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…

The Worst Data Warehouse in the World

So far this blog has focused on issues related to database architecture… so this title might not seem on message. But architecture has implications. The aim of any BI system is to support the decision-making process of the business. BI infrastructure is clearly a success when your company learns to make fact-based decisions as part…