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June 2006 Archives

Participate in the Business Intelligence Network's first annual data visualization competition.

Stephen Few, The Business Intelligence Network’s visual business intelligence expert, has prepared five business scenarios that require data visualization solutions. You have an opportunity to showcase your talent by entering our competition. In addition to an overall winner, awards will be given to those who contribute the best solution to each of the five scenarios. You may respond to as many of the scenarios as you wish. The winning solution to each of the scenarios will be featured in Stephen’s Few’s newsletter on the Business Intelligence Network, beginning with the August edition. Entries may be submitted until the July 14, 2006 deadline. You’ll find a link below to the Excel file that provides full instructions, a description of each scenario, and the data that is required for each visualization solution. Please participate. Not only will you be challenged and hopefully learn from the experience, but your participation will give us all a useful means to assess the state of business data visualization today.

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Posted June 13, 2006 6:17 PM
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Larry DeBoever this mornings keynote at GoldenGate's Real-Time user group made an interesting statement about real-time technology. "We are just exiting the stone age of real-time systems". Larry is the CEO and Chief Research Officer at Infonomics Research Inc. During the presentation he discussed his 8 Rules for making this happen. see image below:


Larry made some other interesting points about the speed of business and innovations effect on the need for real-time technology. My favorite was www.amazon.co.jp who rolled out a program that leverages cell phone cameras in Japan so shoppers can snap a picture of a barcode on consumer items and have Amazon give them the price on available at the website. Nokia has gone so far as to build RFID scanners into the phone for a similar purpose.

Bottom line, real-time technology is here to stay and business demands are driving it forward faster and faster.

Posted June 13, 2006 5:15 PM
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First mornings with user groups are always fun. Assuming you are not suffering from last nights festivities and in Las Vegas that may not be an easy thing. I am proud to say that I managed to retire before midnight so I was up early and in attendance for this morning's opening sessions.

First up was company Chairman and CEO, Ali Kutay. He covered the normal state of the company stuff along with providing insights into the business drivers for GoldenGate.

Storage and Moores Law - more data, more data, more data
Growth in Transaction based data - more data, more data, more data
Heterogeneous IT Environments - different data

Are you seeing a theme?

GoldenGate is riding the growth wave and has doubled its team size since last year. Other highlights for the company include new platform support of IBM and Microsoft with others to follow, additional support for Oracle and HP, advances in working with Teradata's Active Data Warehouse and a new head of product development, Sachin Chawla.

GoldenGate seems to be spreading its wings into new verticals as well, the company was rooted in Financial Services and Healthcare and they are now focusing on communications, retail, Ecommerce, government and even gaming.

While GoldenGate has been in the space for 11 years the vibe and culture of its team and clients is that of an exciting start up. The next 2 days promise to be very interesting.

Posted June 13, 2006 12:19 PM
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I not sure that it's a good sign that I do most of my blogging from airports? I'm at Denver International getting ready to head off for 3 days in hot, hot, hot Las Vegas. I'll be attending the GoldenGate Software user group at Mandalay Bay. The great news is that GoldenGate chose the Four Seasons as the show hotel so at least I won't have to listen to the bing, bing, bing of slots evertime I go out of my room. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, the Four Seasons at Manadalay Bay is the only strip hotel without a casino.

So watch this week for information from the event and a peek into the world of Transactional Data Management (TDM) solutions.

Posted June 12, 2006 1:48 PM
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I really like flash drives, I have a 1 Gig unit that I carry on my key chain and recently I got a Pen from DataFlux that has a 256 Meg drive built right into the pen. Its remarkable how fast we forget that back in the old days you had to use a disk that only held 1.3 Meg. The only draw back is I forget how much I have on my drives and sometimes when I want to put something on them I'm surprised to see that they are full.

So, I have found a solve to the problem check out http://www.plusminus.ru/flashbag.html. A Russian site that invented USB Drives that enlarge as you put data on them. The size of the device changes depending on the amount of data it holds. When the device is about to blow up you will see the familiar error message on your screen: "There is not enough free space".

When switched off the flashbag remains pumped up, so you can estimate with the naked eye how much more pics, books and music albums can be transferred into it.

Way Cool!!!!

Here is the 2 best selling models they offer, I really like the Sponge Bob Square Pants model.



Posted June 9, 2006 12:30 PM
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