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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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IOD-Gold%20logo.jpgThe next Gold session is Real World Visibility and Process Innovation by Scott Burroughs, Product Mgr of Sensors & Actuators, and Daniel Hernandez, Mgt of RFID Information Center.

Scott painted the overview of sensor technologies and their growth in global systems. Foci of using sensors are: Identification, Location, Condition, and Traceability. The flip side is doing the process innovation that properly reacts to sensor data. Current applications of real world are: out of stock, inventory mgt, asset visibility, work in process, dynamic asset mgt. and the like.

We need to create business processes that are aware of what is happening in the real world. Several customer examples were then discussed, such as Airbus applying RFID to transport and warehouse logistics for asset tracking and supply chain optimization. They are tracking huge airplane assembly components.

Daniel explained that sensor systems have adopted a standard called EPCIS (electronic product code information services). IBM products in the sensor area involve: WebSphere ESB, WebSphere Premises Server (collecting sensor data), bundled with WS Business Server, and InfoSphere Traceability Server. There is tight integration with Cognos with scorecards, dashboards, reports, and alerts.

I asked about the significance of the RFID tags on all of our conference badges. He estimated that it cost the conference organizer about 20 cents of which 5 cents is the processor.

My take on this. . . The explosion of sensor data will remold the DW landscape over the coming years. Operational BI and business process monitoring will become a deeper reflection of business reality.

A key point was that the second generation of sensors (such as, RFID and 2D barcodes) allows unique identification of each item. Hence, future DW analytics will be able to drill down from [women clothing] to [dresses] to [New England Fall Leaves Style, Color light brown, Size 6] to [Skirt #4W38Y295T012] hanging in my wife's closet. Now, what is the business potential for this generation of sensor-enabled analytics? And, what are the ethical considerations?

[Blog stream from IBM IOD/Gold October 2008 is here]

Posted October 28, 2008 11:15 AM
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