I recently watched an episode of the classic BBC series ‘Yes, Minister’.
In this episode, the minister asked his assistant, Bernard, to inquire about
a new hospital where there are supposedly no patients and a ridiculous amount
of administrative staff. Bernard conducts some research and returns to the
minister with his results.
Here’s a short transcript:
Bernard- You asked me to find out about an alleged empty hospital in north
Minister- Oh, yes. Bernard- Well, in fact there are *only* 342 administrative
staff in the new St. Edwards hospital. The other 170 are porters, cleaners,
laundry workers, gardeners, cooks and so forth. Minister- And how many
medical staff? Bernard- Oh, none of those. Minister- None?? Bernard- No.
Minister- Bernard, we are talking about St. Edwards’s hospital, aren’t
we? Bernard- Yes, it’s brand new. It was completed 15 months ago and is ... (more)
Successful business intelligence (BI) solutions serve as many business users
as possible. As more users use it, the more value the solution brings.
However, if you’ve had any experience with BI, you must have noticed that
as the number of users grow – so does the complexity (and consequent cost)
of the solution. This is a fundamental reality in the traditional business
intelligence space, although many startups in the space are attempting to
change it – each according to their own vision and understanding of the
But why is buying a BI solution for dozens or hundreds of us... (more)
Business intelligence software and services have gone mainstream. In the
past, only large enterprises typically invested in BI solutions. These days,
however, more and more small and medium-sized businesses are actively looking
for ways to tap into their information and use it to increase revenues,
reduce expenses and realize competitive advantage.
Even though the concept of business intelligence has been around for over 20
years, a substantial percentage of BI implementations are still considered
failures. Given the large number of vendors selling BI products and
solutions, one ... (more)
I've recently come across an interesting online discussion where several
posters discuss working with large amounts of data and its implications on
business intelligence implementations. I wouldn't have noticed it if one of
the posters had not referred to SiSense in one of the comments.
The main reason for the post was purely technological, putting on display the
internals of QlikView's in-memory database technology. This lasted for about
5 posts, after which it turned into a bashing match between QlikView
supporters and what you could call QlikView non-sympathizers in regards to ... (more)
A couple of months ago, Google added a modifier option for the Broad Match
type. This option basically allows you to control which words must appear in
exact or synonymous form within the search phrase.
For the record, I have always disliked the Broad matching option. Especially
since Google introduced Expanded Broad matching where Google show you ad for
every word they deem close enough to the actual word you bid on, not just the
Ever since they did that, it's become very difficult to control your Adwords
campaigns because the search phrases you bid on become much less... (more)