Category Archives: Opinion

Kimball and Big Data

The final post in a 3 part blog over at IPL about where Kimball fits into Big Data. Spoiler: it isn’t one or the other. Find out more here

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Power Map April update- signs Microsoft are listening Many people have been confused and disappointed with Microsoft’s recent BI strategy, or at least regarding licensing and availability of the various parts of Power BI. It started with PowerPivot (now Power … Continue reading

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Telling stories with data

Microsoft came a long way when they created Power View- one of the things I thought was most useful about it was its ability to help tell a story with data. Not only could you take people through your insights … Continue reading

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Excel 2013: Improved BI a good thing?

Microsoft look to be getting pretty serious about using Excel as a self-service BI tool, with the promised features in Excel 2013 advertised here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/Products/OfficePreview.aspx PowerPivot is going to be incorporated into Excel itself (rather than being an add-in), and … Continue reading

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Keeping your feet on the ground until your data is in the cloud

Gartner recently released a report where they predicted that only 3% of BI expenditure will be accounted for by Cloud BI offerings. This is a strong reminder that in BI, the hype does not always match the reality. At IPL, … Continue reading

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BI methodologies

I’m not sure who came up with the quote, but it is certainly a favourite of Ralph Kimball: What’s the difference between a methodologist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist. I think that is very true of … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs, and the art of computing

I’ve recently finished reading the biography of Steve Jobs, and I found it a fascinating read in many ways. History I always find it stirring to read about the early days of personal computing. From Woz and Jobs in their … Continue reading

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