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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, an independent analyst and consultant, has an extensive technology background in business intelligence, analytics and data warehousing. In 2005, 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). Ron also has a wealth of consulting expertise in business intelligence, business management and marketing. He may be contacted by email at rpowell@wi.rr.com.

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Teradata continues to strengthen their Big Data IP assets with the acquisition of Think Big Analytics. With such a shortage of Hadoop talent and expertise, the need to acquire consulting expertise and training is critical for organizations like Teradata to extend their leadership in Big Data. Four major reasons for the acquisition cited by Randy Lea, VP, Teradata Aster Data Center of Excellence - their expertise, proven delivery model, IP assets and solution frameworks. Think Big has an onshore delivery model with a solution center based in Salt Lake City. They also have the Think Big Academy that helps to educate and develop experts in Big Data and Hadoop, The full press release of the announcement can be accessed here.

Posted September 3, 2014 8:06 AM
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I recently interviewed Richard Winter, and we discussed the new TCOD (Total Cost of Data) metric that he developed. In this podcast, Richard provides several examples of how this metric can be utilized to determine the best data platform for a project. This new metric is definitely needed for big data projects as the old methods really do not apply anymore. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted November 11, 2013 6:00 AM
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The global healthcare analytics market will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23.7% through 2017 according to a report from MarketsandMarkets. Additionally, IDC Health Insights recently published Business Strategy: Analytics Leads Accountable Care Investment Priority, which was based on the results of two IDC surveys. The report  identified that over 50% of the respondents (hospitals and insurers) stated their highest investment priority was advanced analytics. By leveraging analytics we have the potential to dramatically reduce the death rates from predictable and, in many cases, preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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Posted July 22, 2013 9:02 AM
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Bill Inmon is heading to Washington, D.C. for the Data Management Forum on November 3rd and 4th. This is a great opportunity for you to hear Bill explain why data warehousing is changing and how the next generation data warehouses should be architected.

The actual conference is on November 4, but Bill will be presenting a one-day tutorial on November 3. Bill's pre-conference seminar should not be missed -- you'll learn everything you need to know to architect your enterprise to optimize business intelligence and data warehousing.

Bill's also presenting the keynote at the conference on November 4, Next Generation Data Warehousing: Strategies for Success. And there's a great line-up of other presenters too:

  • Juan Gorricho, Director of Data Warehousing and Analytics at Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts
  • Adrian Gardner, CIO and Director of Information, Technology & Communications,NASA
  • Peter Aiken, Founding Director, Data Blueprint, Associate Professor, VCU, President, DAMA International  
  • Michael Hermida, President, K3MP Technologies, Past Lead Architect on Space Shuttle and Spacelab Programs, IBM Program Manager
Mark your calendars now and visit the Data Management Forum website for more details about the presentations.



Posted September 8, 2011 3:17 PM
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I want to tell you about a unique opportunity to spend 60 minutes talking personally to Bill Inmon about your data warehouse issues. At the upcoming Advanced Architecture Conference that's being held on September 26-28 in Genesee, Colorado, you could do just that. Or you could spend an hour with any of the other presenters at that conference.Here's a partial line-up of the speakers available for private discussions:
  • Bill Inmon on data warehousing and unstructured data
  • Dan Lindstedt on data vault
  • Hans Hultgren on data vault
  • Krish Krishnan on data warehouse architecture
  • Derek Strauss on DW 2.0
  • Ross Leher on taxonomies
  • Steve Hitchman on Agile data warehousing
  • Thomas Groh on BI and the cloud
  • Bill Bird on real world architecture issues
  • Larissa Moss on data warehousing
  • Patty Haines on data warehousing and unstructured data
Visit the conference website to register for the conference and book your one-on-one sessions while there are still open slots.

Posted August 12, 2011 2:34 PM
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