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Decision Making problems are not new, in fact they are centuries old

February 13, 2012

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Frank Buytendijk delivered a great keynote at 8am in Las Vegas at the TDWI conference in February 2012. He avoided the technicalities of data architectures, the rigours of  data modelling and the disciplines of agile methods.   Instead, over breakfast, he dipped into the world of philosophy and asked us to consider the centuries old […]

The Social Triangle: Business, Brand and Analytics

October 15, 2011

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Mention social and we immediately think about the dizzying number of people using Facebook and, as businesses, how we reach them as customers or prospective customers.   This is only part of the story though.  Today, my own business, a provider of information software and services, will not find it’s customers on Facebook however hard […]

Big Data Analytics: Size is not important

August 29, 2011

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There was a time when databases came in desktop, departmental and  enterprise sizes.  There was nothing larger than ‘enterprise’ and very few enterprises needed databases that scaled to what was the largest imaginable unit of data, the terabyte. They even named a database after it. We now live in the world of the networked enterprise. […]

Informed Decisions are Fairer Decisions

August 15, 2011

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I have spent a fair amount of blogspace this year discussing how good business decisions need more than information. That the evolution of Business Intelligence tools need to extend beyond crosstabs, charts, scorecards and dashboards to collect and share social intelligence. However, this does not mean that decisions should be made without information, it means […]

Who makes the decision anyway?

May 14, 2011

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You’re Fired I know that anyone that watches ‘The Apprentice’ is not doing so for an insight into how a modern business is run but hearing the words ‘You’re Fired’ frequently bellowed through an office door couldn’t be further from my own experience. It represents a clichéd and caricatured view of management that I last […]

BI and Poor Decision making

April 28, 2011

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Good Decision/Bad Decision This has been something of a preoccupation for me of late. We spend much of our time debating the technologies. We invest valuable time in deciding if we should we go with mega-vendors (IBM, Oracle, SAP) or a challenger? We agonise over should it be cloud or on-premises, mart or warehouse, dimensional […]

Decision Making Black Holes

April 12, 2011

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  A Funny Thing Happens at the Forum Meetings are one of the most common decision making ‘forums’ we are all regularly involved in. In fact one in five company meetings we take is to make a decision. As a way of making decisions though, they can be problematic. Once the meeting has concluded, the […]