Category Archives: John Berg

What I Learned at Teradata 2015 Partners

Monday October 26th, 2015

Another Teradata Partners conference is in the books, with over 3,500 attendees this year. It was a spectacular event, with first class speakers including Robert Herjavec and Mike Rowe, and of course session after session giving insight to how data is being turned into decisions. There was plenty of entertainment, including the NetApp booth with… Read More »

Top 10 Takeaways from Teradata Partners 2014

Thursday October 30th, 2014

I have returned home from this year’s Teradata Partners User Conference refreshed and reinvigorated. It is an event like this which allows open sharing of ideas and concepts, real examples and lessons learned which inspire additional creativity in all of us. It is a monumental challenge to try and summarise an event of this magnitude… Read More »

Teradata Partners 2014 – It Keeps Getting Better

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

It has been quite the whirlwind here at 2014 Teradata Partners in Nashville. The speakers, events and exhibitions are guaranteed to keep you busy. I’ve barely had time to sit and write a couple of words to share about the last couple of days. On Monday morning, we got things started with a fantastic general session.… Read More »

Teradata Partners 2014 – A Recap of Day 1

Monday October 20th, 2014

It was a long journey from Australia to get to Music City aka. Nashvile, but the 2014 Teradata Partners Conference has kicked off with some great sessions already. Today was filled with breakout sessions, with content for both business and technology executives. It was difficult to choose from with so many great topics, but I… Read More »

Why the Reports of the Death of the Relational Database are an Exaggeration

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” – Mark Twain, 1897 Yes, I have been caught up in the same wave as many of us who live and breathe data daily. I research and explore the ever-growing list of new tools and technologies which support “Big Data”.  I have been Splunked, Mongoed, Oozied, Sparc’d… Read More »

The Rising Importance of Data Ethics

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

We are starting to see the side effects of how organisation’s use of expanding data sources are testing the boundaries of privacy.  This brings new questions around legal and moral boundaries when leveraging this data in new ways.  Some headlines highlighting this include: “Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic” – LA Times… Read More »

How my Bank’s Data Analytics Could have Kept Me as a Customer

Tuesday February 18th, 2014

A personal story about my (former) bank, churn and analytics . I’d like to share a personal and frustrating story with you about the time I switched banks.  It was completely preventable and didn’t require much effort on the bank’s part to retain me.  For my part, it was a long, irritating, costly and difficult process… Read More »

IS YOUR BI DUE FOR RETRENCHMENT?

Monday December 10th, 2012

Whether you call it a layoff, retrenchment, or a redundancy these are all signs that a company has reached the end of its ability to do profitable business with what is at hand. They need to make a change, and while it can be painful, it is certainly better than going out of business entirely.… Read More »

The True Value of Big Data

Monday October 22nd, 2012

It’s funny to me how perspectives have changed over the years. Granted, I haven’t been around since the Eniac, but I have been working with computers since the early 1980s. Back then the perspective of big data could have been measured in megabytes.  Few people could tell you what a gigabyte was, and fewer still… Read More »

PART 2: Addressing Demand and Capacity

Wednesday April 11th, 2012

As I covered in my last blog entry, “Where did my capacity go?” the fact that there is increased capacity for processing work leads to more work being done. So how does one accurately forecast the projected capacity requirements when all of the facts aren’t readily available? Simply put, you need to get in tune… Read More »