After Jim’s post here is Graham and Raj doing a whiteboard desk check of a 250 line query that is running a little wonky.

Running with the Squirrels

I remembered this ad as it came out when I was at EDS and I loved the premise.  As a small business, we are really trying to both be the squirrels as well as help our customers be more nimble. The irony was about the fact that EDS was also one of the big beasts as they referred t

CoffeeCAST – #36 – Netezza and their new CTO

Welcome to the 36th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  I have been busy at work and not had a lot of time for a leisurely chat over coffee.  But I have come back with a great guest today. So join Graham and I as we welcome Justin Lindsay as the new CTO of Netezza.  He is a

Forget Web 2.x, Now there is DW 2.x

Mr. Inmon (of inmon data systems) has come up with a new model which be calls DW 2.x (that he has trademarked) which can be found here. It attempts to evolve the previous version with some of the changes to the old diagram which include:– the extension of metadata to include cur

Can You Find It

I am going to attempt to introduce a very crucial topic in the world of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Service Oriented Architecture. Graham will talk about Metadata and man is it fun.  If you want to start a long and important conversation ask him about it, but be p

Oracle Data Warehousing Customers Sweep Computerworld BI Awards

Oracle Customers Win Top Honors in Five out of Five Best Practices Categories Recently, Computerworld magazine held its Business Intelligence Perspectives Conference in Las Vegas .  At the conference, the winners of Computerworld’s "Best Practices in Business Intellige

Tables and Views

I was involved in some analysis this week that really taught me the best practices in tables, views and access. We had a new end user application that wanted to create a view to get access to a table of data (in this case all of the table).  In the process of figuring out the bes

CoffeeCAST – #34 – Magic In the Air

Welcome to the 34th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Boo Scary, it is Halloween and along comes with it a bit of Magic in the air.  Today I grabbed Graham as he has been pretty jazzed since finally getting to see the Gartner Magic Quadrant and I wanted to talk a bit abou

Waiting since May 2004

Ladys and Gentlemen: the news is finally OUT! We’ve been hearing rumours for months, but it didn’t come and it didn’t come,and we wondered and wondered if it would ever get here.  Well, the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems fo

When Process Kills

Earlier this week I talked about the value of process.  But what happens when the steps kill the project. This is where experience is crucial.  Being able to be comfortable and understanding the process you are working to follow allows you to be able to identify when a step