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Are You Still Torturing Your Data?

Are you still torturing your data to get what you want? There’s now a better way.The next generation of business analytics tools include more “magic“, — in other words, they automatically analyze the data for you and make default proposals for what...

Posted February 2, 2015    

Are Your Business Applications Unnecessarily Complex?

I first talked about the origins of new Hybrid Transactional/Analytical (HTAP) Architectures almost two years ago, and explained the benefits that this convergence of analytic and operational processing can bring:Faster...

Posted January 21, 2015    

Why Marketing Has a Branding Problem

Isn’t it the ultimate irony? The word Marketing is often used to indicate a lack of meaningful content, as in “no, I want real content, not just a marketing piece.”That’s not marketing, that’s BAD marketing—but it’s clear that there’s...

Posted January 12, 2015    

7 Interesting Big Data and Analytics Trends for 2015

Happy New Year! Here’s a list of what I find are the most interesting trends in analytics in 2015.Why the italics? because most of what will happen this year can be summarized with a single word: more. Yes, there will be more...

Posted January 7, 2015    

SAP HANA Brings ROI of More Than 500% for the University of Kentucky

SAP HANA is too often pigeonholed as expensive and only for extreme data needs.But more and more companies are crunching the numbers and realizing that in-memory processing is simply a cheaper, better way to do analytics.Dennis Howlett of...

Posted April 14, 2014    

No, Hadoop Is Not Going To Replace Your Data Warehouse

The data says that Hadoop isn’t going to replace your enterprise data warehouse.Hadoop Adds Rather Than SubtractsAccording to Gartner’s latest surveys, the number of CIOs that think that Hadoop will replace their existing analytics infrastructure...

Posted April 11, 2014    

What You Need to Know About Cloud Analytics

If you are an analytics professional, then cloud analytics is in your future — if you’re not already doing it.I’ve talked to lots of companies that claim that cloud analytics isn’t for them. But they’re wrong, not least because their marketing...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Thoughts on the Future of Hadoop in Enterprise Environments

Between answering questions this week at BI2014 in Orlando and preparing to ask some at Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam next week, here are some thoughts on where we are with Hadoop for the enterprise.The elephant in the room. It...

Posted March 29, 2014    

Top Trends in Cloud Innovation

At the upcoming SAP Innovation Forum in the UK, Sven Denecken, VP of Cloud Solutions Strategy will be presenting an update on SAP’s Cloud Solutions. I took the opportunity to catch up and ask about the latest trends in cloud...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Are You Making the Most of Your Dark Data?

My favorite definition of ‘Dark Data’ comes from Matt Aslett of 451 Research:“Data that was previously ignored because of technology limitations.”I’ve recently talked to several big, traditional organizations that are finding lots of dark data down...

Posted March 19, 2014    

Gartner BI and Collective Insight

Jason Rose, VP of BI and Advanced Analytics Marketing for SAP, will be presenting at Gartner BI this week in London, UK. I took the opportunity to find out what he is hoping to get out of the conference.First, what’s your background?I started my...

Posted March 10, 2014    

The Future of Customer Analytics [SLIDESHARE]

I presented a session on “The Future of Customer Analytics” at the Business Analytics For All Forum last week in Brussels, Belgium, along with two other presenters.Andrew Pease, the Global Practice Analytics Lead at SAS, presented some great case...

Posted February 8, 2014