Business Intelligence

August 3, 2021
Tech Target

Data architecture vs. information architecture: How they differ

Data architects collect the statistics and information architects put the numbers into context as they work symbiotically to bolster an enterprise’s data and business strategies. Read […]
August 3, 2021
Tech Target

7 data modeling techniques and concepts for business

Rick Sherman’s TechTarget article discusses three types of data models and seven data modeling techniques that are available to data management teams to convert mountains of […]
January 21, 2020
Rick Sherman

Blazing Trails in Teaching Talend: Meet Rick Sherman

From Talend: Rick Sherman is an author, educator, and a managing partner of Athena IT Solutions.  His book, Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data Integration to Analytics, was published by Morgan […]
February 8, 2019

How to make a self-service BI tools deployment less painful

Why does self-service BI have to hurt so much? In theory, it should be the answer to all your problems. But so many enterprises end up […]
September 18, 2018
How the BI rivals stack up

Tableau vs. Power BI vs. Qlik: How the BI rivals stack up

Tableau, Power BI and Qlik Sense offer similar self-service BI functionality, consultant Rick Sherman says. But he points to some of their strengths and weaknesses. Purchasing […]
June 20, 2018
Rick Sherman at Data Summit 2018

Modern Data Architecture—Avoiding the ‘One-Tool-Fits-All Trap

A modern data architecture for business intelligence and analytics has to support structured, unstructured, and semi-structured sources, as well as hybrid integration and also meet the […]
December 28, 2017

For BI, you must know the data integration process

Understanding the data integration process is central to self-service BI and data architecture design, consultant Rick Sherman says in an end-of-year look at data management trends. […]
June 28, 2017
Modernization requires a better foundation than this

A Firm Foundation for Modernized BI & Analytics

You wouldn’t modernize a house without fixing its rickety foundation first. Similarly, your BI and analytics environment needs a firm foundation before you can update it. […]
April 27, 2017
Business intelligence and data cleaning

The life-changing magic of tidying up your data

If your data is a mess, what are you waiting for? Like many other companies, maybe yours has been ignoring a lot of the things that […]
April 12, 2017
Self-service business intelligence

Tough Love for Self-Service BI

The term self-service BI (SSBI) is common, but it’s also commonly misunderstood. The first few things I ask clients who want to discuss a SSBI project […]
April 3, 2017
Athena IT Solutions Webinar

Webinar: An action plan for customer intelligence

Webinar: An action plan for customer intelligence Understanding the customer is a long-standing goal of BI and Analytics, but striving toward that 360 degree view is […]
May 31, 2016

Selecting the right data integration tool for your needs

As the need to pull together the growing volumes of data that’s generated and collected by organizations has increased, several types of data integration software have […]
May 24, 2016

How to evaluate the features of a data integration product

Selecting the right data integration product is critical to meeting the increasing demand in companies for data that can help drive more informed business decisions. The […]
May 17, 2016

How to justify the purchase of a data integration tool

The growing importance of business intelligence and data analytics applications in driving business decision making has made data integration’s vital role in the enterprise crystal clear. […]
May 11, 2016

Data integration platforms take users beyond ETL software

Whether we’re discussing the impact that the tsunami of big data is having on organizations or the cloud application takeover of traditional on-premises applications, the common […]
January 3, 2016

The Four Legs of a Successful Business Intelligence (BI) Project Team

A successful BI project team is like a four-legged table – each leg holds up its share of the weight. Remove one and the project wobbles. […]
September 30, 2015

Five Great Ways to Really Mess Up Your Data Warehouse During Loading

Your data warehouse is only as good as the data you load into it. But the data-loading process can be tricky, and there are ample opportunities […]
September 24, 2015

Book excerpt: Why a BI environment needs a solid architecture framework

In this book excerpt published on SearchBusinessAnalytics.com, I write about why taking a siloed approach to creating a BI architecture framework leads to problems. The excerpt […]
September 22, 2015

Which BI analytics tool does my company need?

In this article I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I explain how before selecting a BI analytics tool, you should create BI use cases and then match those […]
September 15, 2015

Comparing BI analytics tools from the leading vendors

In this article I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I explain that deciding which BI analytics tool to buy shouldn’t be based on the product with the most features […]
September 15, 2015

How to evaluate and select the right BI analytics tool

In this article I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I offer advice for organizations trying to settle on BI analytics tools: Figure out which features are must-haves, versus nice-to-haves. There […]
September 15, 2015

Business use cases can determine the right BI analytics tool

In this article I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I discuss how before selecting a BI analytics tool, you should create BI use cases and then match those […]
September 15, 2015

Understanding BI analytics tools and their benefits

In this article I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I discuss how business intelligence analytics tools can leverage data and convert it to actionable information that can benefit […]
September 9, 2015

Relational database design tips to boost performance

In this article that I wrote for SearchDataManagement.com, I discuss the fact that as relational database management systems handle more and more data, a strategic approach […]
September 1, 2015

Data virtualization tools move into strategic IT realm

I was recently interviewed by SearchCIO.com to discuss how data virtualization technology is moving into the strategic realm for CIOs, why this is happening, and the […]
March 30, 2015

Data – Spreads like Kudzu, but Smells like a Rose

note: don’t miss the link below to download a chapter of the BI Guidebook – From Data Integration to Analytics on Reed Elsivier’s SciTech Connect blog. […]
February 17, 2015

Operational BI process puts better business practices within reach

A new interview with me on TechTarget: As organizations increasingly look to use data analytics to help drive their business operations, accelerate decision making and improve […]
January 29, 2015

BI & Analytic Trends of 2015 – Best Business Value – Storyboarding becomes best practice for BI design

This is the second in the series of posts on best business value. 2)  Storyboarding becomes best practice for BI design Typically BI applications are designed […]
January 28, 2015

BI & Analytic Trends for Business Value

As mentioned in my post BI & Analytic Trends of 2015 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, while the hyped industry trends get all […]
January 9, 2015

BI & Analytic Trends of 2015 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It’s the time of year when analysts, consultants, vendors and industry pundits publish their predictions on the trends that they feel will have significant impact on […]
December 24, 2014

Santa’s List from a BI Consultant

I’ ve written several times to Santa while I have been working in the BI industry. Previously from a BI director’s, DW manager’s and enterprise data modeler’s […]
September 17, 2014

Big Data is not the only game in town

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]