Steven oversees all aspects of the company’s day-to-day marketing, corporate communications, research and thought leadership for its rapidly expanding global consulting programs.  Steven brings to iOLAP a strong background in marketing and executive management, with extensive experience in the business-to-business technology industry. He has spent a significant amount of his career in the Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing marketplace.  In 1996 he became the President and CEO of the Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), which he sold to 1105media in Los Angeles several years ago.

Yellowfin has announced an upcoming webinar, “The Real-World State of the BI Market,” to be conducted on Monday, July 15. They will be reviewing the results of 2013’s Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – a significant BI industry in-depth research report into major global implementation, usage and technology trends and developments.

So, would you ever even consider putting a data warehouse in the cloud?

With the cloud’s huge capacity, quick deployments and high availability—all at really low costs—it’s hard to ignore the possibilities. Ever since the iOLAP management team told me we were new integration partners with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Redshift platform, I have been thinking about the cloud-based data warehouse concept.

Another great blog by my good friend, Wayne Eckerson. This opening paragraph should grab your interest…

“I’ve met quite a few BI professionals who privately–and sometimes publicly–confide that they can’t move fast enough to keep their business clients happy. They secretly hope that I’ll wipe away their shame, frustration and guilt by saying they aren’t to blame for this discontent. They want me to indict the business people, saying they are too unreasonable, impatient, cheap, and short-term focused. Now, it’s true that the business people are all these things, and more! But that doesn’t mean the BI team is not at fault.”

From a May 23, 2013 article in the NY Times Technology Section.

“In the 1960s, mainframe computers posed a significant technological challenge to common notions of privacy. That’s when the federal government started putting tax returns into those giant machines, and consumer credit bureaus began building databases containing the personal financial information of millions of Americans. Many people feared that the new computerized databanks would be put in the service of an intrusive corporate or government Big Brother.”

In the May 21, 2013 issue of BI This Week, TDWI Author Steve Swoyer wrote an interesting article that represented some insights into both practitioner and vendor thinking when it comes to the pragmatics of Big Data, Hadoop and Relational Databases.

It’s kind of strange blowing your own horn, but I’m so excited to be at iOLAP that I just can’t help myself.

When a company makes the decision to transition to a more BI-centric environment, a key piece to the puzzle is often overlooked: buy-in and support from the business users, someone we refer to as the “Gatekeepers.” As consultants we are very sensitive to engaging in the right manner so that everyone in the project comes out a winner. This article discusses some of our philosophy for that team effort.