The need to render reliable, regular business reports is the reason data warehousing (DW) technology came into existence. But today, it’s supposed to be the reason that the same technology has become obsolete, replaced by an almost bizarre new architecture that leaves data messy and unstructured, that cobbles it together from multiple sources in an ad hoc fashion, that scatters it across multiple volumes willy-nilly, and that processes it using a new operating system that most executives haven’t even heard of. Is “big data” something you actually need to be able to deploy business intelligence in your business? The answer may be no, although you may need something to make BI feasible beyond the simple reporting jobs you’re doing now.
Tom’s IT Pro talks with the world’s experts on BI about the realities of building a new data warehouse out of an old data warehouse, or whatever storage you may be using, in order that your business can meet the challenges of these new, more data intensive applications.
Scott M. Fulton, III has chronicled the history of computing as it happened, from the unveiling of the Apple III to the undoing of MS-DOS to the rise of the cloud. Scott was one of the original online managers of the Delphi network (you remember modems, don’t you?), part of the original editorial team of Computer Shopper (you remember paper, don’t you?), the Senior News Editor at Tom’s Hardware and the original TG Daily (you remember... never mind), and for four years served as managing editor of Betanews. He’s the author of 17 books and over 5,000 articles printed worldwide in multiple languages. Scott also appears as contributing technology analyst on NTN24’s Ciencia, Salud y Tecnología. So basically, he has at least one finger in just about every medium, in hopes that maybe one of them will take root and bear fruit. You never know, something could happen. His fingers are crossed. (Which could explain the typing problems.) While he’s waiting, Scott and his wife Jennifer, herself a best-selling author (where do you think he gets it?), run Ingenus, LLC, an editorial services provider for technology and higher education publishers. Right now, their daughter is probably on Tumblr telling her friends how Dad keeps finding something new to go wrong with his VCR. You can follow Scott on Twitter at @SMFulton3.
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