Sign up | Login with →

Posts by Bob Lambert Subscribe

To SQL or to NoSQL?

Recently there was a great post at Dzone recounting how one "tech savvy startup" moved away from its NoSQL database management system to a relational one. The writer, Matt Butcher, plays out the reasons under these main points:Our data is...

Posted May 17, 2014    

Guiding Principles for Data Enrichment

The data integration process is traditionally thought of in three steps: extract, transform, and load (ETL). Putting aside the often-discussed order of their execution, "extract" is pulling data out of a source system, "transform" means validating...

Posted January 29, 2014    

Data Governance Begins at the Spreadsheet

Data management professionals have long and sometimes rather Quixotically driven organizations to “get past the spreadsheet culture.” Maybe that’s misguided. The recent furor over a widely read social science paper may show how we can look to...

Posted May 3, 2013    

Relational DB Pros: The Times They Are A-Changin'

Recently I read a thoughtful post at the PASS Business Analytics Conference site discussing how different the world is now for database professionals. Author Chris Webb focuses on the data science side in this post. His analysis made me...

Posted January 25, 2013    

Data Design Matters

As important as it is, data modeling has always had a geeky, faintly impractical tinge to some. I’ve seen application development projects proceed with a suboptimal, “good enough”, model. The resulting systems might otherwise be well-architected,...

Posted December 28, 2012    

No Silver Business Intelligence Bullets, But Still a Bright Upside

When Tom Petty sang, “Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out” he wasn’t referring to business intelligence (BI) reporting but he might have been. Current generation reporting engines, AKA data visualization or data discovery tools, market their...

Posted July 28, 2012    

Get an early start for on-time data modeling

I’m a data modeler, so I enjoyed Jonathon Geiger’s recent article entitled “Why Does Data Modeling Take So Long”.  But why does he say it like it is a bad thing? Mr. Geiger’s bottom line is exactly right: “Most of the time spent developing data...

Posted July 23, 2011    

 

type != 'infographic') ) { ?>