December 21, 2009 -- Some people think that only the latest information is valuable or interesting. But the truth is, many of Information Management’s most read stories during the past year are classics from our DM Review days. Sure, times have changed, but we can still learn from the wisdom of voices past.

Bill Inmon has two stories in our most popular list, proving that the father of data warehousing is still widely popular, even though this article on the operational data store is more than a decade old.

Perhaps ahead of his time, Malcolm Chisholm wrote a column on master data versus reference data in 2006. I know firsthand that this is still a topic of interest, because I witnessed attendees asking about the differences between master and reference data at IM’s MDM Summit in New York earlier this month.

Not surprisingly, site visitors were researching career wisdom. Surprisingly, some insights were gained from news written in 2004 – I’m sure the market has changed significantly since then, but sometimes any little bit of wisdom helps.

In 2001 Mike Schroeck wrote about how analytics are changing the role of finance within organizations. The economic turmoil of the past two years is a catalyst for people to pay attention.

In what is likely the most heated debate in the data warehousing industry, most data management practitioners have their opinion about which guru is correct. People still want to know about Kimball versus Inmon.

Within our pages, we’ve been fortunate to bring you insights from both of the leading data warehousing gurus (see previous listings). Ralph Kimball published a popular series of columns in 2007 and 2008 on Dimensional Perspectives. This column on fact tables was one of the most popular over the past 12 months.

Revealing that KPIs and performance management were gaining traction five years ago, Kent Bauer has two articles that were highly popular this year.

The conundrum about how to handle unstructured data in a world designed for structured data was flustering people half a decade ago, and evidently people are still seeking insight about how to face those challenges today.

Huh, how did this 2004 regurgitated press release make our most popular list? Oh, that’s right. Oracle has a huge following.

"What are Performance Dashboards" is a chapter excerpted from Wayne Eckerson’s book, Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (October 2005).

BI’s evolution has been steady in the past decade as people began using data for better decisions. The terms strategic, tactical and operational BI were precursors to today’s pervasive BI.

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