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The Data Lifecycle: Enabling Business Growth

Everyone is talking about data, “big data” and analytics. Both the volume and sources of data are proliferating at light speed, particularly with the advent of Cloud infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies, small and large, individuals, and inanimate objects create, save, and utilize data. But is there value in that data and[…]

Hadoop in 5 minutes

What is Hadoop really? Hadoop is an open source development project managed by Apache.  It is based on some technology originally written by Google.  There are multiple modules (code bases) available and all perform different tasks, but all focused on the primary directive of Hadoop, processing large volumes of data in a highly available environment. […]

BI in the Cloud: Rainy Day or Lightning Strike?

What is Cloud BI? If you’ve ever read any of my blog posts, then you probably know that I don’t shy away from the clichéd buzz words/phrases.  This time around, I thought we’d tackle two at a time (Cloud & BI).  Cloud based Business Intelligence (aka Cloud BI) is the Software as a Service (SaaS)[…]

Usher-ing in the MicroStrategy 9s Upgrade

What’s included in the 9s Upgrade? In January of this year at the 2015 MicroStrategy World conference in Las Vegas, MicroStrategy announced that their latest Analytics platform, MicroStrategy 9s, was now Generally Available.  With this release MicroStrategy has released some significantly improved security enhancements by incorporating their Usher application into the platform’s functionality. What is[…]

Big Data Infrastructure

Big Data Infrastructure Definitions for Business Intelligence and Big Data are a lot like a Picasso or Matisse, abstract & defined by the subjective impressions of the viewer.  However, making Business Intelligence (or Analytics) happen with raw, unstructured, or streaming data pushes us out of the theoretical/abstract and into the tangible delivery focused realm. What[…]