Category Archives: business intelligence

Hadoop and Hive

I’ve been using Hadoop and Hive for the last six months and have been pretty impressed with how well it works.  To state the obvious, if you can correctly formulate your query, nothing beats this approach.  It’s been very useful for doing cohort analysis and large scale lifetime value computations on a relatively high traffic [...]

Is running a company easier than picking a cereal?

NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Jonah Lehrer today who has a new book out about how humans make decisions.  A couple of topics dominated the interview: An overload of choices make decision-making much more difficult since our pre-frontal cortex can only handle a small number of choices at a time (somewhere between 5 and 12) Several [...]

SaaS == ASP == out of business

Lawson’s chief executive, Harry Debes, just did a short interview with ZDnet Asia where he talks about the upcoming demise of SaaS. I find several of his assertions wrong and in fact contradictory to other statements that he makes in the same interview. My takeaway: this reads like a classic case of a company not [...]

Outsourced business intelligence

As more infrastructure moves into the cloud, we have also started to see a migration of applications into the cloud. Salesforce and CRM were the early movers. More recently, I have been seeing entrepreneurs explore how to move much larger applications (like SAP) and application stacks (like BI) into the cloud. My most recent discovery [...]