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Is your data warehouse still living in the 90s?

Traditional approaches to data warehousing have changed--has your data warehouse?

“Old habits die hard,” says Wayne Eckerson, a thought leader in the business intelligence and analytics field since the early 90s. “Too many companies rely on traditional hand-coded and labor intensive approaches to building a Data Warehouse.”

If you're responsible for building or maintaining a data warehouse, that probably rings true for you. And in this age of automation, in which robots are used for everything from milking cows to gathering customer data on a phone call, why is it that it's taken so long for automation to be incorporated into the data warehouse?

Growth and innovation: is your BI up to speed?

The digital era is changing the way entrepreneurs interact with consumers, but it’s also transforming business organisations behind the scenes. There is little choice but to innovate and change as markets evolve.
 
Markets are inherently uncertain. Entrepreneurs don’t know what consumers will want in the future. Because markets are constantly changing, entrepreneurs must be able to experiment with their organizations. That means designing the kind of businesses that they believe will be most effective.

The pizza and beer of BI: Qlik and TimeXtender

What’s better than pizza? Why, pizza and beer – of course! Lots of good things are even better together.  Apple pie and ice cream, burgers and fries, wine and cheese, and my personal favorite, QLIK and TimeXtender.
 
As our name suggests, time matters. Time to data matters. As a company, we believe that in this hypercompetitive world, no business leader, in fact no business user should ever lose time waiting for access to trustworthy data. We also believe that talented IT professionals should never waste precious time on tedious and redundant tasks.   
 
That’s why we developed the Data Discovery Hub, an agile software platform that leverages the power of automation and makes it easy to access, model and govern data. Unlike other solutions, which require a mix of tools and vendors for things like scripting, data prep and data blending, the data discovery hub from TimeXtender is a comprehensive end to end platform that provides the benefits of one stop shopping. It includes an Operational Data Store, a Modern Data Warehouse, and a semantic layer that connects automatically to QlikView and QlikSense.
 
I’ve been sharing this message at the Qlik Visualize Your World Tour and the response has been gratifying.  Companies around the globe are struggling to balance trust and transparency, governance and self-service, freedom and control. When IT professionals discover that there is an integrated platform that can help them achieve the best of both worlds, they just want to know more.

Three steps to BI data democratization

It's time to replace command and control data with democratized data access

Step 1: Move to self-service analytics

Business executives, managers, and frontline users in operations all are eager to move beyond the limits of spreadsheets so they can engage in deeper analysis and use data insights to guide all types of decisions. Happily, a plethora of self-service data visualization and Business Intelligence (BI)  tools have gained a foothold in the last 10 years to enable users to do just that. Qlik, Domo and Tableau all deliver on their promise to move even non-technical users beyond spreadsheets into actionable data visualization.

And these newer tools and methods are geared toward the needs of the business user rather than the IT professional, which in turn makes it possible for organizations to meet the demands of such non-technical users by enabling them to access, integrate, transform, and visualize data without heavy IT hand-holding. 

Five Keys to Ending the Battle Between Business and IT

Reflecting on My Presentation at The CIO Forum

There’s been a lot of talk about mindfulness in business. But mindfulness is about the opposite of talk. At TimeXtender, we begin our meetings with a moment of silence, a moment to connect with ourselves, with each other, and with what we are trying to achieve together. The mission we are on, helps more than our company.  It helps the customers and partners we serve. 

So this week, when I spoke at The CIO Forum in San Diego, I decided to bring that mindfulness to a broader arena.  I began my talk – not with a headline, not with a joke – but with a moment of silence.    To be honest, I felt a little nervous doing so.   Was this the right forum?  Is it the right thing to do?