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December 2013

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Welcome to the December issue of Business Intelligence News!


As 2013 roles to a close we are all reflecting on how this year went and considering plans to do better in 2014. To help you along we have pulled together a few of our favorite blogs from the recent past. We also have the final set of blogs in the series on how to use critical thinking to make better decisions. We hope you can grab a moment to read through these pieces and set your sites high on delivering BI in 2014.

Saskia Battersby, GM BI Solution Management


Article1.pngThe Three Most Popular Blog Posts

We had some great contributors to this Business Intelligence Newsletter this year. In case you missed them, here are the most popular blogs:


1. From the April issue: Adam Binnie - Next Challenge in BI


Sampling is the backbone of all polling, marketing surveys, and health studies. Is sampling really important in the age of Big Data?  How can you avoid selection bias? What do you need to consider to make a sample truly representative?


Critical Thinking and Making a Case

People often assume that critical thinking is all about how to be critical of other people’s arguments. How do you persuade people of something they don’t already believe and do so reasonably and legitimately? Professor Battersby and Professor Bailin have some expert tips for us.

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What is Self-Service BI?

Does SAP have the right definition of self-service BI? The discussion around self-service BI and creating a balance between departmental and enterprise needs is an important one. While SAP may not have all the answers, but we are listening.


The Future is Predictive Analytics - Don't Get Left Behind

Jamie Fisher from SAP outlines why it’s more important than ever for small and midsize enterprises to invest in training for predictive analytics. With 42% of the workforce needing to use predictive tools regularly over the next five years, reducing the skills gap is critical.


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The Fan Experience Matters

Have you noticed that business intelligence solutions from SAP are being increasingly adopted by organizations in the sports and entertainment industry?  This is due in part to the increased use of BI for increasing fan experience and engagement. What does ‘fan experience’ really mean and how does BI come into play?


Read this new series to explore the relationship between fan experience and BI »


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For Mature Audiences Only - Or Rather, Those Looking for BI Maturity

Have you ever wondered where your organization falls on the BI maturity curve?  Colin Dover, the Senior Director of the Platform & Analytics Center of Excellence, shares how he helps organizations identify their current state of maturity and strategically improve their current BI situation.




What do the Empire State Building and the New World Trade Center building have in common?  ThyssenKrupp Steel - it’s in both of them. Clearly, ThyssenKrupp Steel is a company that spans generations and is built to last.  The company believes in constant improvement and leading, which is why it implemented the SAP HANA platform and SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions with SAP partner Kingfisher.

Listen to Richard Davis from ThyssenKrupp Steel talk about how SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence solutions have made a notable difference in its business.


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November: BI Myths

October: Critical Thinking


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