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Wayne Kernochan

Business Intelligence 102: It's Come a Long Way, Baby

August 20, 2014

Business intelligence has come a long way, baby. Among other advancements, BI can be used to create dashboards with information about critical success factors or key metrics.

Business Intelligence 101: A Brief History

July 10, 2014

How did business intelligence evolve from simple batch reporting to today's near real-time querying?

IBM’s Watson Will Change Your Data Analytics – but How?

March 25, 2014

IBM is focusing on real-world use cases for its Watson technology. Enterprises are sure to follow. Where are some logical areas to put Watson to work?

How Qualitative Research Can Improve Your Business Analytics

February 18, 2014

While qualitative analytics is more popular in academia than in business, it can help enterprises improve their more traditional quantitative analytics.

Agile Insights into Predictive Analytics

January 19, 2014

Three common organizational issues can derail the effective use of predictive analytics. What can enterprises do to avoid these issues?

Big Data: What Will You Do for an Encore?

November 27, 2013

Organizations that want to keep deriving benefits from Big Data after the initial implementation will create a customer-driven analytical process, with an architecture to support it.

No Hadoop Expert? No Problem

October 7, 2013

Many enterprises can use Hadoop in tandem with traditional data warehouses and may not need to worry about hiring a staff of Hadoop experts, says Wayne Kernochan.

3 Rules for Data-driven Architecture

September 3, 2013

What is a data-driven architecture, and how can enterprises achieve it? Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates has three recommendations for doing so.

Can Big Data Avoid The Correlation Trap?

August 5, 2013

Can Big Data help enterprises establish causation, and thus avoid the data correlation trap? Yes, says Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates.

Hadoop in the Enterprise: Don’t Overpromise

June 5, 2013

Too few enterprises understand what they might gain from Hadoop -- or the risks Hadoop may introduce -- says Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates.

4 Barriers to Big Data Success -- and Ways to Overcome Them

May 13, 2013

Companies that are leveraging Big Data have identified four common barriers to Big Data success. Fortunately, all four barriers can be overcome with the right strategies.

Big Data Success: Focus on Customer, not Cost

April 12, 2013

It may seem counterintuitive, but Wayne Kernochan says that companies successfully using Big Data deliberately do not make cost reduction a top focus.

3 Big Data Lessons from 2012 Presidential Campaign

March 11, 2013

What can enterprises learn from how the two major political parties used Big Data in the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign?

Want Better Analytics? Put Sentiment Analysis in Context

February 12, 2013

While sentiment analysis shows a great deal of promise for improving customer interactions, companies must use it in context with their other market strategies.

Self-Service Business Intelligence: Not So Fast

November 26, 2012

Yes, self-service business intelligence can offer major benefits -- but not if it becomes the major focus of an organization's effort to become more "agile."

Sentiment Analysis: 3 Points to Remember

October 29, 2012

While sentiment analysis can be an effective addition to your customer analytics strategy, it is not a customer relationship cure-all.

5 Habits of Effective Agile BI

September 27, 2012

Effective agile business intelligence modifies agile practices to the needs of BI. Sounds simple, but it can be difficult to stick to this principle. Five habits should help.

Three Ways Agile Marketing Can Use BI

August 27, 2012

Wayne Kernochan outlines three key ways agile marketing can benefit from business intelligence and explains which BI best practices can move the needle.

7 Tools for Agile Business Intelligence

July 30, 2012

Wayne Kernochan, president of Infostructure Associates, recommends seven different types of tools that can go a long way toward enabling agile business intelligence.

Making Connection Between Agile Business Intelligence, Agile Marketing

June 26, 2012

It is pretty difficult to have agile marketing without agile business intelligence, says Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates. Here, he discusses how agile business intelligence can help drive an agile marketing process.

Six Ways Data Virtualization Can Boost Business Intelligence Agility

May 30, 2012

Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates suggests six ways data virtualization can be employed to deliver increased business intelligence agility.

Whither Embedded Analytics?

April 27, 2012

Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates encourages IT buyers to look at embedded analytics, saying as the technology matures it will turn out benefits at least equal to the whiz-bang high-end Big Data analytics now being sold – although the benefits will arrive in smaller per-project chunks.

Business Intelligence Ain't Over Until Exploratory Data Analysis Sings

April 9, 2012

Business intelligence analyst Wayne Kernochan, of Infostructure Associates, says it's a shame exploratory data analysis (EDA) doesn’t get more attention from enterprises looking to increase their competitive edge.

Making a Business Intelligence Case for Columnar Databases

March 14, 2012

Wayne Kernochan of Infostructure Associates says columnar databases are making a comeback – and for good reason.

Big Data Not the Answer to Business Agility

February 28, 2012

IT organizations must challenge vendors on their claims that their Big Data and business intelligence solutions "automagically" create business agility.

Business Analyst, IT Must Be Buddies for Effective Business Intelligence

January 19, 2012

Business analysts and IT programmers should be friends, or at least effective collaborators. They are carrying out separate agile processes, and the value of these to business intelligence and to overall business agility is halved if they fight with each other instead of abetting each other.

Rethinking Business Intelligence for Marketing: Strategy, Technology, Metrics

December 22, 2011

A recent IBM study highlights the shifting challenges for chief marketing officers and the potential for business intelligence.

Data Virtualization and Big Data Business Intelligence

November 7, 2011

Data virtualization could be the glue that ties together data warehouses and social media data.

Big Data, MapReduce, Hadoop, NoSQL: The Relational Technology Behind the Curtain

October 20, 2011

Hadoop has its limits for Big Data analytics – and relational databases may have more of a future than you think.

Rethinking Mobile Business Intelligence

September 7, 2011

Mobile BI must take into account multiple devices, data needs and work environments in order to be successful.

Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Data Virtualization

August 29, 2011

'Move or stay' is the big decision facing business intelligence implementations – should data be local or centralized? Some new technologies make the decision a lot more interesting than it used to be.

Business Intelligence Challenged by Social, Mobile Data

August 15, 2011

IT buyers need to look at the "other" category to determine which business intelligence vendors are flexible enough to keep up with fast-changing data sources.

Progress Software and Joe Isuzu: Process Intelligence, Not Business Agility

May 30, 2011

Progress Software promises to improve business processes, but can the company also improve business agility?

Why Most Business Intelligence Projects Fail

May 2, 2011

According to Gartner, 70 to 80 percent of business intelligence projects fail. The solution could be a more agile development process — and organization.

What Agile Business Intelligence Really Means

April 7, 2011

Agile business intelligence isn't a one-time upgrade, but a continual process.

Microsoft and HP Could Reshape the IT Landscape

January 21, 2011

Forced to pair up by the growing hardware and software dominance of IBM and Oracle, Microsoft and HP could grow increasingly closer over the next couple of years.

IBM's New Way of Selling IT

January 14, 2011

IBM has gone from selling TCO to selling "outcomes." What does the change in IT sales tactics mean for enterprise applications customers?

How to Make Mobile Business Intelligence Work Now

December 10, 2010

Mobile BI is a long way from mature, but there are ways users and vendors can make it work now — and your CRM program will reap the benefits.

Three Ideas That Could Bring Business Intelligence to the Masses

November 5, 2010

There are three things that could put business intelligence capabilities at everyone's fingertips, but will they ever happen? A long-suffering industry observer offers his wish list for BI software.