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Election 2012: Vote the BI Ticket!

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Kathleen Moran | november 06, 2012

Chances are you’ll be spending a significant portion of today checking news channels, websites and social networks for the latest information on the Election. Regardless of your political beliefs, one thing we can all agree upon is that there are numerous challenges facing our country—in a variety...

Oktober Mobile Fest - BYOD and BYOB

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Terri White | oktober 01, 2012

Today we are excited to kick off a month-long celebration of all things mobile –Oktober Mobile Fest!  I like to say that “mobile is the new normal” because it is fast becoming the first (and sometimes the only) place we go to communicate and to consume information. It is as vital as our keys...

Pervasive BI: Everyone Makes Decisions

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Rado Kotorov | september 27, 2012

For years, we’ve been saying that pervasive BI is an absolute necessity because everyone in an organization makes decisions. This statement deserves some reflection, and I want to take a moment to look at it from a historical perspective. Looking at how management revolutions, such as Total...

How would Steve Jobs have designed a BI system?

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Rado Kotorov | september 17, 2012

We know he would not have asked the users, as he frequently referenced Henry Ford’s stance on this: “Had I asked the customers, they would have advised me to build a faster horse.”  We know he would have eliminated as many buttons as possible to keep the choices simple and intuitive, as he did...

Was London 2012 a WIN for the City?

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Kathleen Moran | augustus 23, 2012

If you’re like me, you’re feeling at loose ends now that the 2012 Olympic Games are over. No more daily medal counts (well done USA!). No more inspirational stories of triumph over adversity. No more cool Google Doodles. The Games will live on in our hearts and minds, but we all could use a little...

The 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools

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Jake Freivald | augustus 13, 2012

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools for 2012 has been released, and we're pleased as anything to say that we've been acknowledged as a visionary in it. As many of you know, the Gartner designs its Magic Quadrant with two axes, the vertical being "Ability to Execute" and the...

The Price of Data isn't the Value of a Relationship

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Jake Freivald | augustus 01, 2012

Over on the SAP blog, Irfan Khan did us the kindness of linking to our "Data is the New Diamond" newsletter. He misses the point, though: I disagree with the cozy comparison between data and commodities. I have lots of logical arguments that undermine the comparison. The most obvious is that oil...

Olympic Hopefuls?

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Jake Freivald | juli 31, 2012

"The government wants to say that not only are we going to have a good time with this event, but it's also going to make us rich," [University of Michigan professor of sports management Stefan] Szymanski said. "And that's just not true." That's a quote from a great little article by Charles Riley...

If You're Wrong, Can I Blame You? Please?

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Jake Freivald | augustus 06, 2012

The inspiration for this post is an excellent, brief article by Mark Hermann at Above the Law called The Unfairness of "Are You Sure?". Here's a sample: I don’t think his companion was actually asking whether he was sure; she knew that he was uncertain [despite having a map]. Rather, his companion...

Is Hosting the Olympics a WIN?

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Kathleen Moran | juli 26, 2012

Like everyone, we here at Information Builders have been getting excited for the Olympics. The drama, the talented athletes, the international stage – it all makes for two-plus weeks of great viewing. I’ll certainly be tuning in to watch my favorite events – I am a huge fan of gymnastics and can’...