Neil Raden

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Articles by Neil Raden
posted in April 2008

The Fall of the Relational Empire

Relational is given a lot of credit because of its staying power and incumbency, which is often confused with universal usefulness. But if you step back and think about it, there is nothing special about a relational database, and in the world as we see it evolving, the physical structure, and even location of data, no longer matters...

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Welcome to 'Competing on Decisions'

Perhaps you noticed that I renamed this blog "Competing on Decisions" from "Addicted to BI."... I've come to the conclusion that informing people (BI) is part of an incomplete cycle. If we as a company make an investment in BI, it isn't the informing of people that matters, it's what happens next. The decisions.

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Databases ALIVE!

It wasn't so long ago that if you were considering a data warehouse, your choices for a relational database platform were limited to Oracle, IBM, Teradata or Microsoft... Database choices are now back, and then some!

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Eight Comebacks on 'BI and Technology'

Excel comes with lots of baggage, and that has to be addressed. If there is a company policy that you don't wear flip-flops to work, why can't there be a company policy that unaudited spreadsheet models can't be used in presentations, or, data has to be sourced with adequate provenance before a spreadsheet can be shared?

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BI and Technology: Part II

Thanks to all of you who responded to my last post with thoughtful comments. Rather than respond to each in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate, as Kurt Schlegel suggests, let me shift the discussion a little. Instead of arguing that technology alone can't move BI along, I'd rather explore the issue of what can...

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