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QlikView and IT: Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate

QlikView skill sets are a perfect fit for IT teams. To illustrate this point, the chart below breaks down the skills you need for QlikView development in two areas: general BI skills and QlikView-specific skills. The vast majority of skills needed for an enterprise deployment of QlikView are not only common to deployment of other BI platforms--but most...

Which Comes First: The BI or the Warehouse? Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 In the previous post, I discussed how prior "successes" in data warehousing and data mart creation in my business life had not necessarily translated in to business intelligence successes. Beautifully modeled data marts can go large unused. Rock solid and comprehensive data warehouses can be all but ignored by business users and BI teams....

Which Comes First: The BI or the Warehouse? Part 1 of 2

This post is part 1 of 2The first data mart I created was back in the late 1990's. I did everything right (or at least by the book). The users knew what they wanted, the data existed, the ETL tool was adequate and the data model came together like a dream (a geeky dream, not a cool dream like having super powers or winning the lottery). I was stoked!...

The Only BI Cost Formula You Will Ever Need

I'm continually amazed (and horrified) to see the annual BI maintenance and development budgets of clients that I visit. I think they are truly amazed themselves, and many times they wonder how they got to that point in the first place. It got me thinking about the parallels to automobile ownership. Did you ever have a car that you bought new, and then...

What is Scalability?

One of the best buzz words in BI is "scalability". Heck, it's even fun to say...scay-luh-bill-uh-tee. The problem, like any good BI buzz word, is that is has way too many meanings that are convenient, but misleading. Here is the Wikipedia definition of scalability:"scalability is a system's ability to either handle growing amounts of work in a graceful...

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