April, 2010. Apple's iPad sees the light of day for the first time. Yes, it was only a few short years ago the iPad was first introduced to the world market. To say it was a splash is an understatement. Apple knocked it out of the park. A new product category was soon created out of thin air and Apple, once again, became the toast of the town. Tablets are now as common a product category discussed as mobile phones and laptops.
I'd like to focus on Amazon's response to the iPad's release... [More]
Probably the most storied (no pun intended) and universally-revered newspapers has been arguably The Washington Post. It’s the ‘paper that the politically interested read’ a lot would say. It is the paper of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Think ‘All The President’s Men’), Katherine Graham, and Ben Bradlee fame – all celebrity newspaper people if you know the newspaper industry. The Post’s stable of writers include Pulitzer Prize winners like Rick Atkinson, Dana Priest, David... [More]
Most people h ave either seen or heard of the movie It's A Wonderful Life where its lead character, George Bailey, went from the depths of despair to exalted heights from the movie's beginning to end. George Bailey found himself in a self-described dead end life having accomplished nothing he'd dreamed of as a child. He was seemingly forever stuck in his job as the head of his father's failing Bailey Building & Loan business. There he was perceptibly with no options in the sleepy little Bedford Falls,... [More]
E pluribus unum—"Out of many, one." This phrase in the American vernacular alludes to the union between America's states and federal government, as symbolized by the shield on the eagle's breast on the U.S.A.'s Great Seal. As this phrase pertains to our educational system here in the United States one can argue this ideal of unanimity is never more appropriate.
As the singing duo Hall & Oates belted out it's all about "Adult Education". Really it's about child and... [More]
Winning tactics employed to deliver a successful political campaign in a lot of ways mirror the strategies you should utilize to drive a business analytics initiative. Successful political campaigns take their candidate and his or her value proposition and are able to cut through everything else competing for their voters' attention and still make it clear everything there is to know about this individual and why the voter should cast their vote for them. Candidates are competing for voters' attention and interest with so... [More]
In the spirit of the American presidential election which came to a conclusion yesterday I thought I'd post something about American history as a metaphor for the type of leadership it takes to drive home an analytics initiative.
"He who hesitates loses.” That's really the message for this post. We all have heard this phrase at one time or another. The truth of this phrase rings true in the case of battles that should have but never did occur in the American Civil War.
For those unfamiliar with... [More]
What if you had tomorrow's winning lottery ticket number? I know if I had it I'd be ready to pick out that shiny new car or big vacation I've been dreaming about these past few years. Imagine the possibilities.
Would you quit your job? ...travel the world? ...addition to the house? ...pay off those nagging debts? Probably all of the above. Seems like every lottery winner these days we hear about is pulling in tens of millions of dollars. This kind of money can be... [More]
In the preface to The Gathering Storm , Volume I of VI of Winston Churchill’s World War II memoirs, Sir Winston writes that when then United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked him for suggestions about what this world war should be called the British Bulldog quickly replied, “the Unnecessary War.” To find a business process that might fit that same perception you need look no further than an organization's budgeting process.
That's perhaps a little extreme to say the budgeting... [More]
Driven by a collective focus across the enterprise.
Aligned by shared objectives in an ever-changing landscape.
Adapted to market force changes.
No, it's not some big corporation or government entity. Not even close. It's African termites. As a unit they're the prototypical smarter enterprise. To illustrate why let's take a closer look at this special termite community located in the African nation, Zimbabwe.
What makes them so special, you ask?
Well, these... [More]
Only two days to go until the Information On Demand Unconference . This is the one place where the customer gets to call the shots and set the agenda.
Even if you can’t make it to the Unconference, just seeing what topics are ranking provides great insight into the big themes in data management right now.
So, what is trending?
Plugging all the sessions into Wordle ends up looking something like this:
Breaking that down into the top sessions, this is what we’re looking at:
1) Accelerating DB2 deployments with... [More]
Recapping our week in the AnalyticsZone we had some exceptional content that I'd like to highlight for you all because I think it's truly some of our best ever delivered. For starters, we had yet another AnalyticsZone Presents... Ask The Expert series webcast last Wednesday afternoon featuring the Return on Investment Cognos Insight application developed by IBM Premier Business Partner ISW . We learned from ISW how this excellent application can through so simple an interface of screens and inputs deliver such first-rate... [More]
This year’s Information On Demand conference promises over 700 technical education sessions, 110 hands on labs. 300 customer speakers, the list goes on. If you are looking to understand some of the key trends in analytics, big data and information management, this is the place to be.
In the midst of all of this, who better to learn from than our business partners? These are the folks who get to see the industry from a unique perspective: they are familiar with a range of deployments across all kinds of customer environments and so have a... [More]
You don't have to be a sports enthusiast to appreciate the stresses involved in a coach or manage r's job. They've got fickle fans who love them when things are going well, skewer them when they don't. To be sure, fans can be relatively patient when they know their team lacks competitive talent but, regardless of whether or not the talent exists, if winning doesn't happen within a certain window of say a year or two those same fans are prone to storm the castle - unless they're seeing glimpses of a better... [More]
Ever heard of the comedian Jeff Foxworthy? He's the funny guy who's most famous for using examples of what he perceives as 'redneck'. To help you understand what he means by 'redneck' a few examples of his riffs might help. Here are some of these "rednecks riffs":
“You may be a redneck if . . . your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.”
“If you own a home with wheels on it and several cars without, you just might be a redneck.”
If you haven't heard already the AnalyticsZone has a free Personal Edition of IBM Cognos Insight available now! No trial period. No finite amount of time the executable file works for you. No gimmicks. This one's free for your use as long as you would like to use it. We announced this free edition during our AnalyticsZone community webinar last Tuesday and are excited to be offering it to you now.
Download the on demand webinar we delivered last week to get the inside scoop on this new... [More]