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TDWI Upside - Where Data Means Business

Contributor: Barry Devlin

Dr. Barry Devlin, founder and principal of 9sight Consulting, is among the foremost authorities on business insight and big data, and is one of the founders of data warehousing, having published the first architectural paper on the topic in 1988. With over 30 years of IT experience, including 20 years with IBM as a Distinguished Engineer, he is a widely respected analyst, consultant, lecturer and author of the seminal book, “Data Warehouse—from Architecture to Implementation” and numerous White Papers. His new book “Business unintelligence—Insight and Innovation beyond Analytics and Big Data” is published later this year. A regular contributor to multiple publications, Barry is based in Cape Town, South Africa and operates worldwide.


All articles by Barry Devlin

Autonomous Vehicles: A Horse of a Different Color (Part 1 of 4)

The driverless car is coming. In this series, we'll look at the implications to data collection and privacy, to data analytics, and to business and society in general.

Data-Driven Brexit: A Wakeup Call for Analysts

The field of analytics has failed to grasp the reality that data is not reality.

Smart Things, Dumb Data

Just because devices collect data doesn't mean we can use it. Why data from IoT devices needs to be standardized.

How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 4 of 4)

We need a new model of decision making to handle the real-world elements of our processes.

How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 3 of 4)

How do we actually make decisions, and do BI tools support our processes?

How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 2 of 4)

Emotions and intent are a large part of decision making, even in business -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

How Do You Make Decisions? (Part 1 of 4)

Is decision making really a purely rational process? If not, what is the importance of business intelligence?

Time to Kill Metadata?

Metadata is neither meta nor data. The amounts and types of information important to an enterprise today require context, not a misleading term that is only vaguely defined.

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