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Automating Cognos BI Usage Monitoring

Dec 20, 2016 10:17:45 AM   Matt Caton

Topics: Business Intelligence, Cognos, Blog, BI Automation

Why Monitoring the Cognos BI Usage Makes Sense.

By:  Matt Caton

At the heart of a strong BI practice is the automation of repetitive tasks, freeing up time to focus on deeper analytics and more advantageous architectures. Cognos BI equips architects with a number of tools for automating report delivery which is often overlooked and done manually. Below are a number of advantages to proactively monitor usage of your Cognos BI reporting system:

  • Staying ahead of audits and ensuring software license compliance
  • Saving pricey license seats for users who are actually taking advantage of (using) the system
  • Having a list of active users to help plan system updates and down-times
  • Providing colleagues and managers with important system usage feedback
  • System monitoring without even having to log into the system
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Business Intelligence Software: 6 Steps to Successful Installations

Dec 20, 2016 10:16:45 AM   Matthew Caton & David Crolene

Topics: Business Intelligence, Program Management, Blog

Business Intelligence Software

By:  Matthew Caton and David Crolene

Business Intelligence software comes in all shapes and sizes.  Some tools promise industry specific solutions with a relatively narrow set of functionality, while others provide a greater breadth of capabilities that can be tailored to the needs of more sophisticated BI organizations.  It is this latter class of business intelligence software – the enterprise class – that is not always easy to install and configure.  Tools like IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, SAP Business Objects, Tableau and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) are representative of this class and consistently appear in the upper right-hand corner of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant as best in breed.

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Collaborative BI: Is Collaboration the Key to BI in the Future?

Dec 20, 2016 10:15:29 AM   Steve Dine

Topics: Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Blog, Pervasive BI

Collaborative BI Unlocking the Future

By: Steve Dine

I was recently invited to the corporate offices of Lyzasoft for an inside look at their new 2.0 release.  Aside from the impressive advances in charting and visualizations, I was especially blown away by their augmentation of collaboration features to their shared portal, called Lyza Commons.  They provide a web environment that allows authorized users to search, bookmark, combine, create, tag, share, comment, rate, relate, and interact directly with intelligence content in the form of blogs, microblogs, charts, tables, dashboards, and collections.  More simply put, they enable the development and growth of analytic communities.

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Cloud Business Intelligence: Addressing the Critics

Dec 20, 2016 10:15:08 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Blog, Pervasive BI

Cloud Business Intelligence: Is it a Good Tool for All Projects?

In recent months, I've read numerous blog postings, tweets, articles and interviews from business intelligence pundits that have denounced the viability of BI in the cloud or cloud business intelligence.  They point to data volumes, security concerns, lack of control, network reliability and bandwidth as factors that deem the concept unfathomable.  While each one of these issues can be a show stopper for a BI project, they are not roadblocks for all business intelligence projects.  What's most baffling to me is that I've reached out to many of these critics and I've yet to find one that has any actual experience working in the cloud.

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Enterprise Business Intelligence and The SMB Market: Small Fish in a Big Pond

Dec 20, 2016 10:14:54 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Blog

Enterprise Business Intelligence vendors tend to look over the SMB market.

By: Steve Dine

I recently led a Enterprise Business Intelligence tool selection project for one of our customers that is classified in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market.  A business with 100 or fewer employees is generally considered small, while one with 100-999 employees is considered to be mid-sized (by this definition, our customer would be mid-sized).  Having recently heard a number of the enterprise business intelligence vendors state that they are now targeting this market, I figured that they would be prepared for the differences that these customers require with regard to the sales process.  Unfortunately, in most cases I didn't find this to be true.

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Are we any Closer to Pervasive BI?

Dec 20, 2016 10:14:37 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Blog, Pervasive BI

Pervasive BI. Are we closer than we were 10 years ago?

By: Steve Dine

One of the topics that still seems to garner a great deal of attention is "pervasive BI".  Just like Henry Ford's vision of a car in every driveway, the BI vendors envision a license for every employee.  Don't get me wrong, I'm at the front of the parade when it comes to increasing the BI footprint in today's organizations.  However, I think that we still have a long way to go in large part because it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  For example, we learned a long time ago that data without context is just data.  Yet, it seems that most of today's BI applications lack all but the most rudimentary metadata capabilities.  It is a challenge to import the business and technical metadata, maintain it and expose it to the users.  How will BI become pervasive if we can't enable users to become more self-service?

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BI in the Cloud. Is it a Viable Option?

Dec 20, 2016 10:14:22 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Blog, Cloud

BI in the Cloud: A Viable Option in the Future?

A few weeks ago I presented a full day course on BI in the cloud at the TDWI conference in Orlando. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of attendees and the overall interest in BI in the cloud from both vendors and BI practitioners.  Having spent the better part of the past year working in the Amazon cloud, I took for granted the general confusion that still exists over how the cloud is defined and how it relates to BI. I believe that this is due in large part to the fact that the cloud is still taking shape, especially when it comes to BI.  As an industry, we look at the expectation of large data volumes, a seemingly endless desire for faster response times and concerns over data security and wonder how BI infrastructures could possibly exist in the cloud.  Given the fact that we are at the early adopter phase of the consumer lifecycle, these concerns are expected.  However, these concerns may not be reality for as many BI programs as some might think.

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Purchasing Business Intelligence Software: Tips From the Trenches

Dec 20, 2016 10:14:06 AM   Steve Dine

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Blog

Business Intelligence Software: How to Avoid Purchasing Shelfware

By: Steve Dine

A colleague of mine recently asked me to chime in on discussion thread about some business intelligence software, and specifically, ETL tools.  Like many discussion board threads, it had drifted significantly from the original topic.  As a general rule, I tend to spend little time on these boards, not because I don't think that they have value, but between Twitter, Blogs and instant messaging, I can't seem to find much time left for additional on-line interaction.  I read through the thread and was immediately struck by the number of comments about the business intelligence software that were phrased as facts but were either based on outdated information, innuendo or rumor. 


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Tableau - Multiple Dimensions

Dec 20, 2016 10:13:44 AM   Yelena McElwain

Topics: Tableau, Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Blog

By: Yelena McElwain, BI Consultant

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A Business Intelligence Solution: What is "Successful" BI?

Dec 20, 2016 10:12:17 AM   Datasource Consulting

Topics: Tool Selection, Business Intelligence, Cognos, Blog, Cloud

Business Intelligence Solution: Success or Failure?


How many times have you heard a statistic such as "42 percent of respondents rate a business intelligence solution as moderately successful" or "more than 50 percent of all business intelligence solutions fail"?  When I read these types of statistics I often wonder what's behind these numbers.  I'd love to be able to drill down directly to the respondents and ask them how they defined success or failure when answering the question.  I recently met with a company that asked if I could come in and help make their business intelligence solution more successful.  Naturally, my first question was to ask them how they define success.  Each person in the room defined success a bit differently and meeting turned into a healthy discussion on what constitutes a successful business intelligence solution.


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