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As one of the founders of data warehousing back in the mid-1980s, a question I increasingly ask myself over 25 years later is: Are our prior architectural and design decisions still relevant in the light of today's business needs and technological advances? I'll pose this and related questions in this blog as I see industry announcements and changes in way businesses make decisions. I'd love to hear your answers and, indeed, questions in the same vein.

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Dr. Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities in the world on business insight and data warehousing. He was responsible for the definition of IBM's data warehouse architecture in the mid '80s and authored the first paper on the topic in the IBM Systems Journal in 1988. He is a widely respected consultant and lecturer on this and related topics, and author of the comprehensive book Data Warehouse: From Architecture to Implementation.

Barry's interest today covers the wider field of a fully integrated business, covering informational, operational and collaborative environments and, in particular, how to present the end user with an holistic experience of the business through IT. These aims, and a growing conviction that the original data warehouse architecture struggles to meet modern business needs for near real-time business intelligence (BI) and support for big data, drove Barry’s latest book, Business unIntelligence: Insight and Innovation Beyond Analytics, now available in print and eBook editions.

Barry has worked in the IT industry for more than 30 years, mainly as a Distinguished Engineer for IBM in Dublin, Ireland. He is now founder and principal of 9sight Consulting, specializing in the human, organizational and IT implications and design of deep business insight solutions.

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It's January 1st, 2007. The sun is shining in Dublin. It seems like a good day to start this blog!

First of all, let me welcome you all to my channel on BeyeNETWORK. It's a pleasure to be here and have the opportunity to talk to you all -- and most especially to hear your views, too.

This is going to be a short entry, since it's a holiday here in Ireland today, as in the rest of Europe. All the better to get over the hangovers, I guess!

I'd like to focus discussion here around the future of BI and how I see it evolving in the coming years. You can see that's where my interest lies from the contents of my first article and I hope it's something you are all interested in too. My belief is that we are going through quite a sea change in the BI world at present, driven by similar changes in the IT world in general. We have the opportunity now to define how we want to see BI evolve. If we don't participate, we will be swept along by the changes going on in the wider IT world. It would be a shame to be left behind ... so I hope you'll join me on this exciting journey.

Posted January 1, 2007 1:38 PM
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Welcome abroad and top of the year to you! I am also looking forward to the 'sea change' in BI. The ship is rocking. Hold on tight!

Hurrah! You are here at last. I expect to see wicked humor, ascerbic comments, and deep insight from this blog.

OK -- maybe an occasional joke or two would work...

Congratulations to my favorite Irish BI expert!


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