A Dumb Thing that 99 out of 100 Data Warehousers do

Is your terminology causing your BI / DW team to head in the wrong direction?   As a business intelligence and data warehousing consultant I constantly work with IT teams that, even internally, can’t agree on whether they have a data warehouse, a data mart, a reporting database, or something else. As a result they’re not sure what BI […]

When Business Moves Faster than BI

When Business Moves Faster than BI   Face the Facts – IT Does Interfere With Business Agility   It’s a rare organization where the business staff doesn’t complain that IT is holding them back. This is, in fact, one of the key reasons why there is friction between IT and the users they support. Rather than […]

Big Data: What to do if You Suspect You Have It

Do I Have Big Data?   If there is one question we hear from almost every Dataspace client, it is, “Do I have big data?” Many clients are torn about the prospect of big data. On the one hand, having big data represents a sort of badge of honor, i.e. “We do so much business […]

Death of the Data Warehouse

I build data warehouses. I understand why they’re important, I make a living from them. I also see that traditional, relational data warehouses are on the way out. Their demise is coming from a few technological advances. One of these is the ubiquitous, and growing, Hadoop. But, for small to mid-sized companies, the biggest advance is the […]

More Thoughts on Becoming Data Driven

A few weeks ago I published a post on how to become a data driven company.  That post spoke to what managers can do to embed BI in their organizations.  Today, a different perspective on what user departments can do to become more data driven.   Users Won’t Create Their Own Reports   When building an analytics […]

BI Predictions for 2015 (2 of 4): Cloud-based Data Warehouse

While different people will point to different times for the birth of business intelligence, I’ve always argued that BI started with the invention of writing.  Writing was invented, in part, as an accounting device.  How do I know how many cows I have?  How many did I have last year?  Write it down, report it and, […]

Bi Predictions for 2015 (3 of 4): Carefully Consider Data Warehouse Appliances

Data Warehouse Appliances Move from Strategic Options to Tactical Ones As noted earlier, big companies are experimenting with Hadoop and will eventually lean on it heavily.  Proponents usually describe two key benefits of Hadoop: its ability to handle unstructured data and its low price point.  The folks I’ve spoken with who are working on that […]

BI Predictions for 2015 (4 of 4):

Cloud BI Opens the Field to Smaller & Smaller Organizations Over the past year or two the number of software as a service business intelligence tools has exploded.  Some, like Microstrategy Cloud and Tableau Online, are offered as a repackaging of traditional BI tools.  Others, like Domo, Statwing, and DataHero, are new tools built specifically […]

BI Predictions for 2015 (1 of 4): Hadoop and Data Warehousing – Get Prepared

While different people will point to different times for the birth of business intelligence, I’ve always argued that BI started with the invention of writing.  Writing was invented, in part, as an accounting device.  How do I know how many cows I have?  How many did I have last year?  Write it down, report it and, […]