Profile of David Stodder
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Articles by David Stodder
Semantic layers are about more than just providing centralized metadata for data access... Building a semantic layer is an important objective of most master data management (MDM) approaches as well, which means that the master data element definitions have to be accepted by more than just BI systems.
Vendors have seen the future, and it is appliances... The irony about appliances is that even as vendors market them to be simple, plug-and-play systems, it is becoming increasingly important for customers, as they expand their implementations, to understand the products' innards and how they compare.
Angry customers vent. I know, because I did it last night after getting fed up with poor cable TV reception. Rather than call the provider's contact center as I had previously, I decided to use the online chat service...
What are "analytics" and how do they relate to BI, OLAP and data warehousing?... Unlike BI tools, analytics are not necessarily welcome. "People don't always want to hear that what they are doing now isn't right," said Stephan Chase, Marriott International's vice president of Customer Knowledge...
Bad data problems can grind business intelligence or data warehouse systems to a halt - or at least they should, because the alternative is inflicting upon users incorrect or inconsistent information... Thus, it is not a bad time for organizations to review their procedures and technology options for data quality, profiling and validation.
Vendors, like leopards, feel most comfortable in their own skin - warts, spots and all. Recent developments with IBM and Microsoft prove this adage. Despite the economy, both have enormous resources to avoid existential crises... Their enduring spots have become apparent in how they are adjusting products and services.
Informatica's goal is to be the hub that brings together structured and unstructured data and lets it flow easily across enterprise boundaries… Its stature as the biggest "Switzerland" in the data integration tool market makes it a welcome systems integrator partner. With IBM owning the former Ascential Software products… Informatica's nonaligned status has strong appeal.
After a period of upheaval, I'm ready to resume contributing to the IE blog. My thoughts, however, are clouded by news of the apparent disappearance of Jim Gray, founder and head of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center. Gray contributed more than anyone to the advance of database and transaction processing technology, and it's just stunning that he appears to have left us.
It's that time when everyone reveals their predictions, from the staid to the outlandish. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal can't decide whether inflation is a threat, but a psychic interviewed on "Coast to Coast" is certain that radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger will discover that she's a remarkable singer.
We are excited about opening up this new channel for communication with subscribers and the broader Intelligent Enterprise community. We look forward to participating in the ongoing conversation among the blogs, and to sharing our ideas, reports and observations.
The imperative to integrate terabytes of increasingly varied information will make data management an exciting field for years to come. But as managers step up to the challenge, they must also step back and let users determine how data-driven insight fits their world.
To succeed, vendors and technology thought leaders must show how different kinds of solutions fit together rather than use marketing and confusing buzzwords to scramble identities for competitive purposes.
Governance is about the IT and business sides of the house coming together to change behavior and produce more efficient--and more satisfying--project lifecycles.
Fred Reichheld is a best-selling author and the most influential voice when it comes to taking loyalty seriously as part of customer relationships. In this interview with Intelligent Enterprise, Reichheld explains how to drive 'good profits' that lead to growth.
How IT adjusts to continuous improvement cycles.
To share data and make SOA work, spaghetti days must end.
Like Alice in Wonderland's looking glass, metrics reveal surprises.
How a midsize firm made customer intelligence actionable.
Focus on finding data signals amid the noise.
What's top of mind with Intelligent Enterprise readers? The more than 1,100 who responded to our Web Poll say inadequate security, misplaced vendor priorities, disparate systems and poor IT planning are big problems. Here's what your peers are doing to refocus spending and deliver better, more timely insight.
Business risk and reward hasten the end of personal computing.
Howard Dresner quit Gartner to become an exec at Hyperion, but he's still brimming with advice on BI.
Good BI is better than perfect BI.
What's accelerating BI innovation? Companies are finally breaking down departmental data silos to improve customer insight and profitability.
Trucking firm cuts accident rate with data integration.
New York's Museum of Modern Art took a composite apps approach for fast low-cost development.
Bringing real time to center stage involves more than faster processes and more software. Business and IT have to be completely in sync.