SOURCE: Kalido

June 26, 2012 11:00 ET

Gleanster Report Finds Agile Data Management Enables Smarter and Faster Business Decisions

Ability to Derive Valuable Insights Depends on the Integrity and Flexibility of Data Warehouse Foundation

BURLINGTON, MA and EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) -

News Facts

  • Gleanster, a best practices market research and advisory services firm, today unveiled the findings of a new report focused on agile data management.
  • As the number of data sources integrated into decision support systems grows exponentially, organizations need to keep in mind that tracking and measuring the success of data management initiatives is not just about the volume of data.
  • Empowering business users and analytics with the most relevant data and the ability to quickly access and act upon that information creates far greater value.
  • An agile data warehouse delivers flexibility, integrity and responsiveness as the foundation to ensure relevant and timely data for more actionable insights at the speed of business.
  • Analysts Jeff Zabin and Tim O'Brien will discuss the report during a free webinar on Thursday, June 28th at 11:00 am EDT. Register for the webinar "Agile Business Intelligence: You can only analyze what is there."
  • You can also download the report "How Agile Data Management Enables Faster, Smarter Business Decisions" in its entirety.

The Truth About Agile BI

  • Much has been said about the potential of agile Business Intelligence, yet the discussion has often centered on improving the interface for business users to self-service their data needs.
  • To achieve Agile BI, organizations must depend on the structural integrity and flexibility of data assets as well as how quickly both business and IT can adjust the parameters of their data to generate reports on the fly and make time-critical business decisions.
  • Agile BI and Agile Data Management go hand in hand as they rely on each other to be successful.

Automation and Governance

  • Ensuring integrity and time-relevance of information and enabling rapid responsiveness to change are core tenets of Agile Data Management.
  • Automating tasks to create, populate and update agile data warehouses from start to finish ensures that the business can quickly achieve initial value and sustain that value by rapidly adapting to changes in both the scope and source of data.
  • Governance is critical to standardizing policies and processes for business data across the organization.
  • Organizations need to consider how they can govern data -- not just documents -- across departments.

Supporting Quotes

  • Jeff Zabin, research director, Gleanster

    "The ability to sense and respond to emerging trends, competitive activity, brand devaluation threats and other potential pitfalls in a timely fashion -- turning on a dime when necessary -- can spell life of death for major corporations. Agile initiatives emphasize continuous efforts to refine and evolve data requirements on an ongoing basis. It is this new give-and-take mindset that presents novel challenges and opportunities for organizations willing to adopt a more mature approach to data management."

  • Allen Johnson, vice president of marketing and channels, Kalido

    "The research that Gleanster has done paints a clear picture that a key difference between performance leaders and laggards is the ease and speed with which they integrate new information into their analytics and reports. Their survey data reinforces data agility as a contributor to competitiveness and shines a light on how much an organization stands to lose by ignoring this building block in their business foundation."

About Gleanster:
Gleanster is a best practices market research and advisory services firm. We benchmark best practices in technology-enabled business initiatives, delivering actionable insights that allow companies to make smart business decisions and match their needs with vendor solutions. As the first market research firm to "go open," we also aggregate thought leadership in the form of white papers and research reports from third-party sources. For more information, please visit http://www.gleanster.com.

About Kalido
Kalido is the leading provider of agile information management software. Kalido enables companies to manage data as a shared enterprise asset by supporting the business process of data management. Kalido software has been deployed at more than 300 locations in over 100 countries, including 20 percent of the world's most profitable companies as determined by Fortune Magazine. More information about Kalido can be found at: http://www.kalido.com.

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