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Barry Devlin’s thoughts on all aspects of information, its use and abuse in decision making, and the processes of both mind and machine leading to conclusions and actions.

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  • Dodging a Data-Driven Debacle

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 08 Oct 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 4

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 23 Sep 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 3

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 18 Aug 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 2

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 11 Aug 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Future BI Could Perfect Labor’s End, Part 1

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 24 Jul 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Context becomes key

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 13 Jun 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Data wrangling with panache

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 16 Mar 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Respecting Personal Data

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 02 Mar 2015
  • 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 ...

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

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 16 Feb 2015
  • 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 ...

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

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 12 Feb 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Analytics, Automation, Profit and Employment

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 05 Jan 2015
  • 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 ...

  • Dirty Data Lakes and Dubious Analytics

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 09 Dec 2014
  • “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 ...

  • The world of Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 25 Nov 2014
  • 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 ...

  • Data-driven danger

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 20 Nov 2014
  • 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 ...

  • Smaller World, Bigger Data, Faster Change

    Barry Devlin - 9sight Consulting 25 Sep 2014
  • 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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