CoffeeCAST – #25 – Mind Shift

Welcome to the 25th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  We are just coming off a long weekend in Canada (Simcoe day in Ontario).  A great weekend and a time to develop some discussion ideas.  Today I fly solo and discuss the idea of the ability to do a mind shift.  So in to

CoffeeCAST – #24 – Bridging the Gap

Welcome to the 24th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  It is a hot one here in Toronto and I bring you a great conversation I had with Jim post some corporate and personal development work we have been doing at Project X. Jim and I thought that today we would share out con

Know Thy Data

Ever wonder why it is so hard to get the business users to go self serve?  They don’t know the data.  The simple questions of who what where when and how are difficult to answer. So one of the early steps in any business intelligence initiative is to get to know our da

Predictive Analytics or Active Data Warehousing

Yesterday in Canada there was an announcement in the news that SAS has implemented software designed to improve revenue optimization, planning and forecasting over at Hudsons Bay Company (HBC). This is great news for HBC and hopefully it will help them do what they have been doing inu

CoffeeCAST – #23 – Working Data Store and ETL

Welcome to the 23rd CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Well it has been a challenging summer trying to keep this fresh with people on holidays and a marketplace that seems to be heating up. I grabbed Graham Boundy of Project X to join me in today’s CoffeeCAST where o

Information as a Service

As I do every day I was reading some blogs in my RSS reader.  Morgan over at Architected Information wrote a great post yesterday called "Who will be the next VisiCalc".  So after I stepped out of my reverie of thinking back to Engineering school and using that too

50Tb DVD – Portable eXtreme Data Warehousing

What would you do if you had an optical drive with 50Tb of storage capacity?  EDW everywhere?  This is still early stage stuff, but a great possibility in the world of eXtreme Data Warehousing. Professor V Renugopalakrishnan of Harvard University has taken some genetically m

Flexibility BI/DW Systems for Business

In the fast paced business world we live in there is a big push to be flexible. Fleetness and flexibility are the means to success in the new millennium. If your business is going to survive it must proactively change before the market, rather that reactively chase after the competiti

CoffeeCAST – #21 – A Discussion on Faster Change

Welcome to the 21st CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  It has been a great week with some wonderful client conversations.  They got me thinking about Innovation, Rapid Results and Speed to Market and when I was talking with Michael Ianni-Palarchio (MIP from mipsscan) about

An Interesting Point of View

I ran across an interesting blog today and in the absence of some new thought I decided to let Dave Rodabaugh’s new blog give you a differing point of view as he is a SQL Server pro and has some interesting thoughts. I really liked his blog post on interview/recruiting questions