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The Necessity of Data Warehousing
An explanation of the origins of data warehousing and why it is a crucial technology that allows businesses to gain competitive advantage. Issues regarding

star schema  the star schema. A star schema consists of facts (actual business facts) and dimensions (ways of looking at the facts). One simple way to look at a star schema is that it is designed such that the maximum amount of information can be derived from the fewest number of table reads. Another way to reduce the amount of data being read is to pre-define aggregations (summaries of detail data, such as monthly total sales) within the star, since most queries ask questions like how many were sold last month? Read More...
ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)
A multinational consulting company specializing in industrial automation turned to TEC for help selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to replace its legacy system—a patc...
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The User's Undying Quest for Exploring and Discovering Info - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series depicted the differences and some subtle similarities between the well-established enterprise applications giant, SAP, and up-and

star schema  which represents the BW  star schema  for the BW Accelerator. Some Inevitable Architectural Gobbledygook The enabling technology that is at the heart of SAP BW Accelerator is called TREX , which stands for Text Retrieval and information Extraction . SAP BW Accelerator is only available as a pre-installed appliance (“in a box”). The only little configuration effort by the customer is required to identify and index relevant  online analytics processing (OLAP ) cubes and transfer these so-called  BW Read More...
Are Data Warehouses as Dead as the Dodo? (Part 2: 1010data and Illuminate)
Although information analysis continues to be vital for insights into a company’s health and future, the traditional data warehouse structure may already be

star schema  processing (OLAP) cubes or star schemas. This single layer of information is related in such a way as to enable fast exploration and query association by the use of specific data indexes to improve information recovery and analysis of large volumes of data. Some of the functional features of iSTORE are as follows: •    It can enable users to perform a true ad-hoc analysis. The universal indexing allows analysis across n dimensions of existing data sets. •    It can perform what Illuminate Read More...
Product Lifecycle Management Agility Founded on Innovation
Agile Software recognizes product lifecycle management (PLM) as an emerging business imperative for innovation. Now, Agile has a unique opportunity to leverage

star schema  Platform , which has star schema data marts for use in Agile Product Performance Analytics . The intent is to connect PLM strategy to the company's general performance. The companies mentioned above learned an important lesson: enterprises need to instill a PLM culture in their organizations. Solutions such as Agile PLM provide a structure for enabling the introduction of more products, with a faster pace to market. These companies also delineated the major challenges facing enterprises beginning a PLM in Read More...
Best Practices for a Data Warehouse on Oracle Database 11g
Companies are recognizing the value of an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) that provides a single 360-degree view of the business. But to ensure that your EDW

star schema  3NF Access layer - Star Schema Optimizing Star Queries System Management Workload Management Workload Monitoring Resource Manager Optimizer Statistics Management Initialization Parameter Memory allocation Controlling Parallel Execution Enabling efficient IO throughput Star Query Conclusion EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Increasingly companies are recognizing the value of an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) . A true EDW provides a single 360-degree view of the business and a powerful platform for a wide spectrum of Read More...
The New Business Analytics (Analytics for Every Need, to Answer Every Question)
One of the main functions—perhaps the most important one—of a business intelligence (BI) and business analytics (BA) application has always been to process data

star schema  New Business Analytics (Analytics for Every Need, to Answer Every Question) One of the main functions—perhaps the most important one—of a business intelligence (BI) and business analytics (BA) application has always been to process data and transform it into actual information, by taking the “right” data, performing the “right” analysis, and showing meaningful results. But in some organizations this BA functionality has not been completely realized. Why? This promise of BA applications Read More...
Taming the SOA Beast - Part 1
Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering

star schema  the SOA Beast - Part 1 Certainly, I admit to not being a programmer or a techie expert (not to use somewhat derogatory words like “geek” or “nerd”) per se. Still, my engineering background and years of experience as a functional consultant should suffice for understanding the advantages and possible perils of service oriented architecture (SOA). On one hand, SOA’s advantages of flexibility (agility), components’ reusability and standards-based interoperability have been well publicized . Read More...
Collaborative Application Framework
The Sockeye CAF technology platform enables adaptive supply chain collaboration, which is a supply chain transformation methodology for reaching throughout

star schema  software application framework,collaborative application framework,collaborative systems,collaborative software,enterprise application framework,portal application framework,collaborative technology,business application framework,collaborative management,collaborative business,collaborative process Read More...
Why don’t the Potential Benefits of Spend Analysis Come Easily?


star schema  be a search engine starts blabbing out all sorts of unrelated and useless facts once someone says a single word to him? So, What might be the Solution Here? Lately,  innovative up-and-coming spend analytics vendors such as Spend Radar and Rosslyn Analytics have been increasingly making it on to the spend analysis short-lists , especially for those selections with smaller IT budgets to spend (no pun intended). These specialist BI tools are agile enough to access both OLAP cubes and operational databases Read More...
Exploring Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series introduced Epicor Software Corporation’s set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid. The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s

star schema  Epicor Productivity Pyramid - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  introduced Epicor Software Corporation ’s  set of tools called the Epicor Productivity Pyramid . The Pyramid enables one of Epicor’s main business strategies: to extend the value of several of its mature  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  applications by making enterprise data readily and easily available to all stakeholders. My blog post then zoomed on to the Epicor Portal solution, a cross-platform querying tool that Read More...
Globalization Has a Profound Impact on the Supply Chain and Supporting Information Technology
Globalization, the Internet, and demand-driven supply networks are driving technology change. When it comes to supply chain management, globalization has

star schema  Has a Profound Impact on the Supply Chain and Supporting Information Technology Background In recent years, the World Trade Organization ( WTO ) often has pointed out the staggering acceleration of global trade since 1995, and the prospect of continued and dramatic increases in global trade throughout this decade. It is estimated that 55 percent of all raw material for American manufacturing now is sourced outside the US. This is in comparison to only 10 percent to 12 percent just a few Read More...
How to Plan and Manage in Times of Uncertainty and Volatility? Based on Reality and Facts, Duh! (Part 1)


star schema  his overpaid and under-disciplined star pitchers at the time (the latter part he did not say, but we got the implicit message). Well, perhaps his answer should have been to have some “plan-monitor-respond” (“detect-and-react” or “sense-and-respond”) mechanism (a feedback loop) in place, so as to be able to react on his feet. Jack Welch’s following quote from his “Straight From the Gut” book might come in handy here: “Business success is less a function of grandiose predictions than it Read More...
Qlik: Newer, Bigger, Better?
During the second half of last year and the beginning of this year, the Pennsylvania-based software company QlikTech has undergone a number of important

star schema  big data initiatives. Two starting statements could not state more clearly the role of Qlik, and many other BI providers, in the big data space: “QlikView as the catalyst for implementing big data” This certainly is true, as many new big data projects find their motivation in the data analysis and discovery phases, and it’s also true that an offering like QlikView can lower some of the technical and knowledge barriers when implementing a big data initiative. The second statement was: “QliKView rel Read More...

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