“In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming

Mike Steedle
June 17, 2009
Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing

I came across that Deming quote in a book I’m currently reading, Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. I had never really heard of Deming, but he is certainly an interesting character, and several of his ideas about systems and management are easily applicable to Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing projects.  For instance,… continue reading

BI/DW and SaaS Stock Indexes

Mike Steedle
February 20, 2009
Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, SaaS

Rick Sherman of the Data Doghouse has compiled Google spreadsheets tracking Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing– and Software as a Service-related stocks.  Perhaps not surprisingly, they are faring better than the market as a whole. (If you’re unfamiliar with the GoogleFinance functions, these spreadsheets actually refresh, unlike the ones on your desktop.) I am not surprised for… continue reading

Mint.com: secretly exposing people to BI and Data Warehousing concepts

Mike Steedle
February 18, 2009
Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing Tags: ,

If you’re like me, explaining to friends, strangers, and your parents what you do for a living can be an arduous task.  (No, I don’t store different companies’ data in a warehouse somewhere, nor do I fix people’s computers.)  When I recently registered with Mint.com, however, I saw parallels that could make understanding what Business… continue reading