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All Business Intelligence consultants are not created equal – How to ensure you get the best talent for your money.

Main Points:

  1. The supporting organization plays a significant role in resource quality
  2. Five questions to ask every BI consultant
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Developing Business Intelligence at St. Cloud State University

Developing Business Intelligence at St. Cloud State University
Michael Spitzer, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities - CAO/CSAO/Deans Conference, May 29, 2008

Strategic & Academic Action Planning Update
St. Cloud State University, MnSCU - Convocation Week 2008

St. Cloud State Institutional Measures
MnSCU, July 3, 2008

These three articles describe analytics and business intelligence at St. Cloud State University, one of the MnSCU institutions, which is using analytics to support strategic planning within the context of system planning.

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Cuyahoga Community College Gains Institutional Intelligence from SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server Customer Solutions Case Study, April 2008

This case study describes how Cuyahoga State University utilized consulting assistance to build its own advanced BI application, which it is deploying comprehensively in “institutional intelligence” to support academic and administrative decision making.

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What Every Campus Leader Needs to Know About Action Analytics

Donald Norris and Joan Leonard - Strategic Initiatives, Inc., March 10, 2008

This white paper compares the approaches which institutions can follow to build or buy advanced analytic applications that combine data warehouse capabilities, extract transfer and load (ETL), online analytic processing (OLAP), business intelligence tools, and presentation and visualization capabilities.  The paper review the questions campus leadership should answer in addressing their analytic needs.

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Best Practices in Building Analytics Capacity

Kenneth A. Moore, SVP Sinclair Community College - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

Sinclair Community College is recognized as a leading analytics practitioner.  Dr. Moore has led the combining of three units - Business intelligence, Institutional Research, and Student Services Research – into a robust institutional intelligence unit.  Strong focus  Robust data warehouse, data mining, predictive modeling, dash boarding are all part of Sinclair’s tools.  Next steps are getting into predictive modeling of financial aid default. optimal course pathways for learners, and optimal times for courses to be offered.

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Mighty Mashups: Do-It-Yourself Business Intelligence in a Down Economy

James G. Kobielu, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

This presentation was referenced by Dr. Paul Lefrere in his presentation on new directions in analytics and mashups using Web 2.0 capabilities.  This Powerpoint provides some interesting application ideas for the future.