Business Intelligence

April 9, 2010

A Lesson from Apple on Doing More with Less

Last week’s iPad release got me thinking about doing more with less – something that Apple has mastered. BI vendors could learn a lot from this. The […]
March 23, 2010

Data Warehousing Jobs: BI Architect

Business Intelligence Architect (SAP BusinessObjects) – Consulting Assignment, Boston MA area Athena IT Solutions is looking for a BI architect. Please feel free to forward this […]
February 2, 2010

Achieving enterprise insight: Key trends in BI and information management

Another one of my recent videos with SearchDataManagement.com: Achieving enterprise insight: Key trends in BI and information management Is your organization getting the most it can […]
January 26, 2010

Ten Data Integration Trends for 2010

As we begin both a New Year and new decade in 2010 it is a great time to discuss the significant trends impacting the data integration […]
January 6, 2010

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Contract Jobs in Massachusetts

Athena IT Solutions is looking for data warehousing and business intelligence consultants for contract jobs in Massachusetts. Senior Data Warehouse Architect Senior Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence Program/Project […]
December 22, 2009

No Shortcuts: Invest in Learning – There’s no Free Lunch

In addition to the natural tendency to assume that you do not to ask for directions, i.e. training or knowledge transfer from experienced people, with today’s […]
December 18, 2009

No Shortcuts: Focus on DW/BI Architecture and Processes, then Think about the Tools

A common problem from an IT perspective is the perception that BI is just about learning how to use the tools such as databases, ETL, reporting […]
December 16, 2009

No Shortcuts: Read the BI/DW Instructions and Ask for Directions

My undergraduate degree is in engineering. So that’s my excuse for not reading instructions. In addition, I am a guy and I don’t ask for directions […]
December 9, 2009

The Battle for the Status Quo

It’s a vicious battle. No, I am not talking about the partisan wars between the Democrats and Republicans, but this battle also impedes progress. Nor am […]
November 17, 2009

ETL tools: Don’t Forget About the Little Dogs

I’m not only concerned about hand-coding versus ETL tools;  I’m also concerned that potential buyers of ETL tools and the market in general are only looking […]
November 11, 2009

Five technology trends for improved business intelligence performance

The demand for business intelligence data only continues to increase, putting BI vendors and practitioners under the gun to develop new technologies and improve existing processes […]
November 10, 2009

Web Seminar – The Key to Operational BI: Keep It Simple

Registration is now open for my upcoming free webinar: The Key to Operational BI: Keep It Simple. Date: November 17, 2009Time: 12PM ET/ 9AM PT REGISTER […]
November 6, 2009

Data Integration: Hand-coding Using ETL Tools Part 2

This is a continuation of an earlier post that discussed the problems of hand-coding using ETL tools. What Went Wrong? There are two aspects of effectively […]
November 4, 2009

Data Integration: Hand-coding Using ETL Tools

We are creatures of habit. It’s not easy to stop doing something the way we’ve always done it. Especially when we think we are right (but […]
November 2, 2009

Discount on my Online DW and BI Data Modeling Course

My new DW and BI Data Modeling course is now available on ELearningCurve. This is a great bargain compared to traveling to a conference. From now […]
September 30, 2009

Enterprise Software: Who Should Buy Whom?

In our post Enterprise Software: Is there any one left to buy? we listed the best candidates to be acquired within the lucrative Business Intelligence (BI) […]
September 24, 2009

Enterprise Software: Is there any one left to buy?

The high tech Titans – IBM (IBM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP) and EMC (EMC) – have been buying software firms at an […]
July 1, 2009

Pervasive Business Intelligence Solutions

Pervasive BI is on the rise, offering everyday business users access to BI. Extending BI to frontline users opens up new venues such as rooting business […]
December 15, 2008

Letters to Santa

In previous years SearchDataManagement.com has posted my articles with letters to Santa. Until the new one is published later this week, here's a reminder of what […]
November 25, 2008

Upgrading your data integration efforts to enable Business Intelligence (BI) 2.0

People have been using the term “business intelligence 2.0” for a few years, but it’s described in different ways. In Business Intelligence 2.0: Simpler, More Accessible, […]
October 30, 2008

It’s Not the Tool, but How it is Used

A research note from the 451 Group “Open source is not a business model” discussed that selling open source is a tactic rather than a business […]
September 25, 2008

Business Intelligence Strategies in a Down Economy

There is a lot of worry on Wall Street and Main Street these days. Are we in a mild or severe recession? Is it the next […]
August 13, 2008

2008 Olympics Dashboard

Whether you are caught up in watching the 2008 Olympics or not, it is a welcome relief to have something else on the front pages of […]
May 12, 2008

Don’t Stop at How, Learn Why

People involved in business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) projects are very familiar with terms such as facts, dimensions, attributes, surrogate keys and slowly changing […]
April 11, 2008

Control versus communication: You decide

A recent column in Information Week “Don’t Let Tech-Savvy Business Execs Do An End Run Around IT — CIO Effectiveness — InformationWeek was filled with the […]
March 17, 2008

BI from a student perspective

I teach data warehousing (DW) and business intelligence (BI) courses evenings for the Graduate School of Engineering at a university in the Boston area. I have […]
December 21, 2007

The Intelligence is in the Data, not the Software

I am an avid reader of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Business Technology blog written by Ben Worthen. In his post “Good Decisions Aren’t Easy” on […]
October 31, 2007

BI independents get no respect

After SAP announced it was acquiring Business Objects the speculation immediately started about when and who would buy Cognos (COGN). Although Cognos might very well be […]
October 16, 2007

Too much hype: our panelists opine on “Emerging Trends in Business Intelligence”

on Many thanks to those in the Boston area who attended our second TDWI Boston chapter meeting. We had interesting presentation from Jeff Fried of FAST […]
October 11, 2007

BI and CPM software: Build vs. buy

In Part 1 of this article series, “Business intelligence and corporate performance management: What’s the difference?” I discussed the inherent differences between BI and CPM and […]
October 11, 2007

Is Cognos Next?

Speculation surrounding Business Objects ended when SAP announced that its plans to acquire it for $6.8 billion. Who’s next? It appears investors have voted by raising […]
September 11, 2007

BI and CPM software: What’s the difference?

What is the difference between business intelligence (BI) and corporate performance management (CPM)? What is the difference between BI and CPM vendors? The answer to the […]
August 14, 2007

More confusing and annoying jargon

I already had my say about the term "users." Let me vent on other tech terms have always bothered me: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – there […]
August 9, 2007

Are your customers on drugs?

The Wall Street Journal’s Business Technology Blog had an excellent post by Ben Worthen Tech Terms We Hate. The post discusses terms used in technology that […]
May 25, 2007

Operational BI – Four Flawed Assumptions

Operational business intelligence (BI) can be an integral part of a portfolio of BI solutions. But before you put it to use, see my May DM […]