(Information is Beautiful)

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Data brokers: a black eye for Big Data

Data brokers: a black eye for Big Data

60 Minutes exposes tactics of “data brokers”


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Considerations for High Volume ETL Using SQL Server Integration Services

Considerations for High Volume ETL Using SQL Server Integration Services

I just happened upon this when looking for SSIS interview questions. What a wonderful article


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OBIEE Writeback

OBIEE Writeback

One of the cooler functions of OBIEE (in fact, the only one other than the iPad app, IMHO) – if it works.


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Install SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 without a domain

Install SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 without a domain


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10 Steps to Effective Data Governance for SMBs

10 Steps to Effective Data Governance for SMBs

Data Governance is an emerging business  priority. In a recent survey sponsored by IBM, two-thirds of all companies are implementing  or planning to implement a data governance program in the next  18 months.  Seventy percent see data governance growing in importance in the next three to five years.


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Choosing a Chart

Choosing a Chart

Charts help you visualize numeric data in a graphical format but the problem is there are just too many types of charts to choose from. You have bar charts, bubble charts, pie charts, line histograms and so on.

If you are finding it hard to pick the right chart type for your type of data, refer to chart chooser diagram, also available as a PDF, designed by Andrew Abela.

Start from the center of the poster and take the route that best matches your data type. Is the data static or does it change over time?

Related: Create Graphs Online with Google Charts

You may also want to check out Chart Chooser – an online tools that lets you shortlist charts visually. Chart Chooser is not as detailed as the above chart suggestion flowchart but the advantage is that it lets you download different chart types in a format that is ready to use inside Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint.


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Data Mining Tutorial

Data Mining Tutorial

Welcome to the Microsoft Analysis Services Basic Data Mining Tutorial. Microsoft SQL Server provides an integrated environment for creating and working with data mining models. In this tutorial, you will complete a scenario for a targeted mailing campaign in which you create models for analyzing and predicting customer purchasing behavior and for targeting potential buyers. The tutorial demonstrates how to use three of the most important data mining algorithms, how to analyze your findings using the mining model viewers, create predictions and accuracy charts, using the data mining tools that are included in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.