May 2016

Extra, Extra! 

Hello and welcome to the first edition of CeDAR News.  This newsletter will be published on a quarterly basis and will be used to highlight current and future events, changes, and developments that affect CeDAR and the user community as well as to spotlight people and/or projects that may be of special interest to Princeton.  The mission of CeDAR is to provide a managed, robust, and comprehensive set of services and tools that will encourage and enable members of the university community to better understand and utilize the information resources available to them.  Editions to CeDAR News will be archived on our website and available to you anytime.
In this Edition:
With the recent migrations from Roxen to Drupal, CeDAR is proud to announce the launch of its new and improved website.  We encourage you to take a look and get familiar with the services we offer. The website has been created to provide members of the Princeton community with valuable information and resources to further the university's commitment to data, analytics, and reporting. It is our intention that both this newsletter and our new website will become key components of our ability to deliver these services and tools through an interesting and valuable set of communication outlets.  Visit and bookmark the new site:
Data.  Set.  Flow.  The term "Tableau" has become the buzz word on campus.  Tableau is a tool that we're implementing that allows our customers to visualize and better understand their data. 

For many years, people have used visualizations to explain the world around them -- now we have a tool to help us do this in a simple, user-friendly way. 

CeDAR staff has made it a goal to implement and manage Tableau at Princeton.  We have distributed more than 50 licenses to users who have found Tableau to be a terrific solution to their data analysis and visualization needs.

Find out what people on campus are saying about Tableau and how to sign up for an introductory session to make the most out of your data today.  
Cognos VS Tableau:  When to Use Which

It was once quoted by Abraham Maslow that “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”  How true!  In an increasingly intricate and interconnected world, it makes the selection of an appropriate BI reporting and analysis tool vital.  At Princeton, we collect large amounts of data in an effort to stay one step ahead in our decision making – but without a way of organizing and displaying this data as meaningful information, all that data is really useless.  To help make sense of our data, and really absorb it, we need to have proper reporting and analysis tools that can present data in a relevant and timely manner.

At our last Tableau Users Group (PTUG) meeting, CeDAR's own Claude Prudente presented us with some guidelines as to when we might choose to use IBM Cognos over Tableau Desktop and vice versa.  While we know it can sometimes be difficult to decide which route to go for your particular business needs, remember, just as a hammer is not appropriate for all jobs, no single BI tool is appropriate for every user’s need.   

Business and Outreach.  A noun and a verb.  We are a newly formed group within CeDAR, led by Liz Zodeiko.  We recognize the importance of supporting our campus partners and clients.  Our team was developed to reach out to campus in various ways to help create a warm and friendly community atmosphere where together, we’re always learning.  READ MORE

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