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IT (Operational) Vs. BT (Business Technology) Investments

IT spending is primarily focused on technologies to run the business primarily operations. With new ways of doing business, technology platforms decide the winners and losers. Typical brick and mortar versus online stores. If you look at the CIO’s budget, more than 70% goes to operational systems, infrastructure and keeping-the-lights-on-type-of applications, and the rest is […]

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Three Big Data Business Case Mistakes

Tomorrow I will be giving a webinar on creating business cases for Big Data. One of the reasons for the webinar was that there is very little information available on creating a Big Data business cases. Most of what is available boils down to a “trust me, Big Data will be of value.” Most information […]

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The Best Way to Limit the Value of Big Data

A few years back I worked for a client that was implementing cell level security on every data structure within their data warehouse. They had nearly 1,000 tables and 200,000 columns — yikes! Talking about administrative overhead. The logic was that data access should only be given on a need-to-know basis. The idea would be […]

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KScope14 Session: Empower Mobile Restaurant Operations Analytics

Perficient is exhibiting and presenting this week at KScope14 in Seattle, WA. On Monday, June 23 I presented my retail-focused solution offering built upon the success of Perficient’s Retail Pathways, but using the Oracle suite of products. In order to focus the discussion to fit within a one hour window I chose restaurant operations to […]

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Where and How to Learn Splunk

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise.” – Denis Waitley In all professions, and especially information services (IT), success and marketability depends upon an individual’s propensity for continued learning. With Splunk, there exist a number of options for increasing your knowledge and expertise. The following are just a few. We’ll […]

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All about CLEM

SPSS CLEM is the control Language for Expression Manipulation, which is used to build expressions within SPSS Modeler streams. CLEM is actually used in a number of SPSS “nodes” (among these are the Select and Derive nodes) and you can check the product documentation to see the extended list. CLEM expressions are constructed from: Values, […]

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Primary Practices for Examining Data

SPSS Data Audit Node       Once data is imported into SPSS Modeler, the next step is to explore the data and to become “thoroughly acquainted” with its characteristics. Most (if not all) data will contain problems or errors such as missing information and/or invalid values. Before any real work can be done using […]

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Data Consumption – Cognos TM1 vs. SPSS Modeler

In TM1, you may be used to “integer or string”, in SPSS Modeler, data gets much more interesting. In fact, you will need to be familiar with a concept known as “Field Measurement Level” and the practice of “Data Instantiation”. In TM1, data is transformed by aggregation, multiplication or division, concatenation or translation, and so […]

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Importing Data into SPSS Modeler for the TM1 Developer

If you have a TM1 background it is a quick step to using SPSS Modeler -if you look for similarities in how the tools handle certain tasks like, for example, importing data. With TM1, source data is transformed and loaded into cube structures for consolidation, modeling and reporting using its ETL tool TurboIntegrator. In SPSS […]

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Exposing TM1 Top

So what is TM1 TOP? Definition and Access The TM1 Top utility empowers you to dynamically monitor “threads” running in an instance of a Cognos TM1 server. TM1 Threads are of three possible “types”: User Threads – Name of an actual user that is logged into TM1 Chore Threads – A chore running on the […]

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Data Mining with IBM SPSS Modeler v15

Having recently completed the course “IBM SPSS Modeler & Data Mining” offered by Global Knowledge, I was looking to find more opportunities to do some modeling with SPSS Modeler. So, when I read in the news recently, about college recruiters using predictive techniques to determine the probability of a particular recruit graduating on time, I […]

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Three Attributes of an Agile BI System

In an earlier blog post I wrote that Agile BI was much more than just applying agile SDLC processes to traditional BI systems.  That is, Agile BI systems need to support business agility.   To support business agility, BI systems should address three main attributes: Usable and Extensible –  In a recent TDWI webinar on business […]

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Serviceability Auditing

Serviceability What is application serviceability?  “Serviceability (also known as supportability,) is one of the -ilities or aspects (from IBM’s RAS(U) (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Usability)). It refers to the ability of application support personnel to install, configure, and monitor an application, identify exceptions or faults, debug or isolate faults to root cause analysis, and provide […]

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Performance Testing TM1Web Applications with HP LoadRunner

If you’ve ever attempted to perform a performance test on a TM1 application, you know that there is not really an effective way to manually create sufficient load on a model. Getting “real users” to execute application operations – over and over again – is nearly impossible. Thankfully, an automated testing product can solve for […]

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Top 5 Best Practices for an Actionable BI Strategy

In an earlier blog post, I pointed out a number of companies complete a BI Strategy but only to shelve it shortly after its completion.   One main reason is that companies let their BI Strategy atrophy by not maintaining it; however, the other main cause of shelving a BI Strategy is that it was not […]

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Don’t Let Your BI Strategy Atrophy

I have been with a number of companies that have completed a BI Strategy, but have not followed and implemented the strategy.   Generally, we have seen two overarching reasons for this.  Either the strategy was allowed to atrophy OR there was something fundamentally wrong with the BI Strategy in the first place. I will focus […]

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Cognos TM1 – View and Subset Maintenance Considerations

TM1 TurboIntegrator is the programming or scripting tool that allows you to automate data importation, metadata management, and many other tasks. Scripts built with TurboIntegrator or “TI”, can be saved, edited and, through the use of chores, be set up to run at regular intervals.  TI scripts can be used to process existing TM1 data […]

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Change Data Capture – It’s all about timing !!

A few weeks ago, I got a gmail chat message from a friend telling me that my favorite sports team was having a great match and that i should definitely watch the match.  So I went to the sports portal to get the latest score and see what the team was doing. I found that […]

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Modeling with IBM Cognos TM1 Performance Modeler

  After you launch Performance Modeler, the “Model Design” pane displays to suggest the steps you need to take to create a model. There are 4 steps, including: Defining dimensions Building cubes Creating “links” between your cubes and finally, Adding Rules and Processes. Defining Dimensions Using TM1 Architect you can select Dimensions, right-click and select […]

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Information Management Architecture – Part 2

This post is a continuation to my previous post on changes to the Information Architecture in recent times with the advances in Big Data management. This post discusses the 2 common approaches to implementing Big Data in organizations which accommodate Big Data in existing Information Management framework. The two approaches are Knowledge pooling and Knowledge […]

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