• October 19, 2018

See Rocket’s new Business Intelligence solution (and take in a Red Sox game) on April 28

Rocket Discover is a new new self-service business intelligence solution, providing intuitive data preparation and discovery for business managers and executives. With just a few clicks, anyone can create colorful dashboards that help you analyze sales, profit, social media, and other information to make better business decisions. Rocket Discover easily connects to IBM Cognos TM1 […]

Integrated risk and strategy: what is the best that could happen?

Risks need to be identified, monitored and managed as an essential component of the strategic management process. The International Standards Organization under ISO 31000 defines risk as “the effect of uncertainty on objectives.” Yet, in my experience, risk is more often the afterthought of a plan and most often considered from the perspective of “what […]

Drowning in data? These four tips will come to your rescue.

As a guy who began his career two decades ago as a data analyst, stringing those three words together (“drowning in data”) in the subject line wasn’t easy…but sadly it can be true. One of my challenges as a consultant is managing the amount of data that I work with. A good majority of my […]

A BI/BA Competency Center has tremendous impact within an enterprise

It is impossible to overly stress the importance and effectiveness of implementing a competency center for Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA). These centers, frequently referred to as BICC or BACC, facilitate information sharing and the efficient management of BI tools within an organization. Regardless of the tool(s) in place within an organization, there […]

Beware of the expert

“When you’ve reached mastery in one art, you display it in every action. You control time.” – Yamamoto, “Pronate,” Racing Club EP (2000) I’ve been learning about Business Intelligence recently. I’m not an expert, but at some point in the future, I will list it on my LinkedIn profile, and people will begin to endorse […]

Is mobile computing scarier than Y2K?

Those of us older than 35 can vividly remember the Y2K scare perpetrated on the computing public by a variety of fear mongers two decades ago. Leading the doom and gloom scenario were the vendors most likely to profit from fixing the supposed problems. The widely held view was that most computer software and hardware […]

What to consider when buying a busines intelligence solution

What to consider when buying a BI solution   Considering an investment in Business Intelligence, or any enterprise software? One estimate by Gartner suggests that 75% of IT projects fail to meet objectives; have you thought about the unique requirements of your project that need to be addressed in order to avoid failure? Over the […]

What if anyone could do data prep?

What if everything you ever wanted to do in terms of enriching, transforming, merging (or in current Gartner parlance ‘wrangling’) disparately sourced data could be distilled down to just 7 functions? Is this an optimistic question? Well when you survey the established players in the Data Wrangling space, it does unfortunately appear so – or […]