For professionals who want to further their careers and students who want to learn about the business that tops every CIO's priority list:

Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data Integration to Analytics

With a foreword by Claudia Imhoff, President of Intelligent Solutions, Inc. and Founder of The Boulder Business Intelligence Brain Trust

"The world of architecture and technology is rapidly changing and has been for a while. Fortunately we have people like Rick Sherman who stay abreast of the latest advances. This book is as close to a complete A to Z guidebook as you will find. I recommend this book for every professional's desk."
Bill Inmon, President and Chief Technology Officer, Forest Rim™ Technology LLC. Best known as “The Father of Data Warehousing"

Between the high-level concepts of business intelligence and the nitty-gritty instructions for using vendors’ tools lies the essential, yet poorly-understood layer of architecture, design and process. Without this knowledge, Big Data is belittled – projects flounder, are late and go over budget. Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data Integration to Analytics shines a bright light on an often neglected topic, arming you with the knowledge you need to design rock-solid business intelligence and data integration processes. Practicing consultant and adjunct BI professor Rick Sherman takes the guesswork out of creating systems that are cost-effective, reusable and essential for transforming raw data into valuable information for business decision-makers.

After reading this book, you will be able to design the overall architecture for functioning business intelligence systems with the supporting data warehousing and data-integration applications. You will have the information you need to get a project launched, developed, managed and delivered on time and on budget – turning the deluge of data into actionable information that fuels business knowledge. Finally, you’ll give your career a boost by demonstrating an essential knowledge that puts corporate BI projects on a fast-track to success.

  • Provides practical guidelines for building successful BI, DW and data integration solutions
  • Explains underlying BI, DW and data-integration design, architecture, and processes in clear, accessible language
  • Includes the complete project development lifecycle that can be applied at large enterprises as well as at small- to medium-sized businesses
  • Describes best practices and pragmatic approaches so readers can put them into action.
  • Companion website includes templates and examples, further discussion of key topics, instructor materials, and references to trusted industry sources.

"Anyone looking to rollout a business intelligence initiative or shore up a fledgling one can benefit from the BI Guidebook.  Rick Sherman leaves no stone unturned and takes a deep dive into a complex and diverse field.  Even a seasoned BI professional will enjoy having this book as a reference within arm's reach." William McKnight, President, McKnight Consulting Group and author of Information Management: Strategies for Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Data.

“Rick covers a lot of ground in the BI Guidebook offering clear explanations of a wide range of BI and DW topics (e.g., technologies, methodologies). His approach makes it both a useful primer for those new to Business Intelligence as well as a great reference for more seasoned pros.” Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer of Dresner Advisory Services, LLC