MacGuffin, anyone?

In his years in BI, says QlikTech VP of product management Donald Farmer, “I’ve never seen a project fail for purely technical reasons. The organizational aspect was always the principal cause of failure.” Yet tools remain the industry’s obsession.

One Response to MacGuffin, anyone?

  1. This suggests that the BI solution technical architecture ALSO has to be compatible with the organisation’s culture, skill distribution, and workflows. It has to have low up-front risk, and quick time to benefits, as well as be justifiable on an ex-ante basis, i.e. immediate hard savings in time/money, since the long-term value/benefits of better decisions can never be know in advance. New products like Omniscope recognise that it is not just a technical problem and all of the above is equally important. Excel does not remain the BI tool of choice because it is technically superior, but its advantages re: all of the above have tended over the last 20 years to trump all the other BI architectures that are too risky/costly/demanding and skills-dependent.

    Changing this will require new BI solutions architectures that leverage 64-bit OS and very cheap RAM to create new solution architures that support agile BI and master data management, yet also have all the advantages of Excel in terms of giving business users control of their own destiny. We at Visokio think we have something to offer, and we will continue to work on delervering a better BI future for the typical business user.

The data industry thrives on conversation. Please submit a comment.

Other recent posts

Tableau plus HyPer: “Something up their sleeve”

Yet a third reaction has come to Tableau’s announcement that it has acquired HyPer, the German “high performance database system.” “It seems sort of muddled,” wrote Dave Wells in email to me yesterday. He’s a longtime Tableau observer, a 40-year IT veteran, and now a consultant and educator at Infocentric. For six years, he was… Continue Reading

As if our data didn’t have enough problems

The assessment of worldwide threats issued yesterday by director of national intelligence James Clapper has one more topic for panel discussions at data-industry events. The Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community says the Ruskies, Chinese, and others will “almost certainly” try to do more with our data than to steal it. Future cyber… Continue Reading

“Big changes” in storytelling: simple and simplistic

The storytelling world shook this morning with this headline from Tableau: “Data storytelling is undergoing a big change.” The blog post lists three changes: scrolling with less clicking, simpler charts, and visualizations that weave into the narrative. What is really changing? Not much, and to call it “big changes” is worthy of a trashy tabloid… Continue Reading

Andy Cotgreave on data without emotion

Tableau’s senior technical evangelist Andy Cotgreave has boarded the data storytelling wagon. Actually, I don’t know how long he’s been there, but an article he wrote caught my attention today. He says that data without emotion is “worthless.” I agree! Consider also the terrible Syrian refugee crisis affecting the Middle East and Europe. This tragedy… Continue Reading

Notable marketing: Have imagination, will be read

For all the marketing collatoral the data industry produces, there’s little that I can read without forcing myself. But when the good stuff comes, it’s like a gust of spring air blowing into a stuffy room. That kind of marketing blew into Datadoodle headquarters Friday morning. VisualCue, maker of visualization software done with “tiles,” won… Continue Reading