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Declining Business Sales

A Dumb Thing that 99 out of 100 Data Warehousers do

Is your terminology causing your BI / DW team to head in the wrong direction?   As a business intelligence and data warehousing consultant I constantly work with IT teams that, even internally, can’t agree on whether they have a data warehouse, a data mart, a reporting database, or something else....

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Programming: Get it into School!

For those who’ve been wondering why schools don’t teach at least introductory programming, a large group of industry and government leaders have drafted and signed a petition asking congress to provide funding for this.   While I graduated from an engineering university (Lehigh – our mascot actually was the...

Ambition Concept

When Business Moves Faster than BI

When Business Moves Faster than BI   Face the Facts – IT Does Interfere With Business Agility   It’s a rare organization where the business staff doesn’t complain that IT is holding them back. This is, in fact, one of the key reasons why there is friction between IT and...

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Death of the Data Warehouse

I build data warehouses. I understand why they’re important, I make a living from them. I also see that traditional, relational data warehouses are on the way out. Their demise is coming from a few technological advances. One of these is the ubiquitous, and growing, Hadoop....

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More Thoughts on Becoming Data Driven

A few weeks ago I published a post on how to become a data driven company.  That post spoke to what managers can do to embed BI in their organizations.  Today, a different perspective on what user departments can do to become more data driven.   Users Won’t Create...

How to Go from Delivering BI to Being Data Driven

If you participate in enough BI groups, you’ll see one question come up time and again: Why do so many BI efforts fail?  A lot of time it’s not failure in development, but in the implementation.  Let’s face it – too often these systems get...

BI Predictions for 2015: 2 of 4

While different people will point to different times for the birth of business intelligence, I’ve always argued that BI started with the invention of writing.  Writing was invented, in part, as an accounting device.  How do I know how many cows I have?  How many did...