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Dave Higgins

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Dave Higgins is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Data Insight & Social BI practice. He has been a strategic management consultant since the late 1980s and an evangelist for high-quality software systems development methods since 1975. Read more ...

Dec 062010
 

Facebook will continue to be the 800-pound gorilla in the social networking space for the coming year. The challenge for Facebook will be to not shoot itself in the foot over privacy concerns. Trust is a big component in social networking (in real life as well as online), and Facebook is already on thin ice with many people over their ever-changing privacy policies. If those concerns spread or become more profound (or perhaps worse, attract the attention of government privacy regulators) Facebook risks losing growth momentum. That being said, location-based social networking sites like Foursquare and Gowalla will lose out to Facebook Places in the coming year as Places becomes the 800-pound gorilla in the Read more

The State of BI in 2010

 Posted by on Oct 19, 2010  1 Response »
Oct 192010
 

It has been just over 50 years since preeminent IBM computer scientist Hans Peter Luhn coined the term “business intelligence.” And ever since then, BI has been viewed as getting information to the people who need it in a timely fashion and in a form that is easily consumed and acted upon (the right data to the right people at the right time). From those seemingly prehistoric days of data processing, when BI consisted primarily of monthly reports on green bar paper, to today’s splashy interactive graphics on wireless mobile devices, both the data that is available and the means with which to deliver it to the right people have changed dramatically. But have these Read more

Feb 092010
 

The shift in power from the CIO/CTO to the CFO for technology project justification is a fact of life that all of us in the technology industry are familiar with. We no longer have to sell the techies on the value of new IT projects, we have to sell to the financial part of the organization: the business. It seems a common belief that cost-justifying technology projects is difficult, if not impossible, especially if those projects represent infrastructure upgrades rather than improvements to business processes. Too often in technology we get caught up in the “gadget culture.” Most of us who have gravitated to IT have done so because deep down we are technophiles. In Read more