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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

More articles and Ron's blog can be found in his BeyeNETWORK expert channel.

January 2009 Archives

The importance of protecting your key intellectual assets and confidential reports is critical in today's economic environment. I recently spoke with Johnnie Konstantas, VP of marketing for Varonis. With all of the requirements regarding compliance and new regulations being instituted by government agencies in 2009, the importance of automating and monitoring access to key documents is of the highest priority. Also, the ability to limit access to employees that have been terminated is just as important.  Following are 5 security predictions for 2009 from Varonis:

Automation is essential - a tough economy usually means being asked to do more with less. While IT departments tend to traditionally run lean, hiring freezes are likely to extend here as well. This potentially means that IT operations directors will take a look at processes and tasks that are essential but labor intensive, and look for ways and technology by which to automate the functions. This type of spend is likely to get approval especially if payback is quick.

Efficiency over innovation - efforts aimed at increasing employee productivity and getting more from existing investments will definitely have an audience. These are good times for companies to offer customers tutorials and guidance on getting more from the functions of installed technology, especially if those functions help them save time.

Expenses must map to business benefit - while some new technologies and projects may be approved, it's almost a certainty that all new IT expenses have to show clear return on investment. Business managers will need to see short-term time savings in both time and money before approving any expense - even those requisite for operating the business.

Transparency to asset use - incidents of data loss and misuse have been on the rise and likely to increase with layoffs and job insecurity, which has increased in regard to the economic downfall and will continue to increase in 2009. Companies are mandating greater protections for information assets and asking IT personnel to show proof of measures taken to that end. Organizations too are looking to implement processes that charge data stewards with the continuous monitoring and safekeeping of critical company information.

Risk mitigation is good enough - while most organizations aim at 100% data loss prevention, during a downturn business managers must weigh cost of protection against acceptable risk. Measures that significantly reduce risk and provide adjunct operational benefits will be preferred to strictly preventive solutions with lengthy implementation time frames.

Posted January 30, 2009 1:28 PM
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Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411 (1-800-466-4411). This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free -- great when you are on the road.

Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number. With this new service, if I am driving along in my car and I need to call the golf course but don't know the number, I can hit the speed dial for information that I have programmed. 

The voice at the other end says, 'City & State."  I say, '"Garland , Texas."  He says, "Business, Name or Type of Service."  I say, "Firewheel Golf Course."  He says, "Connecting" and Firewheel answers the phone.  How great is that?  This is nationwide and it is absolutely free!

Click on the link below and watch the short clip for a quick demonstration. 


Posted January 23, 2009 7:58 AM
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Am I the only one that feels that corporations today are accelerating today's economic problems! First the banks won't lend and have tightened the screws on all businesses because they cannot figure out their own financial position.

Does Microsoft believe that cutting 5,000 jobs because they only made a profit of $4.17 billion is really going to help? Those 5,000 will no longer be able to buy Microsoft products and I am sure the "ill will" that it causes will have an even greater effect on Microsoft's bottom line.

Here is the news:

January 22, 2009 (IDG News Service) Microsoft Corp. today said it will cut 5,000 jobs amid falling profits. About 1,400 positions were eliminated today.

The job cuts come as the company announced that fourth-quarter profits fell 11% to $4.17 billion. Revenue rose 2% to $16.6 billion.

The company said it plans to cut jobs in research and development, marketing, sales, finance, legal, human resources and IT over the next 18 months.

Microsoft projected that the cuts will trim its annual operating expense run rate by $1.5 billion and reduce its fiscal 2009 capital expenditures by $700 million.

Posted January 22, 2009 2:34 PM
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Though constituting less than 10 percent of the general population, four of the last six U.S presidents have been left-handed: Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Current President Barack Obama is also left-handed, as was his opponent in the 2008 election, John McCain. That now makes 5 of the last 7 with Obama. Here is what Wikipedia says about being left-handed.

By the way I am also left-handed but have no intentions of running for President, especially with how the last right-handed President, George W. Bush left the office. The next 4 years should be very interesting!

Posted January 20, 2009 11:37 AM
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