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Business Intelligence (BI)

Business intelligence (BI) and performance management applications enable real-time, interactive access, analysis, and manipulation of mission-critical corporate information. These applications provide users with valuable insights into key operating information to quickly identify business problems and opportunities. Users are able to access and leverage vast amounts of information to analyze relationships and understand trends that ultimately support business decisions. These tools prevent the potential loss of knowledge within the enterprise that results from massive information accumulation that is not readily accessible or in a usable form. It is an umbrella term that ties together other closely related data disciplines including data mining, statistical analysis, forecasting, and decision support. 

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critical technical data  be 100% clean on critical (shared) data. Many customers, such as DOD or Wal-mart are threatening fines if data is not clean. Do you have any internal business intelligence tools, Product information management tools? If so, these will make the physical data pulls, and cleansing steps easier. If not, no big deal, you just need to be aware that you will have some overhead for some behind the scenes technical tasks that are required in the process. Dirty data manifests itself in many different anomalies, Read More

Captured by Data


The benefits case for enterprise asset management (EAM) has been used to justify huge sums in EAM investment. But to understand this reasoning, it is necessary to explore how asset data can be used to further the aims of maintenance.

critical technical data  and unacceptable failures However, critical failures, those that cause an asset to underperform, have unacceptable consequences and cannot always be managed in a similar way. For example, if a failure has high operational impact or economic consequences, then allowing it to fail prior to determining how to manage them is actively counterproductive to the aims of cost-effective asset management. Moreover, recent history reinforces the fact that failure of assets can lead to consequences for safety or Read More

SQL Server Technical Briefing


iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) offer an alternative for building SANs. Consolidating storage in a SAN offers storage management and scaling benefits for data centers, and iSCSI support in Windows Server 2003 makes connecting servers to an iSCSI SAN easier and more affordable. Read this technical briefing to understand best practices and the benefits of using an iSCSI SAN with SQL Server 2005.

critical technical data  configuration and operation are critical to overall SQL operations and performance. Whether you select Fibre Channel or gigabit Ethernet connectivity for your SAN, proper storage configuration is key to effective SQL Server performance and reliability. Historically, larger SAN deployments relied on Fibre Channel storage networking; recently iSCSI has become available across a variety of enterprise storage arrays, offering a wide variety of choices for SAN storage. iSCSI can be deployed for any size Read More

Minimizing the Total Cost of Technical Support for Enterprise Applications


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critical technical data  enterprise and vendor is critical to minimizing the risk of having a bad technical support plan. Anatomy of Opportunity Costs Now that the direct costs have been established, the second type of cost in selecting the support plan is the opportunity cost. As mentioned above, opportunity cost is defined as the foregone opportunity of having one benefit over another. For instance, consider an individual with particular skills and a certain level of education, who receives a job offer. This individual can Read More

Access to Critical Business Intelligence: Challenging Data Warehouses?


There is a perception that if business users are given access to enterprise databases and raw query tools, they will create havoc in the system, which is a possibility—unless the business intelligence (BI) product developer understands the potential problem and addresses it as a business-critical factor.

critical technical data  to Critical Business Intelligence: Challenging Data Warehouses? Direct Access Rather Than a DW for Mid-Market? For a long time, data warehousing used to be synonymous with business intelligence (BI), to the extent that there is a deep ingrained belief that BI cannot be conducted without a data warehouse (DW). Indeed, when companies are dealing with a deluge of data, it helps to have a DW, since it offers large corporations the ability to leverage information assets to support enterprise reporting Read More

New Data Protection Strategies


One of the greatest challenges facing organizations is the protection of corporate data. The issues complicating data protection are compounded by increased demand for data capacity and higher service levels. Often these demands are coupled with regulatory requirements and a shifting business environment. Learn about data protection strategies that can help organizations meet these demands while maintaining flat budgets.

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Business Basics: Unscrubbed Data Is Poisonous Data


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Data Management and Business Performance: Part 1-Data


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A Definition of Data Warehousing


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Network Data Protection Playbook: Network Security Best Practice for Protecting Your Organization


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Don't Be Overwhelmed by Big Data


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