Web Site Aims to Support BI/Data Warehousing

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-06-15 Print this article Print

Business Intelligence Network has partnered with Data Warehousing Institute to launch BI-BestPractices.com, which provides content and forums for professionals.

The Data Warehousing Institute and the Business Intelligence Network June 13 launched BI-BestPractices.com, a new partnership web site that serves as a collaborative, interactive community forum for the business intelligence/data warehousing industry.

BI-BestPractices.com provides relevant articles, case studies, podcasts, blogs and message boards, delivering the expertise of industry leaders and the collective experience of the BI/DW community from a vendor-neutral environment, a B-I Network spokesperson said.
Through BI-BestPractices.com, IT professionals and their business sponsors can share information about the issues they face on a daily basis, such as customer intelligence, dashboards and scorecards, data governance, enterprise BI/DW, government and non-profit issues, master data management, predictive analytics and other topics.
"We saw an opportunity for a unique way to serve the audience that both companies serve. Theres nobody out there focused specifically on enabling conversations about BI/best practices," Shawn Rogers, co-founder and executive vice president of the Business Intelligence Network, told eWEEK from company headquarters in Boulder, Colo. Might this be a sign that business is heating up in the BI/data-warehousing sector? "Yeah, I think theres been a lot of flux and change in the marketplace," Rogers said. "Teradatas about to be spun out by NCR later this year. Oracle purchased Hyperion, and SAP bought OutlookSoft. Theres a lot of consolidation, a lot of interesting things happening in the space right now. "Professionals are just looking for the best way to get the job done. What were hoping to enable with the site is to give them resources ... and access to industry experts, and most importantly, to have a platform for that conversation through things like blogs and discussion forums," Rogers said. Click here to read about Microsofts business intelligence strategy. Faced with the challenges and complexities of BI/DW implementations, people often do not know where to turn for practical advice and mentoring, said Richard Zbylut, general manager of The Data Warehousing Institute in Seattle. "This partnership with the Business Intelligence Network will enable us to share best practices and provide a venue for peer-to-peer connection, thereby meeting our goal of advancing the best practices of BI/DW," said Zbylut. Information about courses for professional advancement also can be found at the web site. Additionally, DWIs Best Practices Awards winners solutions in developing, deploying and maintaining applications for business intelligence, data warehousing and related data management areas are featured, Zbylut said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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