Where’s My Electric-Green Cumberbund?

Data, although we IT pros hate to admit it, is often less than perfectly organized. I have seen client data that set me to imagining a chronic hoarder’s soiled laundry in grungy heaps stretching out to the horizon. Data where you couldn’t find your electric-green St. Patrick’s Day cumberbund if it had a ringing cell […]

10 Things Smart Analytics Teams Do

Everyone now is well aware of the potential Big Data has to benefit business. However, being able to identify, obtain, and analyze Big Data requires more than just ambition. Having a team of well-trained specialists is key to succeeding in the data analytics field. So what exactly makes up a skilled team? The following 10 […]

Turning Big Data into Valuable Assets

As a company, the ultimate business goal is to turn a profit. In recent years, many corporations have been utilizing big data for business, but few have really recognized the true potential. The time has come to roll out the big data projects that will drive business prospects. Turning big data into a valuable asset […]

The Power of Hadoop

For quite some time now, Apache’s Hadoop has been making a splash in the big data management industry. Having served as a viable platform for web giants such as Facebook and Yahoo, some argue that Hadoop is ready for the higher ranks. What exactly will it take for Hadoop to contend in high level enterprise? […]

We ♥ Business Data

I love looking at word clouds when trying to analyze free-form text.  They help me quickly perceive the most prominent terms that are present in a body of text, and many times can be helpful in analyzing the topics or themes that are most important to the writer (or speaker).   So – what topics are […]

QlikView Process Visualization

You know that feeling you get picking up on a BI project that has been worked on by other people for months?  All that data pouring in from different databases, spreadsheets and in-line loads, the practically untestable reloads of tables to get ten-line IF statements to rough-house-massage data into intelligible form, the thousand lines of […]

Large Single Servers for Business Intelligence

Bardess brings years of experience on large servers. When you get into large servers plus large BI applications and you want peak performance, then everything about your processors, memory and memory bus becomes an issue.   For example, as you increase the DIMMs per channel (4 channels per processor), the memory controllers cannot operate at […]

8 Tips in Data Quality Management

You want answers?  In business intelligence solutions, insights delivered by key reports and models are essential for making executive decisions.  But reports and models come from analyzing data, and using bad data will yield inaccurate results which will certainly degrade decision making. This is often referred to as the ‘Garbage in, garbage out’ principle.  If […]