business-intelligence3BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

MANAGEMENT: Data Alone Won’t Guarantee Better Marketing Decisions. If we have the data we need, why is it that it can’t lead to better business decisions? I was often asked this question in the business intelligence (BI) course I taught for a doctorate program – especially by those candidates with a marketing or finance background. The concept of “better-informed” decisions is distinctly different than the concept of “better” decisions in business. Read more

BI TOOLS: What Should You Invest In This Year? The BI software domain has seen massive change over the last few years, as innovation has introduced a bewildering array of new products. However, the contours of the overall software category are clear enough with the emergence of six principal types or sub-categories of BI software. Read more

POWER BI: 16 New Updates to the Power BI Designer Preview. Microsoft announces a new update for the Power BI Designer Preview. This update is their biggest one to date, as it brings lots of new capabilities into the Designer; particularly, the ability to create measures using DAX, as well as several other new Modeling & Query features. If that wasn’t enough, there are also some performance and usability improvements waiting for you to try… Read more


SOLUTIONS: How to Attach a SQL Server Database without a Transaction Log and with Open Transactions. Here the author will cover the not so uncommon scenario where someone gives you a SQL Server database to attach to your instance, but only gives you the *.mdf file. Unfortunately, when you try to attach the database the SQL Server engine complains about the missing transaction log and aborts the attachment process. Read more

MOBILE SECURITY: Squaring Big Data With Database Queries. Although next-gen big data tools such as Hadoop, Spark, and MongoDB are finding more and more uses, most organizations need to maintain data in traditional relational stores as well. Deriving the benefits of both key/value stores and relational databases takes a lot of juggling. Read more


HEALTH IT GRANTS: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are teaming to develop specialized technical assistance and comprehensive online health IT tools and resources… Read more

NIST TIPS: Choosing the Right Federal Cloud Solution. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is responsible for guiding the adoption of cloud computing throughout the federal government. NIST researchers wrote the widely recognized definition of cloud computing and in 2014 published the first volume of the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, “High-Priority Requirements to Further USG Agency Cloud Computing Adoption.” Read more

NSTIC PRIVACY RULES: Smelling The Roses In The IDESG. The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG), now in its third year, is a key part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). It serves as a forum to build the core set of rules and standards to promote privacy, security, interoperability, and ease of use for online services. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – June 11, 2015

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