Intel: In Search of the Better Idea

Most businesses live very tactically – focused like a laser on every quarter they are in and on optimizing sales – but with no view of what is coming 12 or more months out. This is why so many of the companies that were successful 30 years ago are no longer around today. Events occurred that they didn’t anticipate and the market left them behind. Since there is no accurate crystal ball showcasing the future, the only way to accurately...

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Big Data Does Not Equal Competitive Advantage

Most companies undertaking new big data initiatives are doing so with specific business goals in mind. The belief is that a better understanding of their operations, their customers, their research and development will all lead to smarter, timelier decisions, and this will then translate into better results. Done right, this is all true enough, and certainly a worthy pursuit. (Some common mistakes are outlined in my previous blog post...

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IBM Covers the Board for Big Data Solutions

IBM STG (the hardware group) will tell you infrastructure matters for big data solutions. This is correct. The capabilities of servers and storage, networks, and clouds will all definitely have a significant impact on a number of characteristics of an analytics environment, including but not limited to performance, scalability, reliability, and cost. So when customers and prospects are looking to build an enterprise-grade solution,...

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Tableau 7: Sleepless In Seattle Because Data Never Sleeps
Sep12

Tableau 7: Sleepless In Seattle Because Data Never Sleeps

SEATTLE: It’s been my experience that when a vendor hosts an annual customer event, there are new products being launched and orders being taken,, but the seventh Tableau Conference wasn’t about the products so much as about the customers and how to get the most out of Tableau’s BI tools. The 5,500 customers and partners, almost double last year’s attendance of 3,000, were more than politely interested in what...

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Mass Appeal: Tableau Aspires To ‘Analytics For The Rest Of Us’
Sep09

Mass Appeal: Tableau Aspires To ‘Analytics For The Rest Of Us’

SEATTLE: Just under two years ago Gartner predicted that by 2015 there would be a massive shortfall of talent to make sense of the onrushing data avalanche, but Tableau Software plans to solve that problem with a new tablet-based product code-named Project Elastic. Unveiled at the seventh Tableau Conference (TC14), (more than 5,500 customers and partners, up substantially from the 180 back in 2008), Plastic is intended to be an...

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