Wouldn't you know it. Follow BI around long enough and you come across family—if only the kind of family you see at funerals and weddings. Oracle finally brought us together again with its sustainability theme at last week's … [Continue reading] about Pissing from the mountaintop at Oracle OpenWorld
In the 32 days since the end of TDWI's San Diego conference, one phrase has come to my mind repeatedly: "The soft stuff is always the important stuff," uttered by Wayne Eckerson, director of TDWI Research. He was summing up a panel discussion, but … [Continue reading] about Heard at TDWI: “The soft stuff is the important stuff”
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations author Clay Shirky says that a technology's social effects—substitute "business" effects if you want — usually occur just when a technology has become boring. For … [Continue reading] about Is BI boring yet?
The reason most IT marketing puts features out in front, instead of benefits, is that marketers got in the habit of pitching to geeks. That audience craves obscurity. Imagine what would happen if the business people knew what all those BI tools did! … [Continue reading] about The trouble with IT marketing
Some loan officers used to go by rules of thumb. There were "The Three B's: never lend to beauticians, bartenders or barbers" and "The Three P's: never lend to preachers, plumbers or prostitutes." Now we have an automated system, but it can't tell an … [Continue reading] about SAS finance architect is out to overhaul credit-scoring metrics