Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Stories of 2008.

How-to articles trump news and trend pieces yet again.
"Practice refrigerator journalism." This bit of advice, offered by a professor of the noted school of journalism at Washington University, encourages reporters and editors to deliver news that people can use — stories so useful they just might cut them out and put them on the refrigerator as a handy reference.

Okay, so you probably won't see a lengthy tome on business intelligence or data warehousing up on a refrigerator, but the readers of Intelligent Enterprise have made it clear, through their clicks on eight out of this year's top-ten stories, that they favor stories that are useful and instructive. So without further ado, here's our top-ten list for 2008:

Top-Ten Stories of 2008
1. Intelligent Enterprise 2008 Editors' Choice Awards
2. Column-Store Databases and DW Appliances: How to Make the Right Choice
3. Special Report: BI Megatrends 2008
4. How to Choose Among the Four Bright Lights of BI
5. Kimball University: Should You Use and ETL Tool
6. Kimball University: Microsoft SQL Server Comes of Age for Data Warehousing
7. Six Steps to Better Sales Forecasting and Demand Planning
8. Kimball University: Data Stewardship 101
9. Operational BI: Getting Real-Time About Performance
10. BPMS Watch Rates 11 Business Process Management Suites

Some articles are so useful, instructive and timeless, they turn up on our top-articles list every year. Here are the five most popular articles of the year published prior to 2008:

Top-Five 'Evergreen' Articles
1. Business Process Management 101: The Basics of BPM and How to Choose the Right Suite
2. Business Intelligence 2.0: Simpler, More Accessible, Inevitable
3. Slowly Changing Dimensions are Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3
4. Kimball University: The Subsystems of ETL Revisited
5. BI Scorecard: The Best BI Tool

Thanks for visiting Intelligent Enterprise throughout the year and have a happy and healthy New Year!

Editor's Choice
Brandon Taylor, Digital Editorial Program Manager
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor
Terry White, Associate Chief Analyst, Omdia
Richard Pallardy, Freelance Writer
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek
Pam Baker, Contributing Writer