Rick Sherman

July 21, 2014

Design a business intelligence system properly — for business users

What are some common mistakes that business intelligence managers and architects make when planning and designing a business intelligence system? BI managers and architects generally do […]
July 16, 2014

Analytics Talks in Boston – July 22

Introducing analytics in established companies can feel like the work of Sisyphus. Come to the TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on July 22 and learn how to […]
June 12, 2014

Meter Data Analytics and YarcData: Cray’s Big Data Strategy – TDWI Boston Meeting

Most of us come from a background of building or using traditional data warehousing and deploying mainstream BI reporting tools. We are hearing more and more […]
May 28, 2014

New Database Technologies Tackle the Analytics Deluge

Enterprises today are faced with a flood of data that they could never have imagined a decade ago. Yesterday’s CIO thought cell phones were just for […]
May 22, 2014

Cloud Apps are the new Data Shadow Systems

CIOs are expressing a concern about shadow IT in the “2014 State of the CIO Survey,” CIO Magazine, January 2014. Approximately half feel it is a […]
May 12, 2014

Land and Expand: The New Database Frontier

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 4 ET The Briefing Room with Rick Sherman and MarkLogic Live Webcast — WebEx Code 8520  The increasing proliferation of data […]
May 6, 2014

Big data implementation checklist for analytics project managers

Big data analytics projects are at the top of the IT priority list for many organizations looking to wring business benefits out of all the data […]
April 28, 2014

Predictive Modeling for Data Scientists

From Descriptive to Prescriptive: Evolving Your BI Strategy watch the archived episode Business intelligence has traditionally focused on the past: What brought us to this point? […]
March 5, 2014

Why Spreadmart Awareness Pays Dividends – Thursday, 3PM DM Radio

I’ll be part of a DM Radio broadcast Thursday March 6, 3PM EST Program Description: Keep It Real: Why Spreadmart Awareness Pays Dividends The most pervasive […]
February 27, 2014

Good News for Economics Majors: You’re Hot

Here’s some good news for Economics majors. According to today’s Wall Street Journal: In-House Economists are Hot Again One of the reasons they are hot again […]
January 29, 2014

Spreadsheets vs. Analytical Nirvana

This post is part of a series on trends that highlight the two worlds of BI: the world where, according to industry pundits and vendors, enlightened […]
January 21, 2014

Best Value BI Trends — BI Embedded into Business Processes and Decision-making

This post is part of a series on trends that may have been around for years without many enterprises successfully implementing them, or they might be […]
January 17, 2014

BI Trends 2014 – Let’s Get Practical

This is an interesting time of year because there are many articles predicting the business intelligence (BI) trends for the New Year. Analysts from the top […]
October 10, 2013

Predictive analytics is not your father’s BI project, Part 2 – Battle between data completeness and quality

Predictive analytics and data visualization are data-hungry processes. An enterprise data warehouse is often a critical part of the data backbone that these processes crave. IT’s […]
September 24, 2013

Predictive analytics is not your father’s BI project, Part 1- who does what

Once an enterprise gets beyond the hype and sets out to implement predictive analytics, success will depend on how they approach it. As with anything new, our […]
September 23, 2013

TDWI Boston, Oct 3. Come Hear Google Talk about Infrastructure Enablers for Effective Large-Scale Data Pipelines

We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on October 3, 2013. Come meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career […]
July 24, 2013

Cloud databases less of a leap for users now, but some hurdles remain

With the growing adoption of cloud-based applications, it’s natural that cloud databases would follow. Not that long ago, cloud-based database offerings were very limited — so much […]
July 17, 2013

Self-Service BI customers are not all the same (Part 1)

As I discussed in The Road to Self-Service BI, enterprises need a better understanding of self-service BI so they can avoid the common mistakes often made with it. […]
July 15, 2013

Considerations for Implementing Hadoop for Your Big Data Project

If your enterprise is considering Hadoop to help handle your big data workload, you’re in good company. Many organizations are exploring the use of this software to manage […]
June 12, 2013

Hadoop 2.0 — From Open Source Projects to Enterprise Solutions

Hot Technologies of 2013 with Robin Bloor, Rick Sherman and IBM June 19, 4:00 EST The promise of Hadoop can be seen in all kinds of […]
June 6, 2013

Not a Cloud in the Sky? The Case for On-Premise Strategies (June 6 broadcast)

DM Radio Thursday June 6, 3:00 PM EST We’ve all heard the selling points of cloud computing: low initial cost, ease of deployment, lack of maintenance concerns. […]
May 29, 2013

Choosing your Business Intelligence Solution: Don’t be Afraid of the “Smoosh-ins®”

When an enterprise selects a BI solution, it should be able to get the combinations of BI functionality that best meets the varied needs of different. Getting exactly […]
May 16, 2013

Self-Service BI Myths and Truths

As I discussed in The Road to Self-Service BI, enterprises need a better understanding of self-service BI so they can avoid the common mistakes often made with it. […]
May 14, 2013

The Road to Self-Service BI

For years vendors and pundits have heralded the age of self-service business intelligence (BI) thanks to the arrival of the latest generation of BI tools. First, they talked […]
May 3, 2013

Boston TDWI Meeting – May 9, 2013

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming free TDWI Boston Chapter meeting. All BI and DW professionals are welcome to attend. Please RSVP. When: Thursday, May 9, 2013 […]
April 4, 2013

Suggestion #5 for the analytical sandbox: solutions must be cost- and resource-effective

When creating analytical sandboxes for business users, keep the following design principle in mind to help ensure you  provide the right environment for your enterprise: Solutions […]
April 3, 2013

Suggestion #4 for the analytical sandbox: sufficient infrastructure must be available for conducting business analytics

When creating analytical sandboxes for business users, keep the following design principle in mind to help ensure you  provide the right environment for your enterprise: Sufficient […]
April 2, 2013

Suggestion #3 for the analytical sandbox: the business analyst needs to be “in control”

When creating analytical sandboxes for business users, keep the following design principle in mind to help ensure you  provide the right environment for your enterprise: The […]
March 28, 2013

Suggestion #2 for the analytical sandbox: time-to-solution must be fast and disposable

When creating analytical sandboxes for business users, keep the following design principle in mind to help ensure you  provide the right environment for your enterprise: Time-to-solution […]
March 27, 2013

Designing the analytical sandbox: data across the enterprise needs to be accessible and timely

When creating analytical sandboxes for business users, keep the following design principle in mind to help ensure you  provide the right environment for your enterprise: Data […]
March 26, 2013

Analytics Best Practices: The Analytical Sandbox

So this situation sounds familiar, and you are wondering if you need an analytical sandbox… The goal of an analytical sandbox is to enable business people […]
March 21, 2013

Does your business need an analytical sandbox?

Is your enterprises flooded with a deluge of data about  customers, prospects, business processes, suppliers, partners and competitors? Is data coming from traditional internal systems, cloud […]
March 20, 2013

5 Principles of Analytical Hub Architecture – Part 2

Continuing the discussion on analytical hub design, here’s the second part of my post on the architecture principles. If you missed the first two principles (1. […]
March 18, 2013

Big Data & The Wizard of Oz Syndrome

An excellent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Big Data, Big Blunders,” discussed five mistakes commonly made by enterprises when initiating their first Big Data projects. The technology […]
March 14, 2013

5 Principles of Analytical Hub Architecture – Part 1

As I discused the other day in Why you need an analytical hub, enterprises need to spend time looking forward, rather than just backwards at historical […]