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Links to on demand webinars that I have completed for Dell Software

There are a number of Links posted below to on demand webinars that I have completed during my time in Dell talking about Big Data, Data Integration, Data Profiling.

How to Work Smarter Not Harder with Big Data

The End of Data Access Challenges

Five Ways to Ease the Data Blending Challenge

I hope you enjoy these webcasts and can learn from them.

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Maximizing Big Data’s Value

Stephen Swoyer from TDWI conducted an interview with me earlier this year where we discussed how to start with Big Data, what are they key questions you should be asking as an enterprise before you start and how can you make the journey to Big Data success as painful as possible.  This article can be found here.

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Data Lake Approach

Late last year I took part in a webcast with Elliot King, Unisphere Research analyst on how to weigh the pros and cons of the Data Lake for your organization – we discussed the five laws of data integration and how these must be the corner stone of any Hybrid Data Eco System to enable the enterprise to gain full actionable insight from their information stores.  This article can be found here with a recording of the wecast available

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Q&A: How Both Sides Can Help Heal the IT-Business Rift

I took part in a Q&A session with Linda Briggs from TDWI on how both sides can help heal the rift between IT and the Business – that article can be found here

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What Big Data Means for the Future of Self-service Business Intelligence

An article I wrote for Information Management can be found here on what Big Data means for the future of Self Service Business Intelligence

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Business Intelligence for the Business and IT

Okay so as I write I am on the train on my way to discuss a problem that I see all too often in corporate business today.  I am travelling to talk to a group of Business Users who work for a major retail bank here in the UK.  I am trying to identify how they use data, how they connect to their data sources currently and how they use that data to complete analysis to provide useful insight to drive decision-making within the company.

As I have spoken about before on LinkedIn and other web related material one of the major hurdles to a successful Business Intelligence strategy within any company regardless of the area they are based in is the gap between IT and the BI team.   This gap is probably responsible for 90% of the failures we see with corporate BI solutions.  The dichotomy of the standpoints of IT – who want data governance and security above all, and the Business – who want result driven decision-making or Business Intelligence Right Now (BIRN)  is what is responsible for this failure rate.  It is not that the companies IT team does not want to help – or that the Business wants to go and do its own thing – it is just that no one has yet come up with a good solution to let both parties play in the same sandbox without upsetting each other.

My discussions tomorrow are aimed at discovering what the frustrations are that are felt  by the business user in a large multi national organisation and how they are currently solving their problems.  I will then back this up with a follow-up meeting with the IT stakeholders to clarify their point of view.

I believe that only with a greater understanding of how both sides think of the problem and then through a process of mutual understanding and engagement can we identify the needs of both parties and hope to develop tools to satisfy those needs.

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