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WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

The following is a list of some of the features that come standard with WordPress, however there are literally tens of thousands of plugins that extend what WordPress does, so the actual functionality is nearly limitless. You are also free to do whatever you like with the WordPress code, extend it or modify in any way or use it for commercial projects without any licensing fees. That is the beauty of free software, free meaning not only price but also the freedom to have complete control over it.

Your Entire Workflow

WordPress can take the place of your entire workflow from the initial draft to the time you hit publish – spelling, grammar, collaboration, and review – there’s no need for e-mails back-and-forth or expensive desktop software.

WordPress is a powerful semantic publishing platform, and it comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher on the Internet as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible.

We are proud to offer you a freely distributed, standards-compliant, fast, light and free content management system, with sensible default settings and features, and an extremely customizable core.

Beyond Black and White

Everything that makes webpages feel rich – pictures, videos, music, documents – can feel right at home in WordPress. With a drag-and-drop file uploader that uses the latest technology to ensure your file effortlessly makes it to the web page every time, and a media browser to help you store, organize and find the files you’re looking for, WordPress hosts the files that make your pages pop:

  1. Your Site is Your Castle
  2. Extensive APIs
  3. Enterprise Ready
  4. Interoperability
  5. Trust, but Verify

Not everyone is evil, but keep those who are in check by limiting which html tags are kosher on your weblog.

The Right Tuxedo for Any Content

Your content deserves the best. The site should conform to your content, not the other way around. WordPress comes with a full theme system which makes designing everything from the simplest site to the most complicated portal a piece of cake. Have a new design every day. Your ideas should look as good as what they say.

Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

Obsessively Organized

It doesn’t matter how much content you have, if your visitors can’t find it. WordPress organizes your content by day, by month, by year, by author, by category — any way you can describe it — and dynamically creates browsable archives so things always stay up to date.

WordPress has killer search baked in. Every word you write is fully searchable through a single box at the top of each page and if your users choose to use an external search engine like Google, rest assured, WordPress will present your content in a way that all but ensures it makes it to the top of the results every time

With built in support for custom post types and custom taxonomies, if you can dream it, WordPress can make it a reality.

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WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

The following is a list of some of the features that come standard with WordPress, however there are literally tens of thousands of plugins that extend what WordPress does, so the actual functionality is nearly limitless. You are also free to do whatever you like with the WordPress code, extend it or modify in any way or use it for commercial projects without any licensing fees. That is the beauty of free software, free meaning not only price but also the freedom to have complete control over it.

Your Entire Workflow

WordPress can take the place of your entire workflow from the initial draft to the time you hit publish – spelling, grammar, collaboration, and review – there’s no need for e-mails back-and-forth or expensive desktop software.

WordPress is a powerful semantic publishing platform, and it comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher on the Internet as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible.

We are proud to offer you a freely distributed, standards-compliant, fast, light and free content management system, with sensible default settings and features, and an extremely customizable core.

Beyond Black and White

Everything that makes webpages feel rich – pictures, videos, music, documents – can feel right at home in WordPress. With a drag-and-drop file uploader that uses the latest technology to ensure your file effortlessly makes it to the web page every time, and a media browser to help you store, organize and find the files you’re looking for, WordPress hosts the files that make your pages pop:

  1. Your Site is Your Castle
  2. Extensive APIs
  3. Enterprise Ready
  4. Interoperability
  5. Trust, but Verify

Not everyone is evil, but keep those who are in check by limiting which html tags are kosher on your weblog.

The Right Tuxedo for Any Content

Your content deserves the best. The site should conform to your content, not the other way around. WordPress comes with a full theme system which makes designing everything from the simplest site to the most complicated portal a piece of cake. Have a new design every day. Your ideas should look as good as what they say.

Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

Obsessively Organized

It doesn’t matter how much content you have, if your visitors can’t find it. WordPress organizes your content by day, by month, by year, by author, by category — any way you can describe it — and dynamically creates browsable archives so things always stay up to date.

WordPress has killer search baked in. Every word you write is fully searchable through a single box at the top of each page and if your users choose to use an external search engine like Google, rest assured, WordPress will present your content in a way that all but ensures it makes it to the top of the results every time

With built in support for custom post types and custom taxonomies, if you can dream it, WordPress can make it a reality.

Another Legal Page

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

The following is a list of some of the features that come standard with WordPress, however there are literally tens of thousands of plugins that extend what WordPress does, so the actual functionality is nearly limitless. You are also free to do whatever you like with the WordPress code, extend it or modify in any way or use it for commercial projects without any licensing fees. That is the beauty of free software, free meaning not only price but also the freedom to have complete control over it.

Your Entire Workflow

WordPress can take the place of your entire workflow from the initial draft to the time you hit publish – spelling, grammar, collaboration, and review – there’s no need for e-mails back-and-forth or expensive desktop software.

WordPress is a powerful semantic publishing platform, and it comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher on the Internet as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible.

We are proud to offer you a freely distributed, standards-compliant, fast, light and free content management system, with sensible default settings and features, and an extremely customizable core.

