SQL Server 2016: Choosing Your R-Chitecture

Enthusiastic data miners are excited about the new possibilities which have opened up with Microsoft R. Not everyone, however, has realized that the so-called “in-database” R is not the best choice for every application of R to SQL Server data. One database administrator expressed concern about R competing with SQL Server for precious RAM. A […]
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Excel: Principal Component Analysis (PCA)

Learning PCA with Excel A student in Learning Tree’s Course 195, Power Excel: Analyzing Data to Make Business Decisions, asked “can you do Principal Component Analysis using Excel?” The answer that popped into my head was, “sure, but why would you want to?” If all you want are the results, you’re much better off using […]
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The Six Challenges of Business Intelligence

  Business Intelligence (BI) is: “The processes, technologies, and tools needed to turn data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into plans that drive profitable business action. Business intelligence encompasses data warehousing, business analytic tools, and content/knowledge management.“ —The Data Warehouse Institute Faculty Newsletter, Fall 2002 BI should deliver: Accurate answers to questions about […]
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Excel 2016: DAX Variables

  DAX Variables Well, DAX variables weren’t actually introduced with Excel 2016; they weren’t even introduced in 2016. Come to think of it, DAX variables aren’t even variables. Nevertheless, DAX variables are one of the most interesting and exciting recent additions to DAX. DAX variables were introduced to the Power Pivot engine in 2015, so […]
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How Business Service Management Can Help Silo-ed Management of Technology?

Businesses, customers, and IT organization are impacted if IT is managed and operated in silos. If businesses are not realizing their true potential, because IT is unable to deliver on its commitments, then business will likely face losses, ultimately impacting IT in a negative fashion. This does not suggest that all business enterprises irrespective of […]
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