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Back to the Future: Moving forward by revisiting the past

As I am about to embark on the bi-annual Teradata User Group tour (and hope to see some of you there!) to discuss our latest 14.0 release, I wanted to get on my soapbox about a topic that frequently arises.  This is the lament about not having...

Posted March 1, 2012    

Remedial Math: Understanding TCO and ROI

During my recent travels there were a lot of comments around either the cost of a data warehouse or the lack of value being perceived from the data warehouse.  As I dug deeper into the conversations it became clear why all the questions were...

Posted February 20, 2012    

IT: Get the Emphasis on the Right Word (Hint: It’s not the 'T')

There is a lot of chatter as the New Year starts as to what each vendor is going to bring to the table in 2012.  We have “Big Data”. “The Cloud”, “in-memory”, solid state drives, and many other exciting technology announcements.  Teradata...

Posted January 26, 2012    

Big Data - Quantity vs Quality: Don’t confuse lots of data with good data

In the paper today (San Diego Union Tribune, Sunday 1/15) there was a good article on the need for data miners given the explosion of data that is currently occurring.  One point of note was that one of the biggest challenges is making data...

Posted January 17, 2012    

Redefining Business Intelligence: Don’t play the game, change the game!

I recently saw the movie ‘Moneyball’.  The book was good and fit very well with my interest.  Now that it is more readily available via the movies, I have to once again recommend it to people.  I had recommended the book to some...

Posted November 2, 2011    

The Ever-changing Analyst Role

Always good to have a theme where our blog community can share thoughts on a common topic.  This topic of how the role of the analyst is changing has long been a favorite of mine.  I will start by breaking the role into three main groups...

Posted October 6, 2011    

Big Data: It’s About the Data, Not About the Big

Today in my local paper there was an article on the 17th annual Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining conference.  The gist was about the need for data analytics and how companies are looking for good people that understand that realm.  Of...

Posted August 24, 2011    

What to Do When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know…

So once again there was a great coincidence from my travels.  Three times in the past week I was told that infamous line “We don’t know what we don’t know”.  While I understand the sentiment behind the comment, it is often just an empty...

Posted August 4, 2011    

DM Radio: EDW Mistakes to Avoid

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a DM Radio interview.  There was a panel of several of us industry types being asked question by the host Eric Kavanagh.  He was assisted this time by co-host Robin Bloor.  The topic...

Posted July 13, 2011    

Governance: If It Isn’t Logical, It’s Political

It is hard to turn on the radio or TV, or read the paper or news web sites, without being deluged with the current political dilemmas. Often times, people in business are accused of “playing politics” or having a political agenda. More often than...

Posted June 25, 2011    

What Is Your Dashboard Telling You?

One of my favorite analogies is that pertaining to “dashboards”.  For the past year or so, everyone has been asking for dashboards to help run their business.  Forget the fact that they're currently not even be able to get data in a timely...

Posted June 2, 2011    

What Do You Mean by BI?

For some reason the topic of “best practice BI” has been popping up very frequently of late.  In the past 3 weeks I have been asked to speak on this topic at least 5 times.  IN the hopes that I can head some of this repetitive discussion...

Posted May 20, 2011