UNIT 4-1 – Then write 1-2 paragraphs responding to the following questions using APA formatting and submit them to your instructor. 1.Why does a company that provides special effects need technology such as a database? 2.How does Digital Domain use databases? 3.What are some of the entities and attributes contained in Digital Domains database? 4.How could Digital Domain use multidimensional analysis and data mining? 5.How do you think a database helps Digital Domain manage projects?
UNIT 4-2—PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: Each week you will submit your response to the business situation presented. NOTE: There are two parts to this week’s milestone. Use an APA formatted paper with a Title page and a References page. Your paper should be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman size 12 font. The paper will be written in an essay format. Do not use a question and answer format. Data are raw facts that describe the characteristics of an event. Characteristics of a sales event could include the date, item number, item description, quantity ordered, customer name, and shipping details. Information is data converted into a meaningful and useful context. Information from sales events could include best-selling item, worst-selling item, best customer, and worst customer. Business intelligence is a broad, general term describing information that people use to support their decision-making efforts. An early reference to business intelligence occurs in Sun Tzu’s book titled The Art of War. Sun Tzu claims that to succeed in war; one should have full knowledge of one’s strengths and weaknesses and full knowledge of the enemy’s strengths and weaknesses. Lack of either one might result in defeat. A certain school of thought draws parallels between the challenges in business and those of war, specifically: •Collecting information. •Discerning patterns and meaning in the information. •Responding to the resultant information. Business Dilemma Part 1 You maintain many different customer lists from your Music customers to Art Gallery and Book Club customers. You want to begin mailing a monthly newsletter to your customers discussing everything from current coffee growing trends to community events. To date, your customer lists have been maintained primarily for e-mail addresses, and you are unsure if customer addresses are even correct. You do not want to use e-mail to distribute your newsletter as you want to place a coupon marketing a free cup of the coffee in each newsletter. If you e-mail the newsletter, you could not control the free cup coupon. PROJECT FOCUS: Part 1 •Analyze the data below and determine if you will be able to use it to mail your newsletters. •Be sure to highlight all of the issues with the data, potential causes of the issues, and solutions you can follow to correct the issues. ID First Name Middle Initial Last Name Street City State Zip Code 434 Pam J Hetz 13 First Ave Denver CO 8765423 434 Brain F Hoover Lake Ave. Columbus CO 8702 , 435 Bob X Kenzie 65 Apple Lane Golden CO 65667, 436 Alana B 567 55 St. Denver Co 90210 , 437 Alana B Smith 567 55 St. Denver Co 90210 , 438 Debbie F Fernandez 567 55 St. Denver Co 90210 439 , Diego J Quintos 2121 One St. Golden CO 65667 It is not data; it’s competitive intelligence. Information is competitive intelligence that drives strategic business decisions. Decisions that are made by a global organization with the power to change the world. Information – business intelligence – is no longer the exclusive domain of IT or research departments. From marketing and finance to management and operations, intelligence is applied strategically throughout the enterprise. Moreover, professionals who know how to gather and leverage it are the ones who will lead organizations, control decisions, and be relied upon to steer their companies.
PROJECT 2-Part 2 Business Decisions You have a great deal of data available to turn into information to help you set the strategic direction for the cafe. •Look at the following dimensions and determine which ones you want in your data mart for performing sales and market analysis. •Categorize the different dimensions ranking them from 1 to 5, with 1 indicating that the dimension offers the highest value and must be in your data mart and 5 indicating that the dimension offers the lowest value and does not need to be in your data mart. •Which variables would you choose if your data mart could only contain 10 dimensions? Dimension Value Dimension Value Product Price Weather Customer Gender To Go or Dine In Order Quantity Sold Stock Market Closing Price Order Date Employee Number Payment Method Promotion Number Product Cost Customer Age Order Time Customer Religious Affiliation Exchange Rate Manufacturer or Vendor Number Interest Rate Music Playing in Store Season Customer Name Customer’s Political Affiliation Product Number Store Hours Customer Language Commission Policy Traffic Report