Changes Ahead: What’s Trending in Data Governance

If anyone doubts the importance of data governance in 2017, consider this: McDonald’s will now track, evaluate and act on the fries we eat … or don’t eat. That’s just the tip of one trend in data management you’ll see in the coming months. Collecting and analyzing data allows companies to customize what they do for […]

Gartner’s 2017 BI Magic Quadrant: What Differentiates The Leaders?

Gartner’s BI Magic Quadrant scorecards give businesses a glimpse of where tech solutions have been, a snapshot of the current lay of the land and a hint of which companies are customers’ “best bets” two to five years down the line. Now that the dust has settled, here’s what we think the BI Magic Quadrant […]

What’s Ahead for Big Data? Tableau Makes 10 Predictions

It’s been a little more than 10 years since Yahoo deployed a Hadoop cluster designed for storing large amounts of unstructured information and ushered in an era of Big Data. Now, what’s next? Tableau has made 10 predictions for what you can expect from Big Data this year. 1. Greater Need for Speed The desire […]

Inside Gartner’s Data and Analytics Predictions for 2017

What does the remainder of 2017 have in store for big data and analytics? Business intelligence research firm Gartner has identified three major trends businesses should keep an eye on. According to Gartner, forward-thinking companies are already on the path to creating more holistic approaches to big data and analytics that encompass the entire organization […]

IBM Watson Flops For Cancer Treatment: Why Did AI Fail?

MD Anderson Cancer Center recently announced it was dropping IBM Watson’s cognitive-computing system, which was supposed to use artificial intelligence (AI) to expedite physicians’ decision making when treating malignant tumors. Amid that move came a question: Was the problem with Watson – and artificial intelligence in general – or was it a human problem? Goals of Arrangement First, consider […]

How HR Can Leverage Big Data

Companies that use big data and people analytics frequently see improvements in recruitment, hiring, retention – you name it. It’s no wonder more businesses are pulling out the checkbook and taking the plunge into the tech pool. Yet the biggest skeptics of these Human Resources successes may be none other than HR professionals themselves. At big […]

Data Governance: 5 Ways to Overcome Resistance & Meet Goals

Your data is the lens on almost everything about your business. Proper data governance is the best way to keep that lens clean, functional and useful. Most people in your organization need data to do their jobs effectively. That means data governance is more than just a function to keep data reliable, safe, accurate and […]

Trends Forecast: What to Expect from Business Intelligence in 2017

Which business intelligence (BI) trends are on the rise in 2017? Interest in BI and data management is constantly in flux, but BARC’s 2017 BI Trend Monitor report has revealed which BI trends are seeing growth – and which aren’t. For the most part, trends in the business intelligence market have remained stable between 2016 […]

Tableau vs Excel: Comparing Core Features and Functions

Many feel Tableau and Excel are competing solutions. Others think the tools are like apples and oranges. Both tools are used for data analysis. However, each takes a different approach to exploring data and finding key insights. Here’s a deeper look into what makes the two different: Spreadsheet vs Data Visualization The simple explanation: Excel is a […]

5 Business Intelligence Vendors to Watch in 2017

Business intelligence (BI) solutions have changed how organizations stay competitive. Instead of relying on gut feeling, decision makers are able to turn to data and identify growth opportunities. In 2016, Gartner changed its Magic Quadrant criteria for evaluating BI and analytics solutions, allowing some newer contenders to rise in the market. We reviewed some key […]