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Archive for month: June, 2014

BI Portal Now Includes Visualizations

We are pleased to announce the latest release of UW’s Business Intelligence (BI) Portal. With the addition of data visualizations, the BI Portal is now positioned to be your one stop catalog for all central reports and analytics using Enterprise Data Warehouse data as well as departmental analytics from around the University.

Additional features in this release include:

  • Links to a growing repository of Knowledge Base articles on new EDW data releases are available under the Glossary tab
  • A more granular Alerts system tells you if there are issues with the individual reports, cubes, and visualizations
  • Several other enhancements that improve tablet users’ experience

Tableau Data Visualization Software Now Available for the Mac

Tableau 8.2, released June 19, is the first version of this easy-to-use data analysis visualization tool to run natively on the Mac. It provides faster loading and new map designs and supports high resolution images, letting you display large data sets and communicate information in a powerful way. License agreements make Tableau products available at reduced or no cost to full-time UW students, as well as faculty and staff.

UW’s Tableau deployment picked up by the Wall Street Journal

UW’s choice to use Tableau software as its primary data visualization tool, and the development of UW Profiles dashboards for exploring and understanding basic University data was reported in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal. Tableau is used to easily create interactive graphics, reports and dashboards that allow you to ask questions and see and understand data in meaningful ways. To develop UW Profiles, UW-IT partnered with the Office of Planning and Budgeting. UW Profiles and Tableau also were featured in the November 2013 Special Edition of UW-IT Insights.

Tableau Software logo

iSchool Capstone Students Partners in New Website

In January, UW-IT’s Enterprise Data & Analytics team began a partnership with three  iSchool graduate students. The goal: to envision, design, and build a new, user-focused website to inform readers about UW’s data and analytics resources.

Shih-Hao Chiu, Chia-Ching Liu, and Christine Lin, along with our iSchool student employee, Rui Zhang, worked side by side with our team to develop the new site in 4 short months. Early and intensive education sessions helped the students understand our mission and value to the University. They pored over our old site, and then quickly mocked up a cleaner navigation structure and an attractive design. Using agile methodology, we developed iteratively, and managed scope as needed to complete the site in time for their June graduation.

The new site moves away from a text-based format, using images and short narrative to guide readers to content of interest. Those interested in self-service can quickly find the reporting and data analysis tools available. Business Intelligence developers are supported as well with detailed instructional information designed to enhance productivity. Regarded as a national leader in warehousing and business intelligence, the website also features content for external parties interested in learning about our best practices. The new site contains many other features, including the ability to subscribe to news and alerts, a graphical timeline chronicling the history of the warehousing and business intelligence at UW, online registration for training and community events, links to videos, and more.

A hearty congratulations to our four iSchool Capstone students! Through many real-world experiences, they have helped produce a world-class site for higher education data & analytics.

Shih-Hao Chiu
Front-end Developer

Jessie Lin
Back-end Developer

Christine Liu
UX/UI Designer

Rui Zhang
Project Manager


UW EDW Leaders at Higher Ed Data Warehousing Conference

Six members of the Enterprise Data & Analytics unit presented at the annual Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum (HEDW) conference in April, in 5 different sessions, the highest number of presenters admitted from a single institution.

BK Chen
Deliver Business Value via MDM Efforts in Enterprise Analytics: A multi-factor analysis of our practices with two master data scenarios


Bart PietrzakPieter VisserBart Pietrzak & Pieter Visser
Closing the gap between IT and business: building and delivering BI solutions to enhance user experience



Ed RazonEd Razon
Is the Data Vault Methodology the Best Way to Structure Your University Data?


Bomani Siwatu
Data Warehouse Quality Assurance in an agile environment – a practical approach


Anja Canfield-BuddeAnja Canfield-Budde
Canfield-Budde has been elected president of HEDW for a second term, the first time in the organization’s 11-year history that a previous president was asked to serve again.