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Notable marketing: ThoughtSpot and SpotGirl

Promote a data-reporting tool with a comic book? Even the few vendors willing to break from whitepapers and blogs might not look natural doing it. But ThoughtSpot’s done it, and it works. For How to Defeat the Top 5 BI Villains at Your Company, ThoughtSpot wins the Datadoodle Occasional Prize for Notable Marketing. The hero… Continue Reading

Bad stories stop good data at the water cooler

We agree by now that data’s a good compass. One neglected question is tougher: Which map? Everyone’s known the kind of “grouchy guy” TDWI instructor Kellee M. Franklin, Ph.D tells about. This guy knew better than most of his co-workers about how their Washington, D.C. defense agency worked. And he was frustrated. Over the years,… Continue Reading

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

What’s Tableau doing in Munich?

What’s Tableau doing buying HyPer, the German OLTP/OLAP hybrid? The March 10 announcement brought a flurry of email — and the Doodler notices news about a company he’s watched since it was a mere puppy that tipped over an industry. Now as it eases into midlife, flush with cash and renown, it does what comes… Continue Reading

Data guided, not data driven

I like data same as the next guy. But I don’t like pronouncements like the one I heard at an industry event last year: “If it isn’t data, it doesn’t exist.” Let’s get ahold of ourselves. Sure, data gives grounding. It’s a starting point, and it’s even a GPS. But there’s much more to any… 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