Change and “Ah-Ha Moments”

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by Ray Wilson No Comments

 

This is the first in a series of articles discussing the inherent nature of change and some useful suggestions for helping operationalize those “ah-ha moments.” Nobody has ever said that change is easy. It is a journey full of obstacles. But those obstacles are not impenetrable and with the right planning and communication, many of these         Read More…

The integration issue that dare not speak its name ….

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Patrick Teunissen 1 Comment

 

Having worked with multinational companies running SAP ERP systems for many years, I know that they (nearly) always have more than one SAP system to record their transactional data. Yet it is never discussed — and it seems to be the ‘Macbeth’ of the SAP world, a fact that should not be uttered out loud…         Read More…

Ready to Explore Data Connections?

Posted on: March 20th, 2014 by Guest Blogger No Comments

 

By Bill Franks, Chief Analytics Officer I’ll be participating in the Data Discovery In Action virtual event this next Thursday, March 27. The focus of the event is how to combine various processing paradigms and analytic techniques to maximize the ability of an organization to discover and deploy new high impact analytics. During my talk,         Read More…

 

Farrah Bostic, presenting a message encouraging both skepticism and genuine intimacy, was one of the most provocative speakers at Strata 2014 in Santa Clara earlier this year. As founder of The Difference Engine, a Brooklyn, NY-based agency that helps companies with research and digital and product strategy, Bostic warns her clients away from research that         Read More…

 

The best Strata session that I attended was the overview Kurt Brown gave of the Netflix data platform, which contained hype-deflating lessons and many chestnuts of tech advice straight from one of the most intense computing environments on the planet. Brown, who as a director leads the design and implementation of the data platform, had a         Read More…

 

Teradata has unveiled new certified solutions that dramatically enhance backup, recovery and DR capabilities for Teradata Database users.  The new certifications are with EMC’s latest industry-leading Data Domain deduplication storage systems and Teradata’s latest Data Stream Architecture (DSA), delivering new data protection options through Teradata’s Backup Archive and Recovery (BAR) solution for its database customers.         Read More…

 

In years past, Strata has celebrated the power of raw technology, so it was interesting to note how much the keynotes on Wednesday focused on applications, models, and how to learn and change rather than on speeds and feeds. After attending the keynotes and some fascinating sessions, it seems clear that the blinders are off.         Read More…

Data-Driven Business and the Need for Speed

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Guest Blogger No Comments

 

What stands in the way of effective use of data? Let’s face it: it’s people as much as technology. Silos of data and expertise cause friction in many companies. To create a winning strategy for data-driven business, you need fast, effective collaboration between teams, something much more like a pit crew than an org chart.         Read More…

Open Your Mind to all the Data

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Guest Blogger No Comments

 

In technology discussions, we often forget who the big winners are. When you look at almost any technology market, if a vendor makes a certain amount, the systems integrator may make 4 or 5 times that amount selling services to configure and adapt the solution. Of course, the biggest winner is the company using the         Read More…

 

In the Star Trek movies, “the Borg” refers to an alien race that conquers all planets, absorbing the people, technology, and resources into the Borg collective. Even Captain Picard becomes a Borg and chants “We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” It strikes me that the relational database has behaved similarly         Read More…