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Business Intelligence Guidebook : From Data Integration to Analytics - Rick Sherman

Business Intelligence Guidebook

From Data Integration to Analytics


Published: 14th November 2014
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Between the high-level concepts of business intelligence and the nitty-gritty instructions for using vendors' tools lies the essential, yet poorly-understood layer of architecture, design and process. Without this knowledge, Big Data is belittled - projects flounder, are late and go over budget. Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data Integration to Analytics shines a bright light on an often neglected topic, arming you with the knowledge you need to design rock-solid business intelligence and data integration processes. Practicing consultant and adjunct BI professor Rick Sherman takes the guesswork out of creating systems that are cost-effective, reusable and essential for transforming raw data into valuable information for business decision-makers.

After reading this book, you will be able to design the overall architecture for functioning business intelligence systems with the supporting data warehousing and data-integration applications. You will have the information you need to get a project launched, developed, managed and delivered on time and on budget - turning the deluge of data into actionable information that fuels business knowledge. Finally, you'll give your career a boost by demonstrating an essential knowledge that puts corporate BI projects on a fast-track to success.

  • Provides practical guidelines for building successful BI, DW and data integration solutions.
  • Explains underlying BI, DW and data integration design, architecture and processes in clear, accessible language.
  • Includes the complete project development lifecycle that can be applied at large enterprises as well as at small to medium-sized businesses
  • Describes best practices and pragmatic approaches so readers can put them into action.
  • Companion website includes templates and examples, further discussion of key topics, instructor materials, and references to trusted industry sources.


A Comprehensive Guide


I am not a beginner in BI. Despite that I found the book very informative, as even though the concepts are not new, they are admirably organised and competently reviewed and commented. I particularly liked the fact that no software name is to be found throughout the book, keeping the subject matter completely impartial.

Sydney, Australia


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"Anyone tasked with business intelligence and data integration will want this outstanding introduction and guidebook.An established professional will also not be disappointed with the fresh how-to look. I highly recommend it."--Computing Reviews, Business Intelligence Guidebook "The world of architecture and technology is rapidly changing and has been for a while. Fortunately we have people like Rick Sherman who stay abreast of the latest advances. This book is as close to a complete A to Z guidebook as you will find. I recommend this book for every professional's desk." - Bill Inmon, Forest Rim Technology "Rick covers a lot of ground in the BI Guidebook offering clear explanations of a wide range of BI and DW topics (e.g., technologies, methodologies). His approach makes it both a useful primer for those new to Business Intelligence as well as a great reference for more seasoned pros . - Howard Dresner, Chief Research Officer Dresner Advisory Services "Anyone looking to rollout a business intelligence initiative or shore up a fledgling one can benefit from the BI Guidebook. Rick Sherman leaves no stone unturned and takes a deep dive into a complex and diverse field. Even a seasoned BI professional will enjoy having this book as a reference within arm's reach." - William McNight "One cannot manage a business or run any organization without measurement: knowing where you'v been, where you are and where you are going. But while BI is the key enabler for such quantitative enterprise management, it remains one of the more complicated areas of information technology. BI encompasses a wide range of expertise from the technical mastery of building data models to the psychological finesse of resolving conflicts between IT and business people. This is why educating the market on best practices is so important, and why Forrester encourages reading and studying books that arm people with the knowledge they need to tackle the myriad challenges of implementing BI projects. This book, particularly, confirms Forrester's position that data is a vital tool and a corporate asset that should have direct impact on enterprise top and bottom lines, as well as balance sheets." - Boris Evelson, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.

Concepts and Context 1 Introduction Business and Technical Needs 2 Justifying BI (Building Business and Technical Case 3 Defining Requirements - Business, Data and Quality Architectural Framework 4 Architecture Introduction 5 Information Architecture 6 Data Architecture 7 Technology and Product Architectures Data Design 8 Foundational Data Modeling 9 Dimensional Modeling 10 Advanced Dimensional Modeling Data Integration Design 11 Data Integration Processes 12 Data Integration Design & Development BI Design 13 BI Applications 14 BI Design & Development 15 Advanced Analytics 16 Data Shadow Systems Organization 17 People, Process and Politics 18 Project Management 19 Centers of Excellence

ISBN: 9780124114616
ISBN-10: 012411461X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 550
Published: 14th November 2014
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 18.8  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 1.12
Edition Number: 1