver answers related to the information that they receive. Business intelligence (BI) 2.0—also known as collaborative BI—uses the collective intelligence of the user community to enrich existing information. Learn how business intelligence (BI) 2.0 is helping business users create and modify their own reports, share and enrich information, and provide feedback to each other and to information producers.

When the community helps itself, information is turned into actionable information more quickly than when using purely “traditional” methods of community support, such as meetings, phone calls, and e-mail. And when actions are taken more quickly, the entire organization becomes more nimble and ultimately more competitive. This overview discusses how BI 2.0 can provide real benefits within your organization and what product features to look for in a BI solution in order to realize those benefits.

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Using BI 2.0 to Increase Your Competitive Advantage


Business users know their data better than IT does. They know the meaning of the data, its history, and its relationship with other data. Yet traditional BI solutions have business users referring to IT for assistance with their data. Also, they are forced to work in silos. Sure, they can create their own reports and maybe even share them with other business users, but when it comes to sharing their own knowledge about the data, they have to rely on e-mail, telephone, and face-to-face meetings. By enabling the sharing of data-related knowledge through the BI system itself, business users become more self-sufficient and actions can be taken more quickly.

The raison d’être of BI is to provide business users with information that enables them to take action. Even if business users are self-sufficient when it comes to creating and sharing data, data on its own is rarely sufficient to take action. Identifying an opportunity in the market through numbers alone is not sufficient to justify investment in a new product or geography. Identifying a bottleneck in a business process is not sufficient to justify changes in the business process. Information about a business issue or opportunity is merely a part of the overall “solution domain.” Action is usually only taken after considering a number of factors in addition to the data, such as human knowledge and experience, the economic environment, and the competitive environment.

In this section, we lay out the capabilities to look for in a BI solution—and specific functional requirements needed to support these capabilities—that contribute to the goal of “harnessing collective intelligence.” In general, the more recent entrants into the BI market are paying the most attention to BI 2.0. Some vendors, such as Good Data, have it as a central component of their solution offerings.

The following are key capabilities of BI 2.0:

  • Collaboration
    Business users are able to share information within the user community and create discussion threads relating to the information.


  • Identification of useful information
    Business users can flag information that is likely to be of use to others within the community.


  • Enriching of Information
    Business users can enrich the information through their knowledge and experience in addition to other external information sources in order to explain trends and generally assist other consumers of that information.


The community of “business users” needn’t be restricted to internal users. User collaboration is already mature within the Web space, under the guise of Web 2.0. With Web 2.0, collective intelligence is harnessed through comments on blog posts; contributions to wikis such as Wikipedia; and tagging of content, such as photos on Flickr. BI 2.0 takes these methods and applies them in the BI space by making data the focus of user collaboration.

The following sections take the capabilities above and list the functional requirements that support them. Bear in mind that each of these functional requirements is a business user requirement and not an IT or development requirement.


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The Development Process Made Easy


Life cycle development can be a complicated and intimidating process for many organizations. Are you struggling to adapt the development process successfully to your own projects? Do you want to use various formal life cycle processes such as Agile, Incremental, Spiral, and Waterfall, or various informal processes, such as extreme programming (XP) and others? Are you burdened by the development process? This paper will explain how you can simply and easily adopt any life cycle process.

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Sole-sourcing BI from Your ERP Vendor: IT Convenience or Strategic Business Decision?


The software industry has witnessed a consolidation in the business intelligence (BI) market. In BI, enterprise technology conglomerates identified a growth market and an opportunity to upsell to their existing install base, primarily that of applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP). This consolidation has rendered sole-sourcing BI from ERP vendors an alluring option for many organizations. Find out why.

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Tips for Managing Software Development


Buyers often blame the offshore software development teams if the software falls short of expectations. But the success of offshore software development does not depend on offshore teams alone. Instead, the success of the project depends on the proper management of the software development process by both the buyer and the offshore teams. Find out more.

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Software development outsourcing


Heurística can help companies determine if Mexico is the best option for their outsourcing plans, and then offer a choice of locations. The company can also help clients find a reliable software development company that partners with clients according to their conditions, and asks in-depth questions about clients specific tecnical recommendations. Heurística can also help with the legal and accounting aspects of outsourcing in Mexico.

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How to Improve the Efficiency of Software Development for Cloud-based Environments


Download this report for insight into a new class of online technology innovations that fosters quick development of new cloud-based software and modernization of business-critical legacy systems. Also featured in this report: essential guidelines from Technology Evaluation Centers for overcoming the challenges of software development, and a detailed checklist for vetting a system’s ability to adapt to good software development practices.

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Optimizing the Development Process


One of the most formidable IT challenges that companies must solve is the extreme cost of the development process. Don’t let your data warehouse development project become part of the 50 percent that’s abandoned—and don’t lose time and money. Learn how to optimize your development process and improve the performance of your database management systems through a complete examination and debugging of your database schema.

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