Thinking about BI: Infographics is the next phase…

I have been thinking about BI… prompted by a friend, Frank Bien, who is the CTO of Looker (you are welcome, Frank, for the plug…) but this post is about a  trend in BI that is worth exploring… and only maybe about Looker or any other tool. BI was originally about reporting… in its very first…

Data Science or Data Alchemy

  I love the tweetness of the @howarddresner posts restated here regarding data science… and the dialog it has started… and I would like to add a twist to the conversation.   First a story…   I once consulted for a company who was building a marketing service for their clients. They targeted customers with products provided…

Decision Support Redux

In the late 1980′s and the early 1990′s the term for software that business users executed to run reports, fire off canned queries, and/or to explore data ad hoc was called “decision support” software. Later, and still today, the term “business intelligence” came into use. I never understood the sense of the switch. The term…

OLAP is not advanced analytics

OLAP searches a set of pre-aggregated data… a cube. If the cube is large enough that you don’t bump into the edges you might think that your search is ad hoc… but that is an illusion. The set is prescribed not ad hoc. In the 1980′s we sent paper reports out… they were moved on…

Cloud Computing and Data Warehousing: Part 4 – IMDB Data Warehouse in a Cloud

In the previous blogs on this topic (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) I suggested that: Shared-nothing is required for an EDW, An EDW is not usually under-utilized, There are difficulties in re-distributing sharded, shared-nothing data to provide elasticity, and A SAN cannot provide the same IO bandwidth per server as JBOD… nor hit the…