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  • October 08, 2015 08 Oct'15

    Dodging a Data-Driven Debacle

    Volkswagen alerts us to missing ethical thinking in the otherwise powerful concept of data-driven business. Thanks Guys! One of the most intriguing examples of being supremely data-driven came ...

  • September 23, 2015 23 Sep'15

    Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 4

    It’s indisputable that technology is displacing many of today’s jobs. The question is: what should, or can, we do about it? This series—parts 1, 2 and 3—explores the possible consequences of this ...

  • August 18, 2015 18 Aug'15

    Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 3

    It’s indisputable that technology is displacing many of today’s jobs. The question is: what should, or can, we do about it? This series explores the possible consequences of this shift and how ...

  • August 11, 2015 11 Aug'15

    Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 2

    It’s indisputable that technology is displacing many of today’s jobs. The question is: what should, or can, we do about it? This series explores the possible consequences of this shift and how ...

  • July 24, 2015 24 Jul'15

    Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 1

    It’s indisputable that technology is displacing many of today’s jobs. The question is: what should, or can, we do about it? This series explores the possible consequences of this shift and how ...

  • June 13, 2015 13 Jun'15

    Context becomes key

    The need to clarify the context of information is becoming vital as big data and the Internet of Things become ever more important sources in today’s biz-tech ecosystem. Suddenly, it seems, it’s ...

  • March 16, 2015 16 Mar'15

    Data wrangling with panache

    When it comes to externally-sourced data, data scientists are left to pick up the pieces. New tools can help, but let’s also address the deeper issues. Trifacta presented at the Boulder BI Brain ...

  • March 02, 2015 02 Mar'15

    Respecting Personal Data

    Remember lastminute.com? How is this for their last word on personal data? What’s wrong with the following e-mail I received from @lastminute_com today? “Dear Customer Important information about ...

  • February 16, 2015 16 Feb'15

    HDS Buys Pentaho – What’s the Deal? (Part 2)

    In building out its Internet of Things, is HDS acquiring a data refinery, a data lake or a data swamp? See also Part 1 The Data Lake has been filling up nicely since its 2010 introduction by James ...

  • February 12, 2015 12 Feb'15

    HDS Buys Pentaho: What’s the Deal? (Part 1)

    In building out its Internet of Things, is HDS acquiring a data refinery, a data lake or a data swamp? This week’s announcement of Hitachi Data Systems’ (HDS, @HDScorp) intention to acquire ...

  • January 05, 2015 05 Jan'15

    Analytics, Automation, Profit and Employment

    Why, oh why does the relationship between analytics, automation, profit and employment seem to elude so many people? A nicely rounded post by Scott Mongeau, “Manager-machine: analytics, artificial ...

  • December 09, 2014 09 Dec'14

    Dirty Data Lakes and Dubious Analytics

    “Gold is down almost 40% since it peaked in 2011. But it’s still up almost 350% since 2000. Although since 1980, on an inflation-adjusted basis, it’s basically flat. However, since the early-1970s ...

  • November 25, 2014 25 Nov'14

    The world of Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing

    Gartner’s new acronym, HTAP. What does it mean and why should you care? What if we lived in a world where business users didn’t have to think about using different systems, depending on whether ...

  • November 20, 2014 20 Nov'14

    Data-driven danger

    Data-driven business looks like its emerging as the next big buzz phrase. Should you be worried? Back in Cape Town after six weeks on the road in the US and Europe, my first task was to step on ...

  • September 25, 2014 25 Sep'14

    Smaller World, Bigger Data, Faster Change

    Let’s meet in New York, complements of Cisco Information Server, NuoDB, Strata, and Waterline Data. The latest McKinsey Quarterly, celebrating its 50th anniversary, suggests we need a significantly ...

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