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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a Cofounder & Technical Advisor here at the BeyeNETWORK. Having covered the business intelligence and data warehousing industry for more than 15 years, I'm looking forward to a more interactive form of communication with all of you. Please share your comments and thoughts!



September 2009 Archives

Its not always about the technology....
As we continue to work with Steve Dine and his group at Datasource Consulting I have identified a trait that is critical to a successful project. If you had asked me prior to beginning this I would have provided a standard answer like the technology or the platform or the data quality and while all of these play a key role in the success of the project none of them is as important as the ability to listen. Steve and his group have this skill and their ability to understand our data and its traits is very compelling. As they have utilized Talend to populate our cloud based architecture the Q and A between his team and mine is growing at a fever pitch and the questions illustrate just how seriously they take our data. Today's call included a quick conversation about 290 records that didn't have the required attributes we determined that a process issue in our session variable for the sites was partially to blame and if Steve didn't have a firm grasp of the data this may have gone completely unnoticed. The by product of good listening has been the leadership that comes from it. It insures we can move forward at the highest possible speed towards what I believe is going to be a very strong solution. Bringing together cloud technology, JasperSoft and Talend is a highly technical undertaking but as mentioned above its clear that listening can over shadow the technology at least in the early execution stages of the project.

For all of you out there looking to start a business intelligence project be sure you have a serious comfort level when it comes to explaining your business and the data that supports it. If you even think for a moment that the consultant doesn't understand or care deeply about your business or data run the other way!

Congratulations to Steve and his team for executing on this critical skill.

Posted September 23, 2009 5:21 AM
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I am heading to Belgium today to participate in BI-Day hosted by our partner BI-Community.org on September 17th at the Brabanthal in Leuven Belgium.

Over 300 delegates are signed up for the event along with an impressive group of vendor participants that include Information Builders, SAS, Oracle, SAP / Business Objects, Talend, MicroStrategy, SPSS, Sybase and others.

The program features 5 different tracks:
• Performance management
• Business intelligence competence centers
• Data governance/data quality
• Data mining
• Trends in business intelligence

My friend
Claudia Imhoff is the Keynote Speaker and I will be presenting the results of the recently completed Benelux BI-survey.

On September 16th
BeyeNETWORK.be and BI-Community.org will be presenting the 2009 Vision Award for Business Impact. I already know the winners and am looking forward to the awards presentation and dinner at the Koloniënpaleis at Tervuren

If you are local to the area its not to late to attend so follow a link above and I'll see you in Belgium!!

Posted September 14, 2009 5:45 AM
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Oracle is starting the buzz early this year for its annual Oracle World Event in San Francisco. This ad ran in the Wall Street Journal this past week. Looks like we'll being getting a good dose of performance information on October 14th.

I'll be covering the event so watch for updates and interviews in October.

oracle ad.jpg

Posted September 8, 2009 5:46 AM
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The following is a list of the most popular business intelligence and data warehouse articles, white papers and news items as read by visitors to the BeyeNETWORK in the month of August.

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  1. Readmission Rates: A Step Toward Better Healthcare Business Intelligence
  2. Database Technology for the Web: Part 2 - Event Analytics
  3. Some Short Stories
  4. Predicting the Future
  5. Some Perspectives on Quality
  6. Building Stronger Customer Relationships with Business Intelligence
  7. The Cloud Computing Tsunami
  8. The Data Delivery Platform: Collected Comments
  9. History, Truth and Data
  10. The Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Market is Poised for Growth

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  1. Proactive Data Warehousing with Column-Based Databases
  2. Starting Small, but Thinking Large and Scaling Fast
  3. ParAccel Raises the Benchmark Bar
  4. Transforming Healthcare Through Open Source
  5. Information Integration: Metadata Management Landscape
  6. Understanding Next-Generation Rich Information Applications with BIRT
  7. Desbloquear herramientas de ERP, que utilicen datos de fuentes abiertos
  8. Enterprise Information Management: A Requirement for Enterprise-Scale Business Intelligence and Performance Management Initiatives
  9. Reaping the Benefits of Next Generation Dashboards
  10. Reducing Total Cost of Ownership: Delivering Cost-Effective Enterprise Business Intelligence


  1. BeyeNETWORK Discusses how SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Brings Business Intelligence to All Business Users
  2. Data Analysis Tool InfoZoom Enters the North American Market
  3. SAP and LinkedIn Announce a Marketing Agreement
  4. In-Memory Based Business Intelligence Tool from SiSense Introduced
  5. Teradata Announces General Availability of Teradata 13
  6. CSC Aquires BearingPoint's Operation in Brazil
  7. BeyeNETWORK On-Demand Webinar Discusses Research on the Fastest Growing Area of Business Intelligence: Operational Business Intelligence
  8. Fuzzy Logix Announces Partnership with Sybase
  9. Georgia Hospital Association Endorses CSC as a Preferred Provider
  10. KMM Trading Implements Panopticon Software’s Information Visualization Software

Posted September 1, 2009 5:20 AM
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