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Five steps to fostering data-driven decisions

BI technology is moving fast with techniques of getting value from data multiplying. Equally the digital era is driving change within business organisations, increasing the appetite within the most forward thinking businesses to find better ways of getting insights and deeper meaning from data. Data driven decision making is likely to become a growing business culture, with evolving BI technologies and trends becoming centre piece amongst organisation’s business strategies.

The secret sauce your analytics is missing: robots

In 2013, research firm Gartner predicted that by 2016, 75% of large enterprises will have more than four diverse automation technologies within their IT management portfolio. And robotics and automation were front and center of Gartner's top-10 list of strategic predictions for last fall, including the prediction that by 2020, autonomous software agents outside of human control will participate in 5% of all economic transactions.

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.