At first blush, subscribing to e-mail newsletters and RSS feeds seems like a good idea, but when are you going to read the content? You won’t, unless it’s valuable or a headline catches your eye. As a data analytics blogger for Spotfire’s Trends & Outliers blog, I have to wade through mucho material to get ideas and stay abreast of trends.
That’s why I’m sharing seven of my favorite resources available via e-mail and RSS feed to help you gain a better understanding of trends and news in the data analytics and business intelligence spaces.
Resource 1: Information Management’s Blog Newsletter
Delivered each Wednesday, the Information Management Blog Newsletter brings you insights and commentary from their impressive blog roll, which includes analysts and consultants who have their finger on the pulse of the industry.
Resource 2: James Kobielus’ Blog RSS Feed
A senior research analyst with Forrester Research, Kobielus’ blog focuses on many data analytics topics, but he often covers social BI, a hot topic in the business intelligence space. His blogs come out about once a month and are definitely worth a read.
Resource 3: Blog Notion’s Email Updates
Resource 4: BeyeNetwork.com’s Business Intelligence Trends Newsletter
BeyeNetwork.com is a valuable collection of BI and data analytics blogs, whitepapers, podcasts and videos. However, if you don’t want to experience information overload, check out the Business Intelligence Trends Newsletter. Delivered monthly, you’ll get a three-part article series (one per issue) on a BI trend, notifications of webinars and events and a list of recently published whitepapers.
Resource 5: Julie B. Hunt’s Blog RSS Feed
Julie B. Hunt’s blog RSS feed is a great read because she dives into great detail in her blog posts and takes a provocative approach to her topics, which encompass the socialization of business and how that affects BI. Hunt’s broad experience in software and attention to detail make her every month or so post very worth it.
Resource 6: Smart Data Collective’s Email Feed
Smart Data Collective is a social community for BI and data professionals. It’s more than a community; professionals in the mobile BI and advanced data analytics arenas submit the blog content. Sign up for updates via email or RSS.
Resource 7: LinkedIn’s 50,000+ Member Business Intelligence Professionals Daily Digest
There are dozens of groups for analytics and BI professionals, but this is the largest and most active. Many of the discussions span the course of months and are an education in BI for anyone looking for a primer. To find the group, search “Groups” for “Business Intelligence Professionals.”
This group also has a particularly active discussion on BI professionals on Twitter. Nearly every day, someone adds their Twitter handle and, if you add yours, you can receive updates to the discussion via email. The daily digest email gives you a chance to see what’s happening in the group and valuable insights into our profession. For those who like the weekly email approach, LinkedIn allows you to set your email preferences to a weekly digest.
Remember to subscribe to our blog to stay informed on these great resources and other topics in data analytics.
Spotfire Blogging Team
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Article first published as Seven Great Resources for Data Analytics and BI Insights on Technorati