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Planes, Trains, Automobiles… and Meetings

Sep 8, 2015 8:07:11 AM / by Matt Lesnak posted in Data Visualization, Data Analytics for Associations, data discovery, data quality management, data visualization, member engagement, Tableau, analytics, Association Analytics, Business Intelligence, business intelligence

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Each Labor Day weekend, analysts discuss the impact of gasoline prices and other factors on travel driven by an extra day off and the symbolic end of summer. Some estimates indicate that a greater number of travelers by car saved a collective $1.4 billion this year, much of which was spent elsewhere during trips.

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Association Analytics: Begin with the End in Mind

Aug 24, 2015 10:17:04 AM / by Debbie King posted in Data Visualization, association, associations, big data, Dashboards, data visualization, analytics, Association Analytics, Business Intelligence, business intelligence

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Often association leaders ask me, "Where is the best place for us to begin our data analytics initiative?"  I like this question and am reminded of Steven Covey's expression that before we undertake a new initiative, we should "begin with the end in mind".  When it comes to data analytics for associations, this means starting with your strategic plan.

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For Nonprofits and Associations, the Time is Now for BI

Jan 27, 2014 6:00:28 AM / by Jasmin Ritchie posted in associations, member engagement, BI, Business Intelligence, business intelligence, nonprofits

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Business Intelligence can improve nonprofit and association decision making.  Most of us are familiar with the scenario where we extract information from a variety of different systems that each serve their own purpose, but are not integrated.  In recent years, there has been a push to integrate systems or to try to put everything into one multi-purpose system, like an AMS (Association Management System) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management).  There are certainly benefits to this especially for the front-end users and customer service representatives.  However, there are challenges as well.  For example, it often will slow down a transactional system to store every email that was ever sent to a member.  It may also be cost prohibitive to have a real-time integration between all of your systems.

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Top Trends in Business Intelligence for Associations for 2014

Dec 23, 2013 9:02:01 AM / by Jasmin Ritchie posted in associations, Tableau, Business Intelligence, business intelligence, nonprofits

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Top Trends in Business Intelligence for Associations for 2014

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7 Business Intelligence Mistakes Associations Should Avoid

Oct 14, 2013 6:00:23 AM / by Jasmin Ritchie posted in associations, membership, trade, Business Intelligence, business intelligence, finance, nonprofits

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The private sector and government organizations have been using Business Intelligence (BI) for over 15 years. The good news for those of us in the association space is that we can learn from their mistakes and avoid them when starting BI programs for our associations. Below is a summary of common mistakes and how they can be avoided.

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Data Discovery – a "Bicycle for the Mind"

Sep 30, 2013 6:00:53 AM / by Debbie King posted in Data Visualization, associations, Dashboards, data discovery, Data Discovery, data visualization, business intelligence

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Steve Jobs said that computers are like a "bicycle for the mind" allowing us to go further faster with less effort.  Within the field of business intelligence, I believe data discovery should be the same, amplifying our intelligence and creativity, allowing us to see patterns and insights which we can use to create the future of our organizations.

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The Value of Data Discovery for Associations

Jul 1, 2013 6:00:25 AM / by Debbie King posted in Data Visualization, Agile, big data, data discovery, data visualization, analytics, Business Intelligence, business intelligence

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The Magic Quadrant

In February 2013, Gartner Inc. released an important report entitled Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms which details the current state of the business intelligence (BI) market and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of several of the top vendors. It’s interesting to note that in this report, Gartner emphasized the emergence of data discovery into the “mainstream business intelligence and analytics architecture”, something we have been highlighting at DSK Solutions for years.

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How Can Associations Use SQL 2012 Data Quality Services (DQS)?

Jun 24, 2013 6:22:26 PM / by Debbie King posted in data governance, Data Quality Management, associations, data discovery, data quality management, Business Intelligence, business intelligence

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This is what bad data is like...
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Business Intelligence Trends 2013

Apr 11, 2013 3:12:18 PM / by Debbie King posted in Data Quality Management, Data Visualization, associations, big data, data visualization, Business Intelligence, business intelligence, hadoop, predictive analytics

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Although the term "Business Intelligence" is so overused that it is almost meaningless, what is important to know is that advances in data science and analytics are affecting everyone - every day.  Tableau outlines important trends in this field for 2013. What do these trends mean to your association?

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Association Data Visualization: 5 Steps You Need to Know

Mar 31, 2013 11:08:21 AM / by Debbie King posted in Data Quality Management, associations, data visualization, Business Intelligence, business intelligence, Reporting tools

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5 Steps to Visualize Association Data

Big Data, business intelligence, analytics…..these terms have been buzz words headlining most association conferences this past year. When DSK presented at the ASAE Tech Conference last December, 80% of respondents to our straw poll noted their #1 question was “How do I get started with BI?” DSK has defined 5 Steps that form a framework for analytics and business intelligence initiatives for associations:

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