While big data and analytics dominated most media coverage over the past year, Information Management readers demonstrated interest in a broad spectrum of topics related to managing data and information.

Counting down to the most popular Information Management articles of 2013, here are the stories that our audience found interesting. (Please note: Free registration is required for most stories in the Information Management archive.)

13. “Insights Ahead: The Rise of Analytics as a Service” by Narendra Mulani
A look at the potential of analytics as a service.

12. “Bank of America CIO on Big Data, Emerging Enterprise Tech” by Penny Crosman
B of A’s Catherine Bessant hates the phrase big data and aims to avoid making data a “black box” that separates users.

11. “Why the Chief Data Officer is More Vital than Ever” by Justin Kern
An interview with Peter Aiken on the differences between the CDO, CIO and IT, and how businesses should reframe their data management practices and leadership.

10. “7 Reasons Why Scrum Fails” by Anand Paropkari
Find out if Scrum is the right approach for you and how to avoid the hurdles that can turn agile into something unwieldy.

9. “Five Principles of Data Warehouse Design” by Steve Chang
These five fundamental principles are key to defining the proper strategy for your data warehouse and are the pillars for establishing a solid foundation.

8. “Six Simple Steps to Enterprise Risk Management” by Loren Padelford
There are six simple steps to follow for effective risk management – regardless of the industry, vertical, size or scope of the project or company.

7. “Master Data Management or Data Governance? Yes, Please” by Robert Rich
The focused effort to manage master data coupled with an organization’s ability to leverage sources of big data, especially social networks, will result in optimized business processes and measurable business performance improvements.

6. “The Best and Worst Methods for Enterprise Architecture” by Justin Kern
There’s more footing for a business-driven approach; Gartner’s Betsy Burton offers best practices for strategic architecture, and the worst.

5. “Why Most BI Programs Under-Deliver Value” by Steve Dine
From the start, the road to business intelligence value is based on a flawed assumption and is destined to under deliver on its proposition.

4. “Rethinking the Dimensions of Data Quality” by Malcolm Chisholm
When it comes to data accuracy and abstractions, each dimension is a complex area with its own logical structure, specific problems and special methods.

3. “The Information Management Hierarchy of Needs” by Kelle O’Neal
Maybe the reason some companies don't value their data and/or information is that they have always had their basic data needs fulfilled.

2. “ETL to ELT Conversion Testing in Data Warehouse Engagements” by Sundaresa Subramanian
A shift in data architecture has led to a new data warehousing process, as the previous data models were not equipped to handle the exponential increase in user data.

1. “4 Big Cloud Computing Trends for 2013” by Bob Violino
Quantum’s data management, backup and recovery customers list their key issues for the year.

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This list did not include our top slide shows of 2013. Our most popular slide show this year was “10 Big Data Companies you Might Not Know.”

See our list of the most popular blog posts of the year.

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