All about Encoding: Latin1, Unicode, and the Swedish Chef

unicodeWorkbench® Visual Integrator (VI) has rich support for different types of file encoding. When you have input from multiple sources, you’ll want to make sure that the file encoding matches each of your input files. Just look at a VI script Filein input object, and you can see that it supports these encodings: auto, ascii, gb 18030, latin1, utf-8, unicode, unicode-be, and unicode-le. Likewise, Builderand Spectre™ support these encodings, too.

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Admittedly, this topic is pretty geeky, but does it pique your interest to plunge into the esoteric history of digital file encoding? What are each of these options? And, which do you choose? To answer these questions, to understand why different types of encoding are used, and to confidently make the right choices for your data, let’s start at the beginning. (more…)

How to Access Dimensional Insight Online Help

Dimensional Insight provides online help for the Diver 7.0 products including Workbench, ProDiver, DivePort, NetDiver, and Help Desk. In the Workbench help, you can find all the documentation for Workbench plus the DiveLine Server, DiveTab, Production, DiveMaster, DIAL, Spectre, Visual Builder, Visual Integrator, and Measure Factory. DivePort has separate online help for administrators and users. Separate helps for DiveTab end users are available upon request.

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How do you access the online help? Could you use some tips or tricks to find what you need and get you back to work faster? Read on!
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3 Ways Measure Factory Will Enable Data-Driven Decision Making

This week, we announced the availability of Measure Factory, our new automation engine that is an add-on to Diver Platform. Our goal with Measure Factory is to help organizations make better data-driven decisions that ultimately benefit their finances, operations, patient care (in the case of hospitals), and more.

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Want to learn more about Measure Factory and how it can benefit your organization? Here are 3 things Measure Factory is designed to accomplish.

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How to Use DI-Production Extensions

di-productionDI-Production is a visual tool for developing production scripts. Production scripts help you automate processes. The scripts can automate and schedule simple to very complex processes such as extract, transform, and load (ETL) related tasks like loading data, moving files, and building data models.

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But what if you have a task to automate that isn’t part of the standard set of process and control functions? What if you want to ensure that everyone on your development team uses the same solution for a given challenge? That’s the perfect time to create and use DI-Production extensions for standardized, reusable solutions. (more…)

Learn about Chart Portlet and the Future of Dimensional Insight Visualizations

chartlet portal on desktopDo you need to compare periodic sales data across different regions or different products to inform and support your sales team? You have the data, but you need to quickly turn it into easily consumable, visual presentations. Enter DivePort’s powerful chart portlet where you can produce and edit a multitude of visualizations without context switching as you customize your dashboard.

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The chart portlet is one of DivePort’s newest features. It was designed to be the main visualization tool for Spectre data in DivePort 7. However, you don’t need Spectre data to take advantage of the new chart portlet. Most of the features are compatible with models and marker files, too.

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How to Use Map Portlet to Visualize Geographic Data

color coded map of the worldEveryone knows the old adage, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” How true this is, too, for data represented geographically! Maps provide an intuitive way to compare data across various regions turning tabular data into easily interpreted visual information.

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Available in Dimensional Insight’s Diver Platform 7.0.26 and later, the map portlet is redesigned with a configuration wizard, graphical user interface, and significant new functionality to make it easy to integrate geographically represented data on your dashboards. (more…)

Integrating Statistics into Diver with R

Dimensional Insight’s powerful Diver Platform puts extensive data visualization options at your fingertips. It provides quick access to large volumes of data and dashboards that help you transform insights into measurable information. So, wouldn’t it be great if Diver could integrate statistics into dashboards? Well, it can!

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In this blog post, we will show you how to leverage the muscle of R, the data scientist’s go-to statistical computing and graphics language, with Diver. With R, you can have interactive forecasts and predictive functionality right in your DivePort dashboards. (more…)

3 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Diver Platform 7.0 and Spectre

diver platform 7.0When Dimensional Insight’s Model engine was introduced in 1989, it had many advantages compared to other relational databases at the time. Today, as columnar databases grow in popularity – and in performance – we have again outpaced the competition with the introduction of our new Spectre data engine.

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If you’re a Dimensional Insight customer, here are 3 reasons why you should upgrade to Diver Platform 7.0, which includes Spectre technology. (And if you’re not a Dimensional Insight customer, here’s why you’ll want to take a look at what we have to offer.) (more…)

DiveTab Mobile BI: What’s New and What’s to Come

mobile-biAnalysts project global spending on business intelligence (BI) will increase steadily over the next few years, with cloud BI projected to increase 20% in 2017. In addition, analysts project mobile BI in the global marketplace will reach 30% of the BI market by 2018. Why are these statistics so important? Because companies using analytics are five times more likely to make faster decisions. Even more exciting, the Leadership Excellence in Analytic Practices study (LEAP; released by A.T. Kearney in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon), showed that leaders of enterprises using analytics focus on collaboration in conjunction with BI, while laggards rely mainly on the technology.

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This is all great news for companies using (or looking to use) our DiveTab mobile BI platform. DiveTab’s focus is information proliferation and collaboration, using the latest in cloud computing technology to provide access to a full suite of powerful (and award-winning) BI analytics tools. What news could possibly add to the excitement? DiveTab just got a whole lot better, with numerous improvements and new features added in a recent update. Even better, more updates are on the way! Read on to learn more. (more…)

Need More Speed? Learn All About Our New Big Data Engine

We all know that data is growing, and it’s growing fast. In fact, IDC statistics show the big data market is growing about six times as much as the overall IT market is.

To address the need for super speed and the ability to handle high data volumes, Dimensional Insight has developed a new business intelligence (BI) data engine. Our lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts has been hard at work in developing this project, which we previewed to customers at our annual users conference earlier this summer.

Interested in getting inside the head of the lead developer of Diver’s data engine? Here’s an interview with Dimensional Insight’s Jamie Clark, who has the scoop on this exciting new technology.

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