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Mark Madsen

Open source is becoming a required option for consideration in many enterprise software evaluations, and business intelligence (BI) isn't exempt. This blog is the interactive part of my Open Source expert channel for the Business Intelligence Network where you can suggest and discuss news and events. The focus is on open source as it relates to analytics, business intelligence, data integration and data warehousing. If you would like to suggest an article or link, send an e-mail to me at open_source_links@ThirdNature.net.

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Mark, President of Third Nature, is a former CTO and CIO with experience working in both IT and vendors, including a stint at a company used as a Harvard Business School case study. Over the past decade, Mark has received awards for his work in data warehousing, business intelligence and data integration from the American Productivity & Quality Center, the Smithsonian Institute and TDWI. He is co-author of Clickstream Data Warehousing and lectures and writes about data integration, business intelligence and emerging technology.

It's too bad I missed the October Rules Fest, as it looks terrific and I'm evaluating open source rules engines. From their description:

October Rules Fest is a three day gathering of the best and brightest in the rules engine industry, October 22nd-24th, 2008. This conference on business rules technology features the inventors and scientists behind advanced rulebased technology and leading business rule management systems.

We will be bringing together, for the first time the founders and inventors of rules technologies and methodologies.

They mean what they say, too. Presenters cover the range from academic researchers to folks from Ilog and Fair Isaac to the creators of some of the key algorithms and code behind today's rules engines. Luckily for those of us not there, many of the presentations are posted at the conference site.

Posted October 23, 2008 6:59 PM
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