While big data was certainly one of the top themes of the year, Information Management readers also took interest in trending industry issues such as analytics, governance, visualization, cloud computing and mobile as well as and traditional BI concerns and IT resources. Counting down to the most popular piece, here are the stories that caught and held our readership’s attention.

10. “Predictive Analytics: Making Little Decisions with Big Data” by James Taylor
How big data and predictive analytics come together in the operational environment.

9. “Five Emerging Trends in Analytics” by Jane Griffin
The tools and development techniques available help just about any company with competent IT people to compete with analytics.

8. “10 Steps to Effective Data Governance for SMBs” by Maria C. Villar and Theresa C. Kushner
How business leaders in medium and small companies can implement a data governance program that is both effective and fits with the company’s size and resources

7. “How to Mine Unstructured Data” by Krishna Rupanagunta, David Zakkam and Harsha Rao
Gaining insight from unstructured data is difficult but not impossible.

6. “Data Mining and Predictive Analytics” by Prashant Pant
What you need to know to bring value to your decision-making process

5. “How to Design Dashboards for Business Productivity and Customer Experience” by David Toliver
Tips to keep a dashboard uncluttered while still providing a comprehensive, intelligence-rich snapshot of business information

4. “Big Data and the Coming Conceptual Model Revolution” by Malcolm Chisholm
There seems to be a lot of agreement that conceptual modeling is needed in data management. There is also some disagreement about what it is, and little understanding of how to do it.

3. “40 Vendors We're Watching 2012” story and slide shows by Information Management editorial staff
For a third year readers took interest in our list of up and coming vendors on our radar that are doing their part to shape the groundswell in information management technology.

2. “5 Common Mistakes People Make in the Name of Statistical Analysis” by Shashank Kumar Dubey and Dhiraj Rajaram
Our decisions are being increasingly impacted by these errors, which can result in major implications for our business.

1. “25 Top Information Managers” story and slide show by Jim Ericson and Justin Kern
For the third straight year, readers took interest in the inspiring work of their peers as we honored 25 of the industry’s top information managers as chosen by our trusted advisers and staff. This year’s honorees represented a wide variety of titles and industries, including professional sports, science, government, insurance, financial services, health care and hospitality and entertainment, among others.