Data Warehouse Architecture: Inmon CIF, Kimball Dimensional or Linstedt Data Vault?

Corporate Information Factory (CIF) data warehouse architecture was pioneered by Bill Inmon. It is also referred to as top-down approach because it represent complete view of enterprise data. Data is stored in 3rd normal form (3NF) closely resembling source system structures. To capture historic data changes timestamps are added to each table key columns.…

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Finding the Creative Spark

The Chicago Tech Summit was a one-day conference as part of Chicago Ideas Week that focused on sharing leading trends in entrepreneurship, web, design, data and innovation.  The day was spent with executives from GE, Etsy, Quirky, IDEO, Myspace, Lulu, Groupon, PayPal and Girls Who Code, among others, learning about their experiences and industry best practices. …

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2013 Customer Insights & Experience Diagnostic Survey Results

Many firms believe they are customer-centric and focused on improving their customer experience, but what measurements do they have in place to be sure? Industry benchmarks and best practices vary, and the customer landscape is constantly shifting, so success in this area can feel like a moving target. While some of organizations are realizing results from their customer experience efforts...

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Quebec Law 41: Prepare yourself!

The National Assembly of Quebec unanimously approved Act 41 – an amendment to the Pharmacy Act – to empower pharmacists to contribute more and improve the overall healthcare system. Under Act 41, pharmacies will be able to: Renew a doctor’s prescription for up to one year Modify a prescription’s dosage or quantity of an existing and valid prescription Prescribe a medication when no diagnosis...

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The What and Why of Natural Capital

In your first week of Econ 101 you were probably introduced to the idea of capital. To a firm, capital represents the physical equipment or inputs that are used in the production of a good or service; basically capital is what you use to run your business. Traditionally, economics has separated this type of capital from natural resources primarily because natural resources were always...

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Pharma Industry Transformation: Welcome aboard

The pharmaceutical industry is undergoing significant change. A decline in blockbuster drugs, eroding profit margins and changing customer preferences and demands present challenges, but also opportunities for pharma companies. Transformation will occur from R&D to Consumers. It’s no secret that the pharma sector is behind when it comes to operating efficiently, especially in the...

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Why healthcare organizations should be thinking about tomorrow today

Payers today face evolving and unclear industry regulation and an increasingly competitive landscape.  Inevitably, the Affordable Care Act presents a handful of problems to healthcare insurers: evolving mandates, new plan design requirements, emergence of direct to consumer marketing, and profit ceilings —  just to name a few. To mitigate the risks of a changing industry landscape...

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How to Avoid Groundhog Day Syndrome in Software Demonstrations

As your organization’s project manager in a software selection, you’ve been working hard for the last month or two gathering requirements, reviewing RFPs, and managing the team’s expectations. The time for the software demonstrations has arrived at last and you walk into the presentation room and think you finally have an opportunity to sit back with a donut, cup of coffee, and watch the...

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Best Practices Negotiating Enterprise Software

The last phase of the software selection process, negotiations, is often the most overlooked, especially from the perspective of the IT organization.  But once you have analyzed a vendor’s initial total cost of ownership (TCO) and evaluated the options via a balanced scorecard framework, you need to have a plan for software negotiations; it cannot be an afterthought of your selection...

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Understanding the trade-offs of various software selection project approaches

Depending on my client’s priorities and appetite as it relates to timeline, budget and risk in the selection process, I recommend one of the following five approaches to software selection for the most important business applications (e.g., ERP, claims platform, loan origination): Standard software selection (10 to 12 weeks) – The most comprehensive and recommended option, with the longest...

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