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TDWI Conference Focuses On Data-Driven Decision Making

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

by Darren Chilton

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Data Warehousing, Big Data, Darren Chilton, TDWI

Star Schema or No Star Schema? That is the (Tableau) Question.

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 01:23 PM

by Avinash Mohan

Exploring the different ways Tableau connects to data and whether dimensional modeling is necessary when using Tableau’s architecture.

 

Architecture

Tableau has two primary ways to connect to data sources and work with them as shown in this simplified architecture diagram shown below .

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Data Warehousing, Book, Real-Time BI, Tableau, Data Integration, Cache, Data Discovery, Avinash Mohan

Blended Shore: Onshore & Offshore Development Best Practices for Business Intelligence

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

by Prashanth Ashwathram

Making a business intelligence (BI) project successful is a daunting task in itself not just because of the complexity and tools involved, but because it requires cooperation from different functional groups, multiple source systems, and gaining user acceptance from groups of users that are often resistant to change.

The challenges add on further when the BI projects are planned to be executed in an onshore-offshore model. There are obviously many positives and benefits from this approach which can make this model a highly successful provided we follow some of the best practices.

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Delivery Leadership, Prashanth Ashwathram, Offshore

Leveraging Executive Sponsorship For A 360° Analytical View Of The Customer

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

by Ron Cruz

One of the challenges facing our clients is a disjointed landscape for their customer-facing business intelligence tools.  This doesn’t happen in finance as everyone knows where the end product goes (CFO), nor does it happen much in product development.  When it comes to customer analytics, many companies struggle with disjointed systems and difficulty getting the data they want.  The sentence of, “I think we have that data….somewhere,”  is often uttered at companies that have these issues.

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Salesforce.com Analytics, Ron Cruz, Customer 360 Analytics, Delivery Leadership, Marketing Analytics, Retail BI

Higher Education Analytics: Key Star Schemas for Institutional Research

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 @ 01:40 PM

by Parul Singh

The need for robust reporting and a structured enterprise data warehouse for educational institutions is becoming a necessity.  This type of modern architecture empowers academic institutions with best-in-class reporting and analytic capabilities to increase faculty, staff and student productivity; streamline operations and institutional advancement; and ensure student success.

There are a few key star schemas that can aid universities and their stakeholders to make informed decisions and deliver a better student experience:

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Student Information Analytics, Education, Campus Analytics, Banner, Higher Education BI

Seamless Reporting With Endeca & OBIEE: Make Them Work Together

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

by Madan Thota

Endeca Information Discovery (EID) is a data discovery tool that helps business analysts to rapidly explore relevant data.  If you are already using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and wish to reuse the BI data models from Endeca Information Discovery, here are the options.  The primary difference between both tools is that one is used for pre-defined analytics while the other is used for having a conversation with your data (analytics vs information discovery).  The overall goal for both approaches is to get the most value out of the data available.   

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Oracle BI, OBIEE, Endeca, Tutorial, Data Discovery

2 Options For Data Security in Tableau

Posted by KPI Partners News Team on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 03:09 PM

by Kumar Krishnaswamy

A quick Google search for “Tableau Data Security” returns a link to a Tableau knowledge base article for User Filters and Row Level Security.  The knowledge base article clearly lays out the options available for implementing data security – defined as the ability to control what data a user sees.  The goal here is to not regurgitate that content, but to examine each of the two data security options laid out by Tableau and determine how they fit various use cases in the enterprise context.

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Tags: Business Intelligence, Blog, Kumar Krishnaswamy, Security, Tableau, Data Discovery