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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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April 2007 Archives

Neil Raden once again rubs a raw nerve of our BI/DW industry! As a long-time proponent of Single Version of the Truth, I have seen the tangible business value of data integration that produces some type of single version of what is happening in a complex enterprise. I have preferred to call it a 'Consistent View of Business Reality'.

But, Neil is right! There is this emerging chasm that is unhealthy between the DW folks striving toward a single version the present and the BI folks striving for alternative versions of the future. Neil advocates that we strip DW of its BI credentials.

A more constructive way is to recognize the inherent conflict and turn it into a challenge for both parties. Business executives should adopt the following mantra: DW give me a consistent view of who I am. And, BI give me consistent views of who I can be.

Posted April 3, 2007 9:45 AM
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