• December 14, 2018

Live from IBM World of Watson: Putting the ‘Business’ into Social

Traditional BI ‘collaboration’ is one-to-many eg publishing infographics to a website  or emailing a PDF – it’s like running a webinar where the participants are on mute (‘listen only mode’). The future of collaborative BI must evolve to ‘many-to-many’ – including abilities for co-authoring of BI content, as well as co-consumption, annotation, discussion, sharing, editing. […]

The parallel between software design and music

As an aspiring jazz guitarist with a lot of musician friends in the software industry (including many at Rocket), I often reflect on the parallels between software design/development and music. For example: how the “workflow” of product design should be harmonious and keep a relationship “to the tonic,” i.e. the objective of the tool or […]

CorVu Profile

Rocket at 25: a blast from CorVu’s past

CorVu was founded in 1990, and was brought into the Rocket family 17 years later in 2007. Based in Sydney, Australia, the first CorVu product hit the marketing in 1993, and the company expanded to other countries around the world within a matter of years. By September 1994 a London office had opened, with a […]

See Rocket’s new Business Intelligence solution (and take in a Red Sox game) on April 28

Rocket Discover is a new new self-service business intelligence solution, providing intuitive data preparation and discovery for business managers and executives. With just a few clicks, anyone can create colorful dashboards that help you analyze sales, profit, social media, and other information to make better business decisions. Rocket Discover easily connects to IBM Cognos TM1 […]

Drowning in data? These four tips will come to your rescue.

As a guy who began his career two decades ago as a data analyst, stringing those three words together (“drowning in data”) in the subject line wasn’t easy…but sadly it can be true. One of my challenges as a consultant is managing the amount of data that I work with. A good majority of my […]

Big Data

Big Data and Data Science: Gold Rush or Bright Future?

If you haven’t noticed yet, big data has become big in the last few years, and data science has become the next big profession. That is, if you believe the Internet, where predictions are made that Chief Data Scientist roles could displace CIO positions. But technology trends come and go. Some reach dazzling heights before […]

A BI/BA Competency Center has tremendous impact within an enterprise

It is impossible to overly stress the importance and effectiveness of implementing a competency center for Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analytics (BA). These centers, frequently referred to as BICC or BACC, facilitate information sharing and the efficient management of BI tools within an organization. Regardless of the tool(s) in place within an organization, there […]

Is mobile computing scarier than Y2K?

Those of us older than 35 can vividly remember the Y2K scare perpetrated on the computing public by a variety of fear mongers two decades ago. Leading the doom and gloom scenario were the vendors most likely to profit from fixing the supposed problems. The widely held view was that most computer software and hardware […]

What to consider when buying a busines intelligence solution

What to consider when buying a BI solution   Considering an investment in Business Intelligence, or any enterprise software? One estimate by Gartner suggests that 75% of IT projects fail to meet objectives; have you thought about the unique requirements of your project that need to be addressed in order to avoid failure? Over the […]

What if anyone could do data prep?

What if everything you ever wanted to do in terms of enriching, transforming, merging (or in current Gartner parlance ‘wrangling’) disparately sourced data could be distilled down to just 7 functions? Is this an optimistic question? Well when you survey the established players in the Data Wrangling space, it does unfortunately appear so – or […]