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Data management software and BI technology tutorials for the UK Staff's learning guides and tutorials are designed to help data management professionals learn more about technologies includingbusiness intelligence (BI), data warehousing, master data management (MDM), data integration, data quality and data governance and databases. Feel free to drop us an e-mail if you'd like us to cover other data management technologies, processes or trends in a learning guide or tutorial.

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Key considerations for business intelligence platform consolidation (Business intelligence)
In a recent study by Boston-based Forrester Research, close to 80% of companies polled said they use three or more BI products. According to experts, it is important for organizations to consider consolidating BI systems, but this is not as easy as it sounds. There are many reasons why organizations choose not to consolidate, while doing so effectively is quite a challenge.

Getting started with dashboards and scorecards (Business intelligence)
Many executives and business users use dashboards to understand how their business is performing. But in some organizations, dashboards are underutilized or underappreciated. It is a perpetual challenge for dashboard designers to present up-to-date information in a clear, concise manner that encourages interaction and meaningful results. In this guide, learn advanced strategies for creating actionable, interactive and user-friendly dashboards that will help your organization track key performance indicators (KPIs). Learn how to get started with dashboards, find out what a dashboard is and what it is not and discover how to gather input from business users about what they need in their dashboards.

Data warehouse appliance guide and special report (Data warehouse)
The data warehouse market is growing fast, and in particular there's been increased interest in data warehouse appliances. The high level of interest in appliances is causing many data warehouse vendors to change their strategies and jostle for position in what is becoming a red-hot part of the warehousing market. In this data warehouse appliance guide and special report, we've compiled informative articles, case studies, best-practices advice and reports on the latest data warehouse appliance trends and technology in the industry.

How to select the right SQL database (Databases)
The path to choosing the right mission-critical SQL database is paved with a wide range of choices. That's the good news. The bad news is there are also rich opportunities to choose the wrong database. Database administrators must carefully weigh the relative merits of each vendor's database technology and how each of those databases addresses the needs of their particular environment. It can be a complicated task, given the dozens of features and options available. In this guide we take a look at the relative strengths and weaknesses in the database offerings of the Big Three: Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

How to improve data quality on a tight budget (Data quality)
Many organizations may be tempted to forgo data quality management during a recession, but it is important that organizations assess the return on investment (ROI) of quality data, according to industry expert David Loshin. In this guide, you'll learn how to manage data quality efforts during an economic downturn and find out what trends are emerging in the data quality market. You'll also learn about common mistakes, how to avoid the pitfalls of poor data and how data quality tools and strategies can improve poor data quality.

Top eight data and application integration definitions and buzzwords (Data integration)
Integrating your data is critical to your organization's success, but with so many integration-related acronyms and buzzwords floating around, it can be hard to keep track of what they all mean and what they can do for you. To help you brush up on your integration vocabulary, we've compiled a list of eight top terms in the integration market, including ETL, enterprise application integration (EAI), real-time integration and more. Each data and application integration definition is linked to useful integration tutorials, training, expert advice and articles to help you optimize integration projects at your organization.

Master data management learning guide (Master data management)
Here you'll find articles, white papers, advice and resources to help you better administer a business-wide "system of record" to ensure consistency and improve efficiency. From an introduction to MDM-related terms to understanding the innovations in tools and technology, this is your best resource for getting started on the right foot with your MDM initiative.

Top 13 master data management (MDM) buzzwords and definitions (Master data management)
Whether you're thinking about implementing a new MDM system or evaluating possible tools and software to help your current data management and data integration initiatives, it's vital to understand current trends in this market, including the latest MDM definitions and industry buzzwords. And to help you get started (or reacquainted) with MDM, we've compiled a list of 13 top terms in this market, including data governance, product information management (PIM), enterprise master patient index (EMPI), MDM hub and more. Each MDM definition is linked to useful MDM tutorials, training, advice and articles to help you optimize MDM initiatives at your organization.

This was first published in March 2010