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Intelligent Enterprise Top Stories of 2009

Our ten most-popular articles of the year delivered helpful advice, forward-looking insight and deep analysis. Plus, we add our list of popular 'evergreen' gems offering timeless insight.
7. Financial Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting in Uncertain Times. Fast-changing business conditions call for agile planning, budgeting and forecasting. Cindy Jutras and David Hatch of Aberdeen Group explain why best-in-class companies are better at collaborating, reducing budget cycle times, and analyzing and reporting on planning, budgeting and forecast data.

8. A Data Warehousing Fitness Program for Lean Times. Bob Becker and Joy Mundy of Kimball Group explain how you can do more with less. Follow this data warehousing/BI strengthening regimen to cut cost, avoid expenditures and bulk up the bottom line.

9. Oracle Exadata: Still an Unknown Quantity. In this in-depth review of Exadata V1, Curt Monash sought clearer insight on cost and administrative overhead. Exadata V2 looks even more promising as an answer for large-scale data warehousing, but we'll reserve judgment until we hear more about production deployments.

10. Four Technologies Reshaping Business Intelligence. Doug Henschen explains how and why predictive analytics, real-time monitoring, in-memory processing and SaaS shaping the next generation of BI.

Top-Five Evergreen Articles of 2009

These articles were published between 2005 and 2008, yet they still offer relevant and useful advice that helps readers optimize performance, make the most of information, and choose the right technologies for their needs. Read on for timeless insight.

1. Business Process Management 101: The Basics of BPM and How to Choose the Right Suite. Just what is business process management and how do BPM systems work? Tulu Tanrikorur clears up some of the confusion and helps you choose the right product with a six-step guide to selecting a BPM suite.

2. Business Intelligence 2.0: Simpler, More Accessible, Inevitable. In early 2007, Neil Raden told us to say goodbye to complicated interfaces, disconnected analytics and shelfware. This essay has guided users and vendors alike toward simplicity, broad access and better ties between analysis and action.

3. Slowly Changing Dimensions Are Not Always as Easy as 1, 2, 3. There are three fundamental techniques for changing dimension attributes, but they leave gaps. Margy Ross and Ralph Kimball of Kimball Group explain hybrid approaches for coping with changing dimensions.

4. Six Steps to Better Sales Forecasting and Demand Planning. Most companies are immature and uncoordinated when it comes to sales forecasting and demand planning. Robert Kugel, CFA, of Ventana Research suggests six steps to increase forecast accuracy, speed planning cycles, reduce inventory costs, end stockouts, and increase customer satisfaction.

5. Practical Steps for Designing a Dimensional Model. Margy Ross of the Kimball Group explains a process that will ferret out the good, bad and ugly realities of your source data and help you avoid surprises, delays and cost overruns as you move from requirements gathering to final approval.

Thanks to everyone who visited during 2009. We hope you found our content useful, and we look forward to serving up more news, trend analysis and helpful how-to advice during 2010.

Happy New Year!