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BI is Dead

Posted: April 1st, 2016 — but sadly, not really an April Fool’sIn 1989, Howard Dresner — later a Gartner Group analyst — proposed “business intelligence” as an umbrella term to describe “concepts and methods to improve business decision making...

Posted April 1, 2016    

Modern BI: From Reporting to Predictive

Over the last few months, I’ve seen more and more examples of organizations moving to modern analytics approaches based on real-time, actionable data, with greater use of predictive technology.For example, Julian Pimm-Smith of Pret a Manger gave a...

Posted March 22, 2016    

Reinventing the Analytics Experience, Sideways

Over the last quarter-century, the analytics industry has slowly gathered a lot of different technology options. Starting with simple reporting, there has been a steady increase in the number of different features available. These include data...

Posted October 21, 2015    

Could Data Science Have Saved Greece?

Whatever the right solution is for the current Greek crisis, many observers believe that the problems could have been avoided if Greece had not joined the Euro in the first place.It is no secret that Greece struggled to meet the official criteria...

Posted July 7, 2015    

Why HANA? Well, It’s Simple!

Even after several years after its initial launch, I still find people who think SAP HANA is primarily a fast, expensive database — a “luxury” that they don’t need and can’t afford.But from the very start, HANA wasn’t about...

Posted June 4, 2015    

The Joy (Division) of Visualization

This morning, I had one of those serendipity moments.As I was waiting at the bus stop to take my daughter to school, I noticed one of the other pupils was wearing a t-shirt with the classic cover of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” album.The...

Posted June 1, 2015    

The Big Data Playlist

 A top ten of Big Data sound tracks, old and new — enjoy!1. The Police—Too Much InformationFirst and foremost, what defines Big Data? Well, doh, it’s BIG (although there are are LOTS of other definitions). We have so much of it that we...

Posted May 29, 2015    

Top Big Data Challenges Revisited

We’ve now been wrestling with Enterprise Big Data for a few years. Here’s a summary of our progress so far.There’s still a lot of technology to learnThere’s a lot of new technology to master, and it’s changing fast. There are new in-memory platforms...

Posted May 26, 2015    

SAP Embraces Hadoop in the Enterprise

At the European Hadoop Summit in Brussels last week, SAP underlined its support for the fast-growing number of enterprise Hadoop deployments.In the opening keynote, Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri advised attendees that Hadoop was clearly...

Posted April 22, 2015    

Awesome Analytics: Are We There Yet?

As I prepared for a presentation at the Gartner BI conference in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d take a look at old research to how far we’ve come with Analytics in the last few decades.At first glance, the answers is ‘not very...

Posted March 23, 2015    

What Is Big Data Discovery?

According to Gartner, “Big Data Discovery” is the next big trend in analytics.It’s the logical combination of three of the hottest trends of the last few years in analytics: Big Data, Data Discovery, and Data Science.Each of these areas has seen...

Posted March 16, 2015    

Are You Still Torturing Your Data?

Are you still torturing your data to get what you want? There’s now a better way.The next generation of business analytics tools include more “magic“, — in other words, they automatically analyze the data for you and make default proposals for what...

Posted February 2, 2015