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Information Curation 1 dot 2

July 14, 2012

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Dot to Dot: In the previous Post In part one we examined how the curatorial process is one that is relevant to the way in which businesses make informed decisions. We examined how Frances Morris, curator of the Kusama exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2012, dealt with abundance the most pressing issue for those […]

Information Curation: 1 dot 1

June 30, 2012

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Connecting the Dots On an uncharacteristically warm Summer evening in 2012 I made my way into the Tate Modern as everyone else was making their way out. It was part of my work to understand the curatorial process and its relevance to information management through one of the Tate’s infrequent but excellent curator talks. This […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

BI Requirements Should not just be Gathered

March 7, 2011

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There are many resources remonstrating with the IT community on the importance of gathering requirements. Failing to gather requirements, they warn, will lead to a poor solution delivered late and over budget. This is largely inarguable. However, I would warn that simply ‘gathering’ requirement is as big a risk. Fred Brooks, author of ‘The Mytical […]