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Five Ways CMOs Can Use Data

Data and analytics is exploding. Whether you call it big data, business intelligence, or analytics, it is clear that the use of data is going to be critical to any company’s success. Especially in the bank and credit union industry, data and analytics is a relatively new concept. Sure, data has been used in the […]


KPIs and the Sierpinski Triangle

Most people don’t know it by name, but most recognize the unique design of the Sierpinski Triangle. The fractal is designed by recursively breaking down equilateral triangles into increasingly smaller triangles. Mathematicians have a field day with this type of object, but most people don’t equate it to any type of practical business visualization. As […]

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Member Segmentation Analysis and Insights Using Analytics

In our last post, we discussed why analytics will become a necessity to compete in an evolving banking industry. In that article, we promised to follow up with a series of posts that contain specific examples of how analytics can be applied. This first post will discuss how analytics and business intelligence can be used […]

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What Makes a Data Warehouse Different?

I get this question all the time: what makes a data warehouse different from a regular database? To those in organizations with a less robust business intelligence and analytics maturity, it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. However, there are very distinct differences between a data warehouse and a regular database. In this […]

Becoming a Data-Driven Credit Union

Data warehouses, multi-dimensional analysis cubes, and predictive analytics can appear to be imposing goals. Where do we start? How quickly can we accomplish our data goals? Do I have the right talent? These questions, and many like them, create doubt and concern amongst credit union executives wondering how they can start utilizing data better and […]

Data Mass Value Curve

In my post discussing Top-Down BI Strategy, I introduced a chart which I call the “Data Mass Value Curve”. This graph identifies an exponential increase in the value of the data as a function of the amount of data available. That is to say that the more data you have available to you, the value […]

Import Data into SQL from Excel

In our last lesson, we showed you how to use SSIS to export data to Excel. In fact, all of our previous SSIS lessons have focused on exporting data from SQL into some other format. In this lesson, however, we will show you how to import data from Excel into SQL. This is very helpful […]

Using the SQL Agent to Automate SSIS Packages

In our last post, we learned how to use SSIS to export data to a flat file. While that is certainly a step in the right direction towards removing all manual effort from our reporting processes, we still had to manually kick off that SSIS package. In this post, we are going to learn how […]

Using SSIS to Export Data to Flat Files

Up to this point, we have focused solely on using SSDT (SQL Server Data Tools) or BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio) to create SSRS reports. Another aspect of the Microsoft Business Intelligence software is a package known as SQL Server Integration Services or SSIS. SSIS is used primarily as a tool to move data in […]