Category: Data Discovery

Panning for Golden Insights in Your Data Lakes

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Data lakes provide an economical means for storing and processing data. However, gaps remain in the maturity and capability of data lakes, leaving organizations struggling with how to reap their benefits in analytic scenarios.

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BI Migration: What Should Your Journey to the Cloud Look Like?

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Should organizations with traditional business intelligence implementations stick with their traditional tools and try and run cloud tools alongside? Should they consider a more hybrid approach to running analytics? When should they look at migrating away from internal implementations and use cloud instead? Birst’s Southard Jones explores the options.

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Reimagining the User Experience for Business Intelligence

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Software applications have historically been built with a very specific purpose in mind. Word processors are designed for writing and editing documents, while spreadsheets are for working with numbers. Today’s more modern tools allow you to copy a portion of a spreadsheet and paste it into your written document, or even perform some basic calculations. However, the extent of crossover functionality is limited, and a clear delineation still exists between word processing and spreadsheets.

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Blurred Lines: Reimagining the User Experience for Business Intelligence

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Software applications have historically been built with a very specific purpose in mind. Word processors are designed for writing and editing documents, while spreadsheets are for working with numbers. Today’s more modern tools allow you to copy a portion of a spreadsheet and paste it into your written document, or even perform some basic calculations. However, the extent of crossover functionality is limited, and a clear delineation still exists between word processing and spreadsheets.

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The Battle of Business Intelligence: Data Discovery vs. Traditional BI

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We’re at a tipping point where using data to inform all types of business decisions is becoming the norm. With more and more data available to users and the increasingly competitive business landscape, it’s not surprising that the needs of business users are becoming more complex.

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Data Discovery: Is this the worst thing to happen to Business Intelligence?

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There, I’ve said it. I think it’s a question that needs to be asked because the answer isn’t a clear one to most of us. Data discovery is a rapidly growing part of the business intelligence (BI) market. In fact, millions of dollars are being spent on these tools annually. But the question remains, is data discovery actually a good thing?
I continue to be perplexed by the rise in popularity of data discovery so perhaps I should take a moment to explain my thinking.

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