Business Intelligence projects are famous for low success rates, high costs
and time overruns. The economics of BI are visibly broken, and have been for
years. Yet BI remains the #1 technology priority according to Gartner. We
could paraphrase Lee Iacocca and say: People want economical Business
Intelligence solutions and they will pay ANY price to get it.
Nobody argues with the need for more Business Intelligence; BI is one of the
few remaining IT initiatives that can make companies more competitive. But
only the largest companies can live with the costs or the high failure rates.
BI is a luxury.
I believe that the bad economics of BI are rooted in the IT department/BI
vendor duopoly on BI infrastructure. This post focuses on IT’s inability to
deliver efficient BI projects; I will write about the BI industry in my next
There are three fundamental reasons why... (more)
Inventory levels. Sales results. Negative comments on Facebook. Positive
comments on Twitter. Shopping on Amazon. Listening to Pandora. Online search
habits. No matter what you call it or what the information describes, it’s
all data being collected about you.
Thanks to new technologies like Hadoop, once-unquantifiable data (like
Facebook conversations and Tweets) can now be quantified. Now, because nearly
everything is measurable, everything is measured. The result: companies are
spending big dollars to collect, store and measure astronomical amounts of
Show me the data!... (more)
Elasticity of the cloud computing is a wonderful idea. You can get an
instance of networked computer exactly when you need it and you only pay for
the time when you actually use it. But while the virtual memory and hard disk
is a “clean slate” created specifically for you, the IP address assigned
to your instance may have been previously used by a spammer and it could be
already on a “spam blacklist”. In an extreme case the whole IP address
range can be marked as a source of spam. And this is exactly what happened to
Amazon’s EC2: “Go Daddy blocks links to EC2 “.
The problem is ... (more)
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to
paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared
contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period.
Here is the only information available to email administrators:
Administrative management of non-employee contacts now available
Premier Edition administrators can now add contacts that aren’t employees
of their own company to the contact list that each user can access in the new
standalone contact manager.
First, create an XML representation of the shared ... (more)
The analyst firm The 451 Group asks technology companies “Who else do you
see in your accounts?” Being “seen in the account” is perceived as a
sign of market presence and ability to execute. And the opposite is true as
well. Not being seen in accounts is sign of weakness and lack of market
penetration. It’s also a proxy for the longevity question: “Will they
even survive if they are not on anybody’s radar screen.”
My perspective is completely different. I believe that being seen in the
accounts of large competitors is a sign of confusion and a complete waste of
time and money. S... (more)