Archive for April, 2009

Can Computers Analyze Data?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Since “business analytics” has come into vogue, like all newly popular technologies, everyone is talking about it but few are defining what it is. In his inaugural article for the B-EYE-NETWORK, “Today’s ‘Analytic Applications’ — Misnamed and Mistargeted”, Merv Adrian argues that “analytic applications ought to be defined as those which use analysis to deliver [...]

News Flash: BI Discovers the Obvious

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I was surprised to find the obvious reported as news today when I read Ted Cuzzillo’s latest article for TDWI’s newsletter BI This Week titled “The New Breed of BI Analyst.” I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, because vendors and other organizations that support the business intelligence industry sometimes claim to have discovered something [...]

I do not like ill-reasoned spam; I do not like it, Sam-I-am.

Monday, April 6th, 2009

If my experience is at all typical, you probably have a friend or relative who occasionally sends you emails like the one below, which I recently received. In reading it, you’ll find several logical errors, along with errors of other types that render it absurd and unreliable (and perhaps dishonest), regardless of your political affiliation. [...]