Beyond Black and White

Everything that makes webpages feel rich – pictures, videos, music, documents – can feel right at home in WordPress. With a drag-and-drop file uploader that uses the latest technology to ensure your file effortlessly makes it to the web page every time, and a media browser to help you store, organize and find the files you’re looking for, WordPress hosts the files that make your pages pop:

  1. Your Site is Your Castle
  2. Extensive APIs
  3. Enterprise Ready
  4. Interoperability
  5. Trust, but Verify

Not everyone is evil, but keep those who are in check by limiting which html tags are kosher on your weblog.

The Right Tuxedo for Any Content

Your content deserves the best. The site should conform to your content, not the other way around. WordPress comes with a full theme system which makes designing everything from the simplest site to the most complicated portal a piece of cake. Have a new design every day. Your ideas should look as good as what they say.

Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

Obsessively Organized

It doesn’t matter how much content you have, if your visitors can’t find it. WordPress organizes your content by day, by month, by year, by author, by category — any way you can describe it — and dynamically creates browsable archives so things always stay up to date.

WordPress has killer search baked in. Every word you write is fully searchable through a single box at the top of each page and if your users choose to use an external search engine like Google, rest assured, WordPress will present your content in a way that all but ensures it makes it to the top of the results every time

With built in support for custom post types and custom taxonomies, if you can dream it, WordPress can make it a reality.

Knowledge Base WordPress Plugin

The Heroic Knowledge Base is the Knowledge Base plugin for WordPress. It is perfect for providing customers with answers to common queries, or as general database of resources for visitors.

This plugin has been designed and developed by HeroThemes, the premier WordPress knowledge base specialists, our themes and tools are trusted by thousands of users worldwide, all backed by the HeroThemes support platform.

The Heroic Knowledge Base is a knowledge base, wiki, FAQ plugin for WordPress and comes packed with the following features:

  • Separate knowledge base article posts,
  • Article attachments,
  • Article view count metrics,
  • Custom categories,
  • Custom tags,
  • Custom slugs and urls,
  • Custom knowledge base sidebar,
  • WPML multilingual and multi language compatible,
  • Special knowledge base widgets,
  • Voting support with optional plugin,
  • User access support with optional plugin.

It’s simple to get started, works with any theme, and even includes demo content like this!

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Come dine with me?

Controlling and optimising Business Intelligence applications can be a dry topic even for some of us who work in the domain of BI & Analytics.  This shouldn’t limit consideration of the problem area as there can be significant challenges for organisations with associated costs if the challenges are not addressed.  When we think of various analogies that could be used by way of illustration one scenario to consider involves an imaginary restaurant, “Chez Metrique”, from inception to maturity.

OK, following the commitment to invest in Chez Metrique and a period of concentrated effort by the team to design, develop & prepare, the restaurant launch has gone well; customer reviews are positive and bookings are encouraging.  Looking beyond the bright, busy dining room into the kitchen the stations are pristine and organised and processes well-defined.  The staff are appropriately skilled, have a clear understanding of their roles and communicate effectively with each other.  The output is of high quality, delivered promptly by front-of-house and well received by appreciative diners.

So far so good. Chez Metrique is buzzing.

Of course, from this point in time there are many possible outcomes.  For this scenario, let’s take the common path and peer through the restaurant windows 5 years hence.

Unfortunately, it’s not an encouraging sight.  Only a few people are dining – and with a long spoon.  The once-bright and appealing décor has faded and the buzz has gone.  Pan through to the kitchen and there’s a picture of disorganised endeavour.  The remaining cooks, although doing their best, are working without method or direction and producing meals that should carry a health warning.  Regulators (Environmental Health), if aware, would close the place down in a heart-beat. The once-promising enterprise has turned sour through a managerial inability to adapt to shifting demands and sustained under investment.  Chez Metrique is done.

What a waste of potential, resources, effort & time.

There’s a good chance that another restaurant / café will start up on the same site within a few short months.   Will they repeat the journey of Chez Metrique?

And so to the parallel with Business Intelligence & Analytics programmes.  Often there is an initial directed focus with the aim of supporting a strategic business initiative.  The capability is promoted by positive executive sponsorship and transitioned successfully into business-as-usual (BAU) for on-going support & maintenance.  However, all too often that team is under-resourced and, over time, with the pressure of new initiatives being prioritised the quality levels degrade.  Inconsistencies creep-in to data, metrics, reports & dashboards, it becomes harder for BI consumers to locate, understand and trust the integrity of the information they need. The catalogue of objects expands with increasing duplication and redundancy.  Control slips away and what was a key information asset is now a liability.

Most BI applications start out like this restaurant kitchen.

Many are somewhere in between... could benefit from a deep clean, revised menu and restoration of trust rather than being left unvisited and destined to be shut down.

The application may persist for some time as the effort and cost to regain control, clean-up & optimise is judged to be too great; but it’s in a fugue state.  At some point though, after long-term decline, the zombie app will be replaced with a shiny new set of tools at not inconsiderable expense.  Will the organisation’s approach change to investing in people and resources too?  In many cases, not.

It’s clear that chronic technical debt and poor governance contribute to bad outcomes, be it a promising start-up restaurant or an organisation seeking to use BI & analytics for competitive advantage.  Rinse, repeat & fail.  It’s a path followed by many; but, thankfully, not all.

What are your experiences as a consumer of BI or analytics, developer, analyst or manager? What kind of fayre is being served up in your organisation? I welcome your thoughts.