Tag Archives: active data warehousing

Destined To Repeat The Boom Bust Cycle For Data Warehouse Funding

Thursday February 28th, 2013

I just came back from a Data Warehouse project meeting and all is well and the funding for new data conversion and load has been committed.  It’s all go again . . . . I cannot help but feel though that we are headed for another cycle of boom – bust as far as Data Warehouse project funding… Read More »

Review of the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report

Thursday February 14th, 2013

Just as December is always thought of as Christmas time, so too in the technology and consulting world early February is Gartner Magic Quadrant® time.  The similarity extends as at both times of years you get boxes delivered.  At Christmas, the boxes contain presents.  In February, the question of interest for technology firms is which… Read More »

Cost versus Value Metrics: You are What you Measure

Monday February 11th, 2013

A while ago I read an interesting paper by John Hauser, professor of Marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management titled, “Metrics: You Are What You Measure!” which he wrote jointly with Gerald Katz of Applied Marketing Science. Hauser and Katz emphasise the need and importance of choosing the right metrics as they influence behaviour… Read More »

In-memory? – Is not everything; intelligence is!

Friday May 27th, 2011

Shakuntala Devi is a mathematical genius. She has phenomenal memorisation and calculating skills. In fact, she can extract the 23rd root of a 201 digit number mentally in matter of seconds. She even demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers picked at random by a computer by providing the answer in 28 seconds. What is interesting… Read More »

What is in a name? Its authenticity, I suppose!

Friday November 5th, 2010

Words and phrases seem to have a way about them that allows them to be used advantageously by some. The real difference in their meaning probably lies in understanding the underlying substance behind them – their authenticity!   I am reminded of a breakfast table conversation between our daughters about “butter” and “margarine” that went… Read More »

One in four organizations have adopted real-time intelligence

Tuesday April 13th, 2010

Roughly one in four companies in Europe use active data warehousing (ADW), i.e. timely information in at least one of their front-line operations. That’s one of the findings of a new IDC whitepaper we discussed with journalists and several of our guests yesterday afternoon. This means that the bulk of businesses still works without real-time… Read More »

Predicting the Future

Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

This time of year always finds me in reflective mood, contemplating the year-not-quite-yet-behind us – what I might have done differently, or better – and so the invitation to travel to Finland and to present to a TDWI meeting on “Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence 5 Years From Now” was irresistible. Between ruminating on the recent… Read More »

Active Data Warehousing for SAP BW – what does it mean?

Monday August 3rd, 2009

Have you heard end-users ask the perennial questions – Why should I use SAP BW reports with last-night’s data when I can get real-time information from SAP? Why should I use SAP BW when the information in it is too summarised? These are legitimate questions! It becomes difficult to justify the large costs of data… Read More »

Das Auto

Wednesday July 1st, 2009

In one of the presentations that my travelling companion and the main attraction on this tour – Teradata’s CTO Stephen Brobst – delivers, he makes the point that he has been driving for 30 years and has yet to have an accident. Don’t get the impression, incidentally, that Stephen is a boastful man. He tells… Read More »