Open Source BI

We [Clarise and I] met with Bernard Golden, The CEO of Navica, again. One of the topics of conversation brought together our work in Business Intelligence and Open Source. Bernard's background includes Informix and our's includes Oracle :) [No rivalry though] All three of us have worked on large system integration projects requiring strict data modeling and centered around the RDBMS, ETL, EAI, OLTP and OLAP tools selected to best meet the business needs. Clarise and I have worked with Jetstream [ETL & EAI], Mondrian with JPivot [OLAP].

One of the most important aspects of a BI project is the implementing the business process and best practices for the users. Determining what that really means is key to the success of such projects. Do the current business processes implement best practices for that industry, giving the organization a competitive edge, but needing better implementation from IT? Are the best practices implemented in a COTS BI suite better than the organization's current business processes? This is at the heart of most "build versus buy" decisions.

And this is one advantage that open source packages may have over buying a proprietary solution that implements the vendor's version of BI best practices for a given industry or vertical. Open Source can be more cost effectively customized to implement those processes and practices that your organization views as giving a competitive advantage.

By the way, Bernard gave us a copy of his book, Succeeding with Open SourceBook Cover Image for Succedding with Open Source.

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Happy Birthday to Dave

05/01/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

wiki(Dave Winer) is perhaps the most important person to the Syndisphere, Synodsphere, Blogoshpere and every other spherical web out there. And he's turning 50 on 2005 May 2nd.

Congratulations Dave. I'll be joining you in a few months (December). 1955 was obviously a very good year.


Coffee with Bernard

04/30/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Business Perspective, Open Source, Open Source, Open Source

We (Clarise and Joseph) met with Bernard Golden, the CEO of Navica.

Bernard Golden CEO Navica

Bernard spoke at a recent Leadership Forum on Opportunities in Open Source, where we first met him. He read my blog article about the forum, and invited us to meet with him, to continue the discussion over coffee at the Uptown Cafe in San Carlos, CA. Bernard is the creator of the Open Source Maturity Model, which is used to determine the desirability and risk associated with using a specific open source product. Our discussion was an extension of the Leadership Forum, and lasted over two-and-an-half hours. We probably could have turned a tape of our discussion into five wiki(Podcasting,podcasts). &#59;) What follows is a very brief summary of what we discussed.

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SyndIsphere or SyndOsphere

04/28/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

The folk over at BetterBadNews say

Yes but if you and 999 other bloggers spell "syndosphere" with an"o"as in blogosphere you become a member of the syndorati 1000 and the betterbadnews panel will share the future value of the domain name with you when it's sold.end quotation

Hmm, well, yes, that would be nice. Let's see, syndisphere, with the original "i" is up to 809 references on Google; syndosphere is only BetterBadNews. 'Tis good to be unique.

Maybe it should be Cindy's spheres?



04/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

Generally, I have mixed feelings about professional certifications. With some, especially certain vocational certifications, I've developed a cynicism over the years that certification has replaced ability and experience.

Others, such as professional certifications requiring a combination of education and experience, with ongoing CEEU gathering, can be worthwhile, whether they are professional engineering using state or government criteria or something similar from the IEEE or ASQC.

The PMP from PMI elicits feelings between the two for me. I've never seen much value in it. Some potential customers and employers like it, prefer it, or even require it. We don't require certification of our PMs, but prefer good experience and a solid foundation in a variety of project and resource management techniques, as well as a willingness to learn our 6D™ Methodology. Jack, at his Project Blog, is obviously against it, from his post on Saturday. I would agree that the PMI comes off more as a marketing machine than a professional society. My partner, Clarise, disagrees.

Way back in 1979, I was hired at Thiokol Corp as a QA Chemist and Reliability Engineer. They had funding for the former, but needed the latter, as they were getting pressured by NASA to do more advanced reliability & risk assessment studies of their STAR solid propellant rocket engines, before they would be allowed in the STS Shuttle bay to be used as apogee and perigee kick motors for various satellites. My educational background in Chemistry and Mathematics [also Philosophy, but it didn't count as much] made me a good choice to John Callahan, the Director of QA. [John was a great boss.] The last time Thiokol had a reliability or system safety program was during Apollo. Over the next few months, Thiokol grew quickly, I become a certified reliability engineer, acted as a Program Program Manager on various NASA, commercial and military projects, and was promoted to Manager of System Engineering [Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & System Safety] before 1980 dawned. I doubt that the certification had much to do with my promotion, but I did maintain it over my 13 years in that field.


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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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