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Challenges in the Cloud

by Michael Wood

Will the cloud soon dominate enterprise computing? Yes...but that time hasn’t arrived just yet as there are still some challenges facing the cloud computing space. From the need for innovation in the area of disaster recovery to finding its next niche, the cloud has some decisions to make...

Are You Data Driven?

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Most of us know the resistance that can arise when presenting new ideas or creative thoughts to address age-old problems. Data can provide the mechanism for change, empowering you with the confidence to challenge the status quo. Research also suggests that a data-driven approach to decision making offers competitive advantages as well.

Essential Big Data Skills

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

As a project manager, have you been asked to lead a mission-critical big data project for your organization? To help you prepare, here are some of the essentials skills required to successfully manage a big data project.

It's Not the Data that's Important, It's the Story

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We live in an increasingly quantified world. It would strongly appear that this won't change much in the near future, but this creates a number of challenges--many of which aren't necessarily obvious. A significant challenge is simply what we often do with the data that we have.

How the Narwhal Beat the Orca

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

The outcome of this particular tale--a contest between a Narwhal and an Orca--certainly gave some people the hump and left others shouting for joy. What makes this contest interesting to us, however, is the role that big data played in its outcome.

Solving the Expertise Crisis in Your Big Data Project

by Joe Wynne

A Big Data project can come to a screeching halt without the proper expertise, and the expertise can be difficult to find today. Be sure to take the correct steps early on to ensure this type of project is successful.

Data? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Data! (Or Do We...?)

by Andy Jordan

Project management and data share a sometimes uncomfortable relationship, but there are plenty of opportunities for harmony. Data--and more specifically the ability to manage that data effectively--can be a powerful tool to assist project managers.

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.

The Cost of Bad Data Management

by Andy Jordan

How much money and time is wasted by inefficient use of the tools that you already have available? The benefits of database storage go far beyond current projects, and project management tools have become far more powerful. Are you harnessing this resource?

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

deliverable

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

deliverable

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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