Who pays for smart cities?

This post was originally published by TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) as a Flashpoint feature on January 12, 2018. One recent sunny morning there was a traffic jam on Cottage Street, a narrow street within view of my house, aptly named for its width. Commuters heading toward the nearby bridge over San Francisco Bay found …

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Connectedness / the downside, but upside too?

Robert Kaplan writes about foreign policy, but his warning about connectedness also cuts into our dreams of free-flowing connectedness at home in cities. From Sunday’s New York Times review of his new book, The Return of Marco Polo’s World: After the Cold War, many of us naively assumed that the communications revolution would be the …

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The seductiveness of Power BI

A CEO I hear from has for years embedded Tableau in his BI platform. Tableau is the best choice by far, he says. Lately, though, a new tool has caught the BI market’s fancy: Power BI, from Microsoft. It’s already a strong contender against Tableau, he says. One more thing: for individuals with a gigabyte …

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