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Richard Hackathorn

Welcome to my blog stream. I am focusing on the business value of low latency data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse (DW) appliances, use of virtual world technology, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of business intelligence. However, my blog entries may range widely depending on current industry events and personal life changes. So, readers beware!

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Dr. Richard Hackathorn is founder and president of Bolder Technology, Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience in the information technology industry as a well-known industry analyst, technology innovator and international educator. He has pioneered many innovations in database management, decision support, client-server computing, database connectivity, associative link analysis, data warehousing, and web farming. Focus areas are: business value of timely data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse appliances, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of BI.

Richard has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications, presented regularly at leading industry conferences and conducted professional seminars in eighteen countries. He writes regularly for the BeyeNETWORK.com and has a channel for his blog, articles and research studies. He is a member of the IBM Gold Consultants since its inception, the Boulder BI Brain Trust and the Independent Analyst Platform.

Dr. Hackathorn has written three professional texts, entitled Enterprise Database Connectivity, Using the Data Warehouse (with William H. Inmon), and Web Farming for the Data Warehouse.

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February 2007 Archives

Several years ago, I wrote a book on Web Farming for the Data Warehouse. The focus was on the systematic refining of Web-based information resources for business intelligence, since critical information about a business was increasing created externally to the enterprise.

Today Cognos hosted a web seminar with Google to explain how the Cognos 8 Suite leverages the Google OneBox . Other vendors currently using the Google OneBox include Cisco, Employease, Netsuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and SAS.

Two aspects of the Google-Cognos solution were noteworthy.

First, the Google OneBox synthesized unstructured data both inside and outside the enterprise in vocabulary of the business. The little tricks that Google does for its generic users at Google.com get specialized for the business.

Second, the Google OneBox leverages the unstructured metadata about the BI implementation for a business. For instance, the report definitions to actual field values can be served up in a Google query result. So, a Cognos report can be a result item, which can be invoked directly.

My gut said... This is a future glimpse at the integration of all enterprise information across traditional technology barriers.

Posted February 15, 2007 10:21 AM
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Every few years there is a technology innovation to which you just have this gut reaction of 'wow'. Yahoo! released its Pipes on Thursday. And, WOW!

As with many innovations, the elements of the innovations are not new or unique in of themselves. However, the synthesis is much more than the sum of the parts.

What are the elements of Yahoo! Pipes?

1) data flow diagrams with a nice web-based UI - nothing new!
2) publish-subscribe of data flow modules - nothing new!
3) flexible inputs and great output distribution - nothing new!
4) social network dynamic like Fickr and YouTube - again nothing new!

=> Yahoo! Pipes - awesome new!

Pipes is a bit hard to get into. Document is thin. So, be patient. Learn through examples.

See the example by Nik Cubrilovic of TechCrunch to understand the simplicity and power of Pipes. Subscribe to its RSS feed for your NewsGator. Then, go mash it up!

I created a simple Pipe for taking articles from both the US and UK sites of the Business Intelligence Network and filtering them on a user-specified topic. You can mash it up here!

So what? ...to business intelligence in the enterprise. This is a glimpse of the future for wiring the flow of enterprise data among employees, partners, suppliers, etc. A popular Pipes mash-up via web-service is next gen of that past-season adhoc spreadsheet via sneaker-net.

Posted February 10, 2007 8:03 AM
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I had coffee with Dave Thielen, founder and president of WindwardReports this morning. They have an ease-to-use reporting tool that extends Microsoft Word with XML tags, retrieving data from SQL or XML data sources.

The company is a nice example of bootstrap entrepreneurship. They have sold their product to a nice assortment of large glamour companies, like Pfizer, EDS, Fidelity, JP Morgan, and the like.

Dave recently scored big with a viral marketing campaign that delivered international attention. Dave contracted with two young artists - Luke Barats and Joe Bereta - to do a promotional video for YouTube. They are so funny! You just got to see Cubicle Wars and then read Dave's blog for his reflections.

As high-tech folks, we have a lot to learn about packaging our complex ideas into simple and funny stories like this!

Posted February 6, 2007 10:15 AM
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