e-mailholic -- Survey Says ....

05/29/05 | by Clarise | Categories: General Thoughts

The Infoworld article Survey: US residents addicted to e-mail describes the email dependency of most Americans. I guess I can be considered an "emailholic". I am one of those who checks emails when I get up in the morning, while waiting for the coffee to brew. But, I am not an extreme case who checks "messages in the bathroom, in church and while driving".

No email for a week? Maybe I'll have a withdrawal symptom. My family is dispersed all over the world. So, I think I will feel cut off from my family especially my nieces and nephews if I don't have email for a week. I hardly spend on international long distance calls anymore because of emails and web chats.

Email has changed the way we communicate. Yes, too much of everything is never good.... But, I think as long as I am not anxious about the emails I send, I can be one of the email junkies ... &#59;D

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ABC Analysis

05/28/05 | by Clarise | Categories: Project Management

Since human relationships influence the outcome of a project, it is natural for projects to have breaks in communication, petty personal conflicts or misunderstandings. Analyzing human behaviors that affect the outcome of projects is critical to resolving human resources performance concerns.

Antecedent-Behavior-Consequences (ABC) Analysis is a helpful tool in identifying, analyzing and influencing desirable and undesirable tasks, activities, behaviors of individuals and groups. It involves gathering information to clearly pinpoint or describe a behavior; analyzing and understanding why the behavior occurs; and determining what actions will influence the behavior.

Using ABC Analysis helps understand why people act the way the do, and determine actions to take that will encourage desirable performance and eliminate or reduce undesirable performance. By using this simple method, project managers can analyze the performance of people issues that may affect the project outcome.

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Oracle Accounts for 80.5 Percent of New License Sales in Linux

05/24/05 | by Clarise | Categories: Databases, Open Source

I had assumed that with the rise of Open Source RDBMS that Open Source RDBMS had a larger share in the Linux platform. I am wrong. :oops: According to the article, IBM, Oracle Tie For No. 1 In Database Market, "Oracle accounted for 80.5 percent of new license sales on the Linux platform". Oracle has been running in Linux for years now. I used to support Oracle on Linux during my days in Oracle Support and that was in my other life. &#59;D So, it is not that surprising to me that Oracle would dominate the Linux market. I just assumed that enterprises who use Linux are more open to Open Source Software and would use Open Source RDBMS like MySQL and Postgres.

The other interesting thing I found from the article:
"RDBMS revenues on the Unix platform declined by 0.7 percent, as Linux-based RDBMS sales increased by more than 118 percent. Revenues from new licenses on the open-source operating system, however, remained relatively small at $654.8 million."
The study classified Linux separate from Unix even if Linux is a flavor of Unix.


Some Useful Resources on the MODEL Clause in Oracle 10g

05/19/05 | by Clarise | Categories: Databases

For those doing data warehousing in Oracle, the MODEL Clause proves to be a powerful extension to SQL in Oracle 10g. The MODEL clause enables one to create a multidimensional array by mapping the columns of a query into three groups: partitioning, dimension, and measure columns.

Here are some good and useful resources on how to use the MODEL Clause:

And of course, there's the most useful one for me &#59;D ...
Oracle® Documentation

Related References:
Oracle Database 10g: The Complete Reference
Oracle Database 10g PL/SQL Programming


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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