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The Data Center Debate

by Michael Wood

Keeping the data center in house is becoming an increasingly expensive and risk-laden endeavor. Outsourcing the data center can ignite all sorts of fear, uncertainty and doubt. So which is better? Specifically, which is better for your organization? Perhaps reflecting on the tradeoff between each can help you choose a path that is prudent and wise.

Data Visualization for Projects: How to Get Your Message Across

by Mike Donoghue

The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is one that can aptly be put to the test when attempting to convey technical complexities and nuances. Communicating these issues through visual means can increase the perception and appreciation of the challenges and rewards that a project can bring.

Business Too Intelligent?

by Mike Donoghue

Extending ourselves through online profiles and social channels, we are exposing more of our individuality--and essentially building a virtual persona that others can recognize and use for a number of purposes. When it comes to identity and security, do you feel safe or paranoid?

Uncovering Big Data

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Big Data has become the latest craze within the IT community, revolutionizing business intelligence capabilities. But what is it really--and how will it impact our community? Here are some tips for the PM to evolve with this emerging trend.

BI and the Portfolio: Improving Annual Planning

by Andy Jordan

There is no silver bullet that will allow us to remove all uncertainty, but we can apply some business intelligence practices to the concept of annual planning to at least increase our confidence levels and reduce the risks around the decisions that we make.

Maintaining Momentum in BI Projects

by Joe Wynne

In an initial business intelligence project, you run the risk of failure from loss of the initiative’s momentum due to inadequate support from business leaders. What tactics are needed to defeat this loss of momentum?

Business Intelligence as PM Decision Support

by Andy Jordan

Project portfolio management tools are becoming more widespread and more powerful, but are we fully leveraging them as well as we might? There could be some exciting things possible if we combine a PPM database with a BI tool.

Big Data & Project Management: Is There a Point?

by Mark Mullaly, PMP

Inevitably, the intersection of big data and the idea of the quantified self (the hot movement of the moment) is going to show up in project management. Think of it as the “quantified project” where just about everything about a project can be measured, reported on and managed. Arguably, someone may be trying to invent this very thing right now. But should they?

A More Scientific Approach to Lessons Learned?

by Andy Jordan

Lessons learned is still a bit of a joke in many organizations, a process that is paid lip service without any expectation that any of the lessons will even be shared. Can we improve things with a little science? One PM believes that we need to address two specific elements...

Data Warehouse BQA Prototype Plan

PREMIUM project plan

This Microsoft Project Plan will walk you through the ins and outs of putting together a business question assessment to analyze the data you need for your data warehouse.

Data Warehouse Strategy Project Plan

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Need to plan a data warehouse project? This synopsis outlines the steps, deliverables and team roles for strategizing, architecting, designing and planning the implementation of a data warehouse.

List of Common Schedule Risks

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This list and overview of common schedule risks will help you maintain vigilance against pitfalls that can interrupt, stop or ruin your software development project.

Data Transformation Map

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Map the transformation of the data elements from source system tables to data warehouse target tables.

Data Warehouse Extraction Tool Recommendation

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How do you select the best data extraction/transformation toolset for your data warehouse? Evaluate features, functionality, vendor reputation... the works. Follow the example set by this robust tool evaluation.

Redbrick Data Warehouse Backup and Restore Procedure

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Even though you've built the perfect data warehouse, it's better to be safe than sorry if something goes wrong during its operation and you need to restore the original data files. Take the time to document your backup and recovery procedures, as in this example.

Data Warehouse QA Form

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A handy spreadsheet for recording Data Warehouse QA issues, from data transformation to report generation problems.

Offshore Outsourcing Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

Find greater profits using offshore outsourcing, and use this project plan to make sure it's done right--and on time.

Data Warehouse Tool Cost Matrix

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There's a lot to consider when selecting a Data Warehouse toolset. Use this comprehensive tool evaluation matrix to guide your final selection.

Data Warehouse Tool Selection Plan

PREMIUM project plan

This Microsoft Project plan can serve as a guide to evaluating vendor tools for your data warehouse. It includes a Gantt chart schedule and cost analysis for the complete tool selection process.

Business Case

PREMIUM deliverable

Mission-critical projects need to be well-justified, with clear goals that can be referenced throughout the life of the project. This business case template offers an excellent approach to goal-setting and a way to communicate those goals effectively.

Self-Documenting Code Checklist

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Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.

Data Warehouse Project Plan

PREMIUM project plan

Are you putting together a data warehouse? This Microsoft Project plan will help you keep tabs on all the complex stages and steps involved in building decision support systems and a knowledge-based applications architecture and environment.

Integration Test Plan Outline

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Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.

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