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Charts and Graphs Soundtrack from PBS Kids

Thanks to Dan Roam’s post, and Swivel’s post, I’m glad I found this. Start your next “charts and graphs” presentation with this gem from PBS Kids:  

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Microsoft BI Vision: Excel = BI Democracy?

I frequently check out Mosha Pasumansky’s blog on OLAP. I learned from his recent post that Microsoft announced 2 very interesting milestones coming up on their BI roadmap – project Gemini (which will be the new incarnation of Analysis Services), and SQL Kilimanjaro release (a move toward column-oriented architecture). If not anything else, check out […]

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Polarization of BI Solutions

It almost seems like the big BI companies figured out they had to be a part of something even bigger to justify their already sky-high license costs. Just within last 12 months, we’ve seen Hyperion get bought Oracle, Business Objects get bought by SAP, and now today Cognos got bought by IBM. And I can’t […]

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Commoditization of Business Intelligence

I received an email from Seth Grimes, a very familiar voice in the BI community, with an interesting question — Do you now see BI as a commodity market? He was referring to an earlier post about our open source BI project OpenI, where I’d mentioned: The state of business intelligence software market has been […]

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OpenI Listed in Top 10 Free BI Apps

Ask anyone who is involved in an open source project, getting recognized is one of the greatest kicks you get out of the whole deal. So, when my Google alert picked up this news on OpenI listed in the Top 10 Free BI Apps list, it absolutely made my day. Of course, a lot of […]

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Passion for Data Visualization

I discovered this on TED talks, and I completely agree that this is a true display of “passion for information visualization”. The software used for the presentation is at http://www.gapminder.org and is also a google tool (http://tools.google.com/gapminder) It appears to be “bundled” with the global economic data, not sure if there is an open decoupled […]

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We’ve got charts and graphs to back us up, so f@#$ off!

Recently I had a potential partnership discussion to evaluate whether our predictive analytics technology could provide key insights from this potential partner’s (I’ll call them company XYZ) marketing database. Here’s how my conversation went with Mr. X, an exec at company XYZ, (which is a marketing technology company): Me: “So, what are they key business […]

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Qualitative Data vs Behavioral Data: Who do You Pay Attention To?

Yesterday during a call with a potential client, this topic came up. This is a well-known desktop software company, and they have a unique challenge: Their primary measure of customer loyalty is the “Reichheld Score” aka the Net Promoter Score, which is based on customer responses to a single question — “Would you recommend us […]