Rick Sherman

March 11, 2013

Why you need an analytical hub

Enterprises are flooded with a deluge of data about their customers, prospects, business processes, suppliers, partners and competitors. It comes from traditional internal systems, cloud applications, social networking and […]
March 8, 2013

Analytics Can Change Your Business

In his article in Big Data, Bob Eve offers this quote from Professors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT: “Companies that inject Big Data and […]
November 30, 2012

TDWI Boston Dec 6 – Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders +

ATTENTION ALL BI/DW AND ANALYTICS PROFESSIONALS IN THE BOSTON AREA Dear Boston BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,  We cordially invite you to attend our upcoming TDWI Boston […]
November 21, 2012

A Better Way to Fuel Analytical Needs

We have reached a tipping point sometime in the last few years when analytics is being driven by business people rather than technologists. It has truly become […]
September 27, 2012

Revenge of the Nerds

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, “Revenge of the Nerds, the Sequel: Silicon Valley Wallflowers Now Hot”, notes that business-tech start-ups were emerging from obscurity and […]
September 19, 2012

The State of Data and Analytics

The good news is that enterprises have recognized the significant business value of analyzing the surging amount of information and then acting upon that analysis. The bad […]
September 12, 2012

Going to TDWI Conference in Boston September 19-20?

I’ll be attending the TDWI World Conference in Boston, my hometown, next week. The conference theme is Agile BI. As many of you know I am one of […]
September 9, 2012

Webinar Sept 11 – A Novel Approach to the Analytic Sandbox Challenge

Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ 4 ET A Novel Approach to the Analytic Sandbox Challenge The Briefing Room with Rick Sherman and Composite Software REGISTER NOW! The analytics development process […]
August 30, 2012

Decision time: Automated data integration tools versus manual coding

SearchDataManagement recently interviewed me about automated data integration tools versus manual coding: Data integration is often still done by hand, through SQL coding and stored procedures, according […]
August 28, 2012

The Changing Face of Analytics: How to Stay Ahead

Tuesday, Aug. 28 @ 4 ET The Changing Face of Analytics: How to Stay Ahead The Briefing Room with Rick Sherman, Robin Bloor and Actian REGISTER NOW! The appetite […]
August 22, 2012

IT needs to concentrate on creating an information backbone

This is the fourth post in my series (“four ways to change our approach to BI development”) on changing our approach to BI development. In order […]
August 20, 2012

Establish hybrid BI development methodology

This is the third post in my series (“four ways to change our approach to BI development”) on changing our approach to BI development. In order […]
August 16, 2012

Triage business requests for new BI deliverables such as dashboards, reports, cubes

This is the second post in my series (“four ways to change our approach to BI development”) on changing our approach to BI development. In order […]
August 15, 2012

The Nuts and Bolts of a Data Integration Platform

I’ll be on DM Radio this Thursday, August 16, 2012, 03:00PM ET. Registration. Here’s what it’s all about: Getting data where it needs to go is […]
August 14, 2012

Business people need to be given BI tools that enable self-service BI

In a previous blog post, The problems with BI development, I wrote the rut into which many BI implementations have become stuck. In order to break […]
August 8, 2012

Misconceptions Holding Back Use of Data Integration Tools

There’s no question that data integration technology is a good thing. So why aren’t businesses using it as much as they should be? Data integration software […]
August 7, 2012

The problems with BI development

BI implementations are stuck in a rut. This rut has short-circuited many small to medium size businesses’ (SMB) new BI initiatives.  And, it has thwarted existing […]
July 17, 2012

Riding herd on Excel BI use isn’t easy, but it’s necessary

I am interviewed in the article below by Alan Earls. Eradicating the use of Excel in business intelligence applications turned out to be a pipe dream in […]
July 12, 2012

Webinar: “Seeing Is Believing: Data Visualization for Efficient Reporting”

Rick Sherman will be the featured analyst in this webinar. Rick will discuss the need for enterprises to expand their BI portfolio and enable self-service BI to […]
June 26, 2012

The Scourge of Data Silos

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” [1] Over the years there have been many technology waves related to the design, development and […]
June 13, 2012

Report Governance is Key to Consistent Business Information

Much has been written about managing an enterprise BI Program and implementing data governance. Both of these are key ingredients to business value, but even with […]
June 12, 2012

BI M&A Continues with a Twist: QlikTech Acquires Expressor

QlikTech (QLIK), a leading independent business intelligence (BI) vendor, announced today it has acquired expressor software. QlikTech, with over $300 million in sales, was recently listed […]
May 31, 2012

Business Use of Predictive Analytics — Blogging from the TDWI Boston Users Group Meeting

I’m at the TDWI Boston user group meeting today.  Our first presentation is on predictive analytics and is titled “From FICO Score to Risk Score – […]
May 29, 2012

An afternoon of analytics

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming TDWI Boston Chapter meeting. All BI and DW professionals are welcome to attend. Please RSVP. When: May 31, […]
May 7, 2012

‘Big data’ analytics programs require tech savvy, business know-how

Articles and case studies written about “big data” analytics programs proclaim the successes of organizations, typically with a focus on the technologies used to build the […]
April 18, 2012

The wrong way: Worst practices in ‘big data’ analytics programs

“Big data” analytics is hot. Read any IT publication or website and you’ll see business intelligence (BI) vendors and their systems integration partners pitching products and […]
April 6, 2012

BI training too important to skip

Lauren Gibbons Paul interviewed Howard Dresner and me for an article on training, which was published in SearchManufacturing ERP.com this week: Training is the final step […]
March 8, 2012

BI’s Dirty Secrets – The Unfortunate Domination of Manually-Coded Extracts

Manually-coded extracts are another dirty secret of the BI world. I’ve been seeing them for years, in both large and small companies. They grow haphazardly and […]
January 25, 2012

Prepare for the Big-Data Labor Shortfall

Where are all the big-data people? A recent front-page article in the Boston Globe raised this very issue. The article, “Mass. firms see riches, jobs in […]
January 18, 2012

BI’s Dirty Secrets – Why Business People are Addicted to Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets are the top BI tool of choice. That choking sound you hear is vendors and IT people reacting viscerally when they confront this […]
January 17, 2012

Nerds Rock!

Nerds rock, and they are in demand! Love to hear it. EMC's Chuck Hollis says, of big data analytics: "The race is now on to acquire […]
January 13, 2012

BI’s Dirty Secrets

The overwhelming amount of articles, seminars, white papers and product announcements on big data, predictive analytics, cloud and mobile business intelligence might make you think that […]
January 11, 2012

Connecting the Dots: Misunderstood Dimensional Models

One of the debates one hears when designing a data warehouse  is that it should be normalized. Specifically, they say to use a third normal form […]
January 10, 2012

The Power of RAM: How In-Memory Changes Everything (DM Radio)

DM Radio is interviewing me on in-memory, details below: DM Radio: January 19, 2012, 03:00PM ET Register Most information workers know that Random Access Memory (RAM) […]
December 27, 2011

MDM Goes Beyond the Data Warehouse

Enterprises are awash with data from customers, suppliers, employees and their operational systems. Most enterprises have data warehousing (DW) or business intelligence (BI) programs, which sometimes […]