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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!

In the recently concluded Super Bowl 2012, we all know NY Giants won the championship, but in the preceding weeks there was an increasing sentiment expressed on Twitter about Eli Manning and at the end we all know the result.

If you have read James Surowiecki's book titled The Wisdom of Crowds, there is a famous example of the power of the crowd demonstrated by Sir Francis Galton. The story goes In 1906, he was visiting a livestock fair in England, where he stumbled upon an intriguing contest. An ox was put on display, and the villagers were invited to guess the animal's weight after it was slaughtered and dressed, paying 6 pence to participate. Nearly 800 people  participated, but not one person hit the exact mark: 1,198 pounds. Galton collected the answers and applied the statistical mean of these guesses from independent people in the crowd: Astonishingly the mean of those 800 guesses was 1,197 pounds, accurate to fraction of a percent. This marks the first of the series of experiments conducted by scientists to prove the collective intelligence of the crowd.

What this proves to us is when you apply a set of smart people to solve a problem, any problem, chances of a solution are very more possible than a single person trying to do the same. Today the same type of contests are held by companies such as Kaggle, 99Designs, Innocentive, CrowdAnalytix and many others, where statisticians and analytic experts compete to solve such problems.

What is the use of these contests and these business models? well there are several benefits

  • The problem can be solved better by a crowd where it can be solved faster
  • The open innovation platform provides you access to more experts than any consulting expertise can provide
  • Costs can be better managed in an open contest where the solution has a fixed price and timeline
And the list goes on. We will see how challenges arise in this subject in tomorrow's blog

The topic is deep and wide,  next week at TDWI Las Vegas, there is a night school session on this subject that I'm hosting, feel free to attend.

Posted February 7, 2012 6:15 PM
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