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    Designing a Future-Proof Data Solution

    The challenges we face today when designing solutions is how do we avoid the pitfalls of constant design changes? How can we reduce the impact to our data designs? Is it even possible?

    Ian Abramson May 27, 2013 11:00 AM

    Getting data users engaged with Friendly User Testing

    Reflecting back on my experience of executing BI projects - one rather intuitive but exceedingly useful practice stands out from the rest of the things that worked out well. The practice is to produce and expose the first prototypes of user-facing components, such as reports, to business users as early as possible. Even if you are not planning to have multiple release cycles, and chose to stick to a more traditional Waterfall project planning - a little bit of prototyping and informal demo sessions in non-production environments will make a world of difference. With some of our customers, we call the informal sessions “Friendly User Testing (FUT)”.

    Alexey Marchenko March 13, 2013 3:08 PM

    Master of Your Data using the Database

    I recently was involved in a project for an organization who needed one thing. They needed a master customer and master product list to enable cross-organization analysis. This may seem like a simple task; create a single customer and product but it is not simple.

    Ian Abramson February 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    BI - Where do I begin?

    If you are reading this you know that the planned growth in the field of Business Intelligence, including Big Data, is exponential. It also means that many firmsare trying to capitalize on this growth and the amount of information to sift through is growing larger by the second. If you have been tasked with getting your firm into the 21st century in regards to better utilization of data and/or you have realized that being able to make nimble business decisions means having actionable information at your fingertips then this blog is for you.
    Howard Bigelow January 31, 2013 9:21 PM