Tag Archives: data management

Are there relics in your data management?

September 6, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about remnants in language — speech patterns and phrases we still use long after we have forgotten their original purpose. (You guessed it: my studies on the formation and change of human language are still going strong.) We repeat the same phrases without any real understanding of their original… Read More »

PNEC#21 and a Unique Take on the Value of Analytics

June 7, 2017

The 21st PNEC conference in Houston, Texas – the International Conference and Exhibition on Petroleum Data Integration and Information Management – has just wrapped up. As ever, it felt part-conference, part-family reunion – petroleum data management is a small and specialised discipline. A few-hundred of us keep meeting, year after year, to share our learnings… Read More »

Should Data Modelling be a ‘Prescriptatorship’, or Take a More Laissez-Faire Approach?

June 1, 2017

During my morning walk or commute to and from the airport, I’ve got into the habit of listening to audio books. My current book is The Story of Human Language. I thoroughly recommend it. It has some great stories of how languages change over time. For example, do you know how the French ‘ne…pas’ negation… Read More »

Leveraging Our Past to Enable Your Future

September 12, 2016

By Rob Armstrong – As the saying goes; the more things change, the more they stay the same. Those of us fortunate enough to be in the data and analytic field over the past few decades certainly know that is true. While there has been a large change in the data types, data volume and… Read More »

Implementing Teradata Temporal in a Physical Data Model using ERwin

June 15, 2016

There is no question that a database-supported temporal implementation gives Teradata users a powerful tool, because the time dimension has been added to data management and query processing. For the business user, the ability to ask more sophisticated time-based questions from their data warehouse, and receive more insightful answers, can yield a distinct competitive advantage.… Read More »

The Joy of Data Viz: The Data You Weren’t Looking For

December 8, 2015

“A good sketch is better than a long speech” – Napoléon Bonaparte I recently came across this quote on the opening page of Phil Simons’ book,  “The Visual Organization, Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions.” It is available online. Data visualization, or Data Viz as it is often referred to, is… Read More »

A One Day Accounting Close? Utopia via People, Process, & Technology

November 30, 2015

The pressure for an accelerated accounting close can be relentless, as evidenced by the $1.3 billion Toshiba accounting scandal this spring. The electronic manufacturing giant admitted it had overstated profits by $1.3 billion going back to fiscal 2008/2009. An accounting probe in July led to the CEO and several board members resigning and a 30… Read More »

The Revenge of the Schema: Why Structure Is Crucial to Success with Big Data

November 16, 2015

One way to look at progress in technology is to recognize that each new generation provides a better version of what we’ve always wanted. If you look back at the claims for Hollerith punch card-based computing or the first generation of IBM mainframes, you find that the language is recognizable and can be found in… Read More »

The Data Management Imperative: Business Initiative Alignment

October 20, 2015

Bring your data management program out of the IT back office and into the enterprise spotlight   By Anita Filippi The job of a data management professional is a tough one. How do you get ahead of the curve to build out the foundational components of an analytic ecosystem and still serve the immediate, and… Read More »

Teradata RainStor’s Compression and Performance Technology

April 1, 2015

It is well-known that there are two extreme alternatives for storing database tables on any storage media: storing it row-by-row (as done by traditional “row-store” technology) or storing it column-by-column (as done by recently popular “column-store” implementations). Row-stores store the entire first row of the table, followed by the entire second row of the table,… Read More »