Information Management’s bloggers offered their insights and opinions throughout the year, sometimes stirring up controversy and other times rallying the troops. The diverse range of expertise from all of our bloggers touches on industry trends, traditional BI and data management issues, and expectations of vendor strategies.

See our most popular posts from 2012, with a quote from each post, as we count them down to the most read blog post of the year.

10. “Living with Imperfect Data” by Jim Ericson
“It’s not necessarily an attribute of data to be right or wrong; often, data just is what it is. But how do we live with decisions formed from conclusions where the numbers we use are not numbers we’ve agreed to?”

9. “Evaluating Self-Service BI” by Boris Evelson
“… what does it take for a BI tool or application to enable all types of users (casual users, power users, and executives) to self-serve for new queries, reports, analytics, and dashboards? ‘Intuitive’ and ‘user friendly’ are subjective terms.”

8. “Big Data is More than Hadoop” by David Menninger
“… research shows that the most troublesome issues are not technical but people-related: staffing and training. Big data itself and these new approaches to processing it require additional resources and specialized skills.”
7. “2012's Hottest Data Integration Vendors” by Mark Smith
“Some providers provide more flexible integration points to data sources and targets for big data environments. Many now offer better integration with business processes and more direct support for business analytics. Many are getting better at applying analytics to data during the transformation process to support a range of big data and business process needs. “

6.  “Data Science Skepticism” by Steve Miller
“LinkedIn's Monica Rogati observes that data scientists are at the intersection of Columbus and Columbo – ‘starry eyed explorers and skeptical detectives.’ Amazon's John Rauser opines ‘A healthy dose of skepticism comprises the fourth dimension of the data scientist. If you have a healthy skepticism, you will look as hard for evidence that refutes your thesis as you will for evidence that confirms it.’”

5. “4 Reasons to Kill your Weekly Status Meeting” by Art Petty
“Few events do more to suck the life and energy out of a team than the boss’s weekly status meeting. If you are the boss, it’s time to exorcise these from your operating routine.”

4. “MDM: It’s Not About One Version of the Truth” by Michele Goetz
“What MDM provides are definitions and instructions on the right data to use in the right engagement. Context is a key value of MDM.”

3. “The State of Dashboards in 2012: Pathetic” by Mark Smith
“…some progress has been made, but the basic presentation of a number of charts on the screen has not improved significantly and worse yet neither has the usefulness of the charts.”

2. “Bosses: Stop Doing These 10 Things” by Art Petty
“Everyone on the Planet Except You Knows This, part 2: Quit trying to pass off your growth targets as strategies. Growth is an outcome, not a strategy!”

1. “The Hottest Business Intelligence Vendors of 2012” by Mark Smith
“…new technology advancements in business intelligence are critical to its future; [in our benchmark research on business intelligence] more than two-thirds of organizations will use BI on mobile technology in the next year, and more than a fifth will do so with collaboration technology.”

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