Business Intelligence

Bitemporal Data Modeling: How to Learn from History

Have you ever called about a real estate listing only to learn that the house has been taken off the market? Or had to pick up mail that should have been routed to your new home? Sometimes our records don’t reflect reality, and bitemporality exists to keep track of those…
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Four Features to Incorporate in Your Next Reporting Dashboard

As dashboards become increasingly commoditized, it’s easy to lose track of what makes them mission-critical business tools. The number of dashboard tools available is growing, and many are marketed to highlight their long lists of features and functions. Those features might be helpful individually,…
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Embedded BI: An Antidote to Churn

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all…
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Doctors Without Dashboards

Inside Healthcare BI with Newport Credentialing Things change slowly in the healthcare industry, but according to Newport Credentialing VP Technology David Meier, they are changing—and for the better. Before the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) became law in 2010, patients, care provider groups, and insurance…
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Joining Data Tables: The Basics

A relational database is ultimately just a collection of data tables, each of which is useful on its own but exponentially more useful when joined to its neighbors. Data analysts will have a leg up core reporting concepts if they begin their BI training with a basic understanding of the four essential join types, which...
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13 Embedded BI Experts to Read and Follow

Last summer, we published a short list of lesser-known experts and analysts we felt were particularly worth going to for embedded BI advice. This year, we’ve expanded that list to include some bigger names and other notables we missed the first time around. Our thanks to all of them for their contributions to the field...
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How to Make Data Accessible Across Your Whole Business

Data today is like oil in the 19th century: People know the resource has tremendous value, but they’re still searching for the best way to extract it. That duty often falls on data analysts, but analytics and insights must be accessible in order for companies to really benefit. Companies become more confident and more agile...
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Honest Data Visualizations and Why They Matter

In the new post-truth era, consumers are becoming savvier than ever, demanding transparency and accuracy, but data visualizations can easily be manipulated to lead people on. This might help a company or a person's case in the short term but elicit negative long-term consequences. Here are three common ways data visualizations can be misleading along...
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Extensibility in Dollars and Sense

Even if an application perfectly meets your business requirements today, it could fall short tomorrow as those requirements change. The famously volatile software market might compel your CEO to make a radical pivot, or your company might want to honor a prospective client’s niche enhancement request. BI products, especially embedded ones, must be able to...
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Encouraging Top-Down BI Adoption in 5 Simple Steps

A recent study by TDWI surveyed IT executives at 263 businesses and concluded that “company executives do not trust their internal data and analytical processes for effective business operations.” Despite 65% of survey respondents having access to self-service analytics applications, only 44%  reported being able to find the data they were looking for. Spreadsheets continue...
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