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8 Great Business Intelligence Books You Should Read

8 Great BI Books You Should Read- ReadingDo you want to know more about BI, Data Warehousing and Self-Service Reporting? Read these business intelligence books and you too can become an expert.

Here at Matillion we have compiled a list of eight of the best Business Intelligence books on the market, looking at subjects such as Performance Management, Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Data Visualization. We also include some of our very own e-books to help you see how Matillion can help you and your business.

Performance management

The Performance Management Revolution‘ by Howard Dresner (Amazon)


Howard Dresner is a Business Intelligence and Performance Management thought leader with years of experience. His book, The Performance Management Revolution, explores the ways your business can prepare itself for the future by transforming strategies into plans, plans into actions, and actions into results.

Data Warehousing

Practical Tools for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence‘ by Ralph Kimball et al (Amazon)


Recognised worldwide as one of the leading authors in the Data Warehousing industry, Ralph Kimball discusses this collection of effective tools businesses can use to their advantage. This book covers the complete lifecycle including project planning, requirements gathering, dimensional modelling, ETL, and Business Intelligence and analytics. The authors provide detailed, technical guidance which expands beyond the toolkit essentials to provide fresh insights and best practices.

Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics: The Power To Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, Or Die‘ by Eric Siegal (Amazon)


This great book by Eric Siegel provides in-depth insights into the interesting world of Predictive Analytics. Readers need not have a strong background in IT to be able to follow this book as it lends itself perfectly to readers of any level. This book covers the major issues surrounding Predictive Analytics and provides detailed case studies of Analytics in action.

Big Data

Too Big to Ignore: The Case for Big Data‘ by Phil Simon (Amazon)


Too Big to Ignore is geared towards CIOs, CEOs, presidents, and IT professionals wanting to know more about Big Data and why it is such a hot topic right now. Simon provides common sense advice for organisations looking to make sense out of the information streaming at us with unprecedented volume, velocity, and variety.

Dashboards and Data Visualization

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying data for at-a-glance Monitoring‘ by Stephen Few (Amazon)


Stephen Few is a leader in the field of Data Visualization. In this book, he exposes the common problems in Dashboard design  – and describes the best practices that businesses should follow in order to create great looking Dashboards that perform well. The book not only gives tips and advice on what should and should not be included but it also gives real-life examples to provide further substance. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to begin the design process for an information Dashboard, or even those who simply want to know more about the subject.


Performance Dashboard- Measuring, Monitoring and Managing Your Business‘ by Wayne Eckerson (Amazon)


In this book, the director of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) Wayne Eckerson provides some great tips and techniques on how to use Dashboard technology to optimise business performance. Dashboards are quickly becoming the most popular form of Data Visualisation for many businesses and Eckerson looks at why this is the case by exploring many of the benefits that they can bring.

Meanwhile, here at Matillion, we have produced some extremely helpful business intelligence books of our own.

Matillion e-books

Evaluating and Implementing Business Intelligence. Matillion free e-book

Getting at the vital information you need can be painful. Business Intelligence and Self-Serve Reporting solutions can help.

This free complete guide will teach you all you need to know to select and deploy a Business Intelligence and Self-Serve reporting solution, helping you deliver the smarter, clearer picture you need for your company.


How to Create Compelling Business Dashboards. Matillion free e-book

Software has made it easy to produce graphs, charts and Dashboards. Trouble is, the software won’t stop you making bad ones.  There is little point in collecting data for it then to be poorly communicated.

This free complete guide will teach you all you need to know when it comes to designing compelling business Dashboards, helping you to design, create and deliver something that not only looks great but performs well too.

We hope you find these business intelligence books as helpful as we do.