Category Archives: Martin Willcox

How Soon Is Now? What Real-Time Analytics Mean For Your Business

Wednesday August 10th, 2016

As customer attention spans get ever shorter, and marketplaces ever more crowded and competitive, real-time and near real-time systems are hot button issues for businesses. Unfortunately, the question of what actually constitutes “real-time” is rather more vexing than it first appears. When a merchandiser at a big box retailer talks about “real-time analytics”, for example,… Read More »

Big Data: not unprecedented but not bunk either – part IV

Thursday October 30th, 2014

In the course of the Big Data blog series, I have tried to identify what Big Data really means, the challenges that organisations which have been successful in exploiting it have overcome – and how the consequences of these challenges are re-shaping Enterprise Analytic Architectures. Now I want to take a look at two of… Read More »

Big Data: not unprecedented but not bunk either – Part III

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

In my last post in this series, I explained the five big challenges that organisations must address in order to successfully work with Big Data. Between them, these five challenges are combining to drive the most significant evolution in Enterprise Analytical Architecture since Devlin, Inmon, Kimball et. al. gave the world the Enterprise Data Warehouse.… Read More »

Big Data: not unprecedented; but not bunk, either

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s flamboyant CEO, once remarked that “the computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s apparel”.  The industry’s current favourite buzzword – “Big Data” – is so hyped that it has crossed over from the technology lexicon and entered the public consciousness via mainstream media.  In the process, it… Read More »

John Boyd, The OODA Loop And Near Real-Time Analytics

Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

You have probably never heard of the late John Boyd, although as Robert Coram’s recent book explains, he was – and continues to be – one of the most influential military strategists of our time. Before his ascent to Clausewitzean greatness, Boyd was a fighter pilot.  I always wanted to be a fighter pilot –… Read More »

Hype, Hadoop and The Logical Data Warehouse

Monday June 24th, 2013

“Hadoop has fundamentally transformed the economics of data management, making it possible to choose to keep all (of) one’s data, without an exorbitant, on-going investment in a cumbersome technology that can’t keep pace with the growth of data or the evolving needs of a business.” Mike Olson (Cloudera), quoted from Warehouse = Relic? Cloudera’s Mike… Read More »