The Perils of Predictive Analytics

There was a story last year about how Target predicted that a teenage girl was pregnant, based on her shopping habits, before her parents became aware of the situation. Target broke through to a new level of customer tracking with the help of statistical genius Andrew Pole, according to a New York Times Magazine cover…

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Bing: there it is! My PPS setup problem(s) solved.

Obligatory bing plug. The name is growing on me… Link #1 in the search results was Nick Barclay’s great post on sorting out PPS setup issues with SQL Server 2008: "System.Web.Extensions" performancepoint "configuration error" – Bing Useful reference linkages: Installing and Troubleshooting M&A on Win / SQL 2008 Install PerformancePoint Monitoring Server with SQL Server…

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Cool (Free, Open) Tools: SQL RSS

Even if nobody has asked you for an RSS feed of data in one or more of your databases, it won’t be long before they do! When they do, you can grab this configurable, easy to use data-driven RSS feed widget. A couple ideas for using this application: Business intelligence updates delivered to Microsoft Outlook…

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Is BI a state of mind?

I know several database gurus who would say that BI is a chemically induced state of mind since… It’s all too easy to get tripped up by technical, training or cultural issues. One challenge is the seemingly straightforward process of agreeing on common terms. Another is misinterpretation of data if managers focus only on numbers…

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