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NoSQL for My BI Solution?
Every day business intelligence (BI) gets closer to chaos. Don’t get me wrong—I’m by no means saying that BI will one day become obsolete and that you'll need

basic bi  with traditional SQL. The basic concept of a NoSQL database is of a fast database management system that could run and interact on UNIX systems and that stores data in common UNIX ASCII files, so that it can be managed by standard UNIX commands and utilities. This means that NoSQL databases don’t necessarily work with only unstructured data, but rather that they are more versatile than traditional database schemas and can work with a variety of data types. NoSQL databases also don’t necessarily need

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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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basic bi  in decision-making? Some more basic issues: Are women pursuing BI as a career? Are there still some impediments to women’s development in the BI space? How do women in BI feel about their salaries? We don’t know how recruitment strategies targeting women for IT roles are formulated, or if they’re successful. The truth is we don’t know how many women are in BI, how much experience they have, how they got there. Well, if we don’t have the facts and figures, let’s find them out. We’ll be publis Read More

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