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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 […]

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 […]

Death of the BI Generalist

February 14, 2011

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I have fond memories of the 90s. I spent a fair amount of it being a ‘Cognos Consultant’ travelling the length and breadth of the UK being an expert in all things Cognos. There was a great sense of independence and autonomy. It was possible to pitch up at a new Client with 2 CDs […]

Single version of the truth, philosophy or reality?

February 14, 2011

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Assuming you want the truth and you can handle it then you will have heard this a lot. The purpose of our new (BI/Analytics/Data Warehouse) project is to deliver ‘a single version of the truth’. In a project we are engaged with right now the expression is one version of reality or 1VOR. For UK […]

More and more choices for BI Solution Architects

January 10, 2011

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We analytics practitioners have always had the luxury of alternatives to the RDBM as part of our data architectural choices. OLAP of one form or another has been providing what one of my colleagues calls ‘query at the speed of thought’ for well over a decade. However, the range of options available to a solutions […]