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Think Outside the Cube

These days, most SaaS providers embedding BI in their applications recognize they also need some kind of ETL. (Check out this infographic if you aren’t sure what ETL is). In response, many BI platforms are coming up with their own proprietary data preparation solutions. Some have chosen to use multidimensional databases, often referred to as…

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Lakes, Swamps, Ponds, and Other Bodies of Data

Lakes, Swamps, Ponds, and Other Bodies of Data 11/09/2017 • by Nicole Hitner • 0 comments In our continued effort to demystify analytics-related jargon, this post will define all data collections named after types of buildings and bodies of water. Figurative language is nice and a helpful mnemonic device, but some of these terms are […]

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ETL primes your data for reporting

Infographic: How ETL Primes Your Data For Reporting

There’s a lot your BI solution can do to make reporting off live data faster and more efficient; but when you’re looking for an even more substantial performance boost, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Any pre-processing you do to your data is work your system can skip when actually executing a report, bringing…

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Know the Lingo: 7 BI Buzzwords Explained

Originally published with BetterBuys. Finding the right business intelligence solution is hard enough without also having to decrypt industry jargon. When different software vendors use the same word to describe different (or worse, slightly different) things, it can get even trickier to find what you’re looking for. To help you get your search off on the right foot, we put…

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Five Tips for Reporting Off Live Data, Explained Through Cake

In business analytics, live, transactional data generally takes longer to process for reporting. Thankfully, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too.

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