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Intelligent Enterprise Top Stories of 2009

Our ten most-popular articles of the year delivered helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis. Plus, we add our list of popular 'evergreen' gems offering timeless insight.

Shelf life. That's what separates many Intelligent Enterprise articles from transient news coverage that holds momentary interest today but that quickly loses relevance. Popularity on Intelligent Enterprise also has little to do with iPhone, Web search engine wars or which celebrity topic caused Web site crashes. That qualifies as tech coverage to some, but Intelligent Enterprise readers want helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis of trends shaping enterprise-level information management, business intelligence, application and business-process challenges.

As in years past, readers were drawn to this site by top-notch content from industry-expert contributors including Kimball Group, David Stodder, Seth Grimes and Cindi Howson. Read on to uncover the must-read articles you may have missed.

Top-Ten Intelligent Enterprise Articles Published in 2009

1. The 10 Essential Rules of Dimensional Modeling. Follow the rules to ensure granular data, flexibility and a future-proofed data warehouse. Break the rules and you'll confuse users and run into brick walls. Margy Ross of Kimball Group explains.

2. Nine BI Megatrends for 2009. David Stodder looks at open-source software, dynamic interfaces, and data warehouse innovations reshaping business intelligence and information management. Get ready for the next waves that will help you ride out a tough economy.

3. Six Key Decisions for ETL Architectures. Bob Becker of Kimball Group offers best-practice advice on software vs. coding, where to integrate, how to capture changed data, when to stage data, where to correct data and what latency levels to shoot for.

4. Five Alternatives for Better Employee Dimension Modeling. The employee dimension presents one of the trickier challenges in data warehouse modeling. Joy Mundy of Kimball group presents five approaches ease the complication of designing and maintaining a 'Reports To' hierarchy for ever-changing reporting relationships and organizational structures.

5. Image Gallery: See Connections with Visualization. Seth Grimes' tour of intuitive, "next-era" techniques for exploring data and developing insights on information.

6. Take Advantage of In-Memory Analytics. As Cindi Howson of BI Scorecard explains, fast analysis, better insight and rapid deployment are among the benefits of in-memory analytics, but different products are appropriate for different environments. Read the executive summary or download the full report.

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