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Krish Krishnan

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein.

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

I would like to use this blog to have constructive communication and exchanges of ideas in the business intelligence community on topics from data warehousing to SOA to governance, and all the topics in the umbrella of these subjects.

To maximize this blog's value, it must be an interactive venue. This means your input is vital to the blog's success. All that I ask from this audience is to treat everybody in this blog community and the blog itself with respect.

So let's start blogging and share our ideas, opinions, perspectives and keep the creative juices flowing!

About the author >

Krish Krishnan is a worldwide-recognized expert in the strategy, architecture, and implementation of high-performance data warehousing solutions and big data. He is a visionary data warehouse thought leader and is ranked as one of the top data warehouse consultants in the world. As an independent analyst, Krish regularly speaks at leading industry conferences and user groups. He has written prolifically in trade publications and eBooks, contributing over 150 articles, viewpoints, and case studies on big data, business intelligence, data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, and high-performance architectures. He co-authored Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse with Bill Inmon in 2011, and Morgan Kaufmann will publish his first independent writing project, Data Warehousing in the Age of Big Data, in August 2013.

With over 21 years of professional experience, Krish has solved complex solution architecture problems for global Fortune 1000 clients, and has designed and tuned some of the world’s largest data warehouses and business intelligence platforms. He is currently promoting the next generation of data warehousing, focusing on big data, semantic technologies, crowdsourcing, analytics, and platform engineering.

Krish is the president of Sixth Sense Advisors Inc., a Chicago-based company providing independent analyst, management consulting, strategy and innovation advisory and technology consulting services in big data, data warehousing, and business intelligence. He serves as a technology advisor to several companies, and is actively sought after by investors to assess startup companies in data management and associated emerging technology areas. He publishes with the BeyeNETWORK.com where he leads the Data Warehouse Appliances and Architecture Expert Channel.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Krish's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

December 2008 Archives

As we draw to the end of the year, I have chose to reflect upon a fundamental subject, communication and the art of listening. If you ever want to be a good speaker, a good problem solver or a good writer, the first skill to develop is good listening skills. I have come across many smart and talented people who have limited listening skills. They often speak over any other person in a discussion or in a forum, which often results in a much lesser team participation in any forum or problem solving discussion.

So what exactly distinguishes a good listener

1. A good listener will wait to hear a problem completely. Wait for the presenter to finish before offering solutions.
2. A good listener in a forum setting or a discussion will wait to speak out their thoughts
3. A good listener will also explain the problem first before the solution; this will set the expectations and avoid any communication issues

I was once told very long ago by a famous public speaker that these are very important skills to develop. Today I share his words with you.

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays to all the readers worldwide.


Posted December 25, 2008 9:35 AM
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Well, with the official word that US has entered into a recession, the next big question is how do we keep business moving. If you have not already started a business intelligence program, well guess what, this is the best time to start the same in your organization. Implementing a BI solution will give you a much needed boost about your own company and your customers. As long as you can retain your customers and keep them happy in this economy, you will be a winner when we all emerge out of this recession.

Next question is how to implement the BI program on a shoestring budget? there are a number of options and opportunities from cutting edge solutions like data warehouse appliances, BI appliances to offerings from Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Teradata. Depending on the complexity and the sophistication you require, you can mix and match the solutions to implement a successful program. You will need MDM, DG and all the other bells and whistles, but they all can be implemented once you have figured out a solution strategy and a roadmap.

Better late than never.


Posted December 1, 2008 8:07 PM
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