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A blog discussing a variety of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, database technology and data virtualization, written by Rick van der Lans.


The Time Is Ripe for Self-Service Data Preparation

December 19, 2014 - Implementing rules for detecting and cleansing incorrect data is almost always done by BI specialists and not by business users themselves. Is that going to change with the introduction of self-service data preparation tools? Most tools for data profiling and data cleansing are designed for BI specialists. They can be quite technical in spite of...... READ MORE


  • The Time Is Ripe for Self-Service Data Preparation

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    Implementing rules for detecting and cleansing incorrect data is almost always done by BI specialists and not by business users themselves. Is that going to change with the introduction of self-service data preparation tools?

    Most tools for data profiling and data cleansing are designed for BI sp…READ MORE

    Rick van der Lans65 pointsBadges:
  • You Can Live Without a Resume!

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    Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine that any reference to any credential, work history or licensing body you or I might have was housed on a central server. Now imagine that server suffered an irreparable meltdown. Boom! In one instance, all the proof of our schooling, our work history, any ce…READ MORE

    Michael Larsen1,145 pointsBadges:
  • Farewell TechEd

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    Last month I had the privilege of speaking at what is supposed to be the last Microsoft TechEd conference at TechEd Europe 2014. I’ve been lucky enough to speak at both the North American and European Microsoft TechEd events for a few years now, having spoken at the 4 most recent TechEd North Ameri…READ MORE

    Denny Cherry66,335 pointsBadges:
  • Agile development spreading in European travel agency

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    TUI Travel, based in the UK, is a broker for European vacations. I had a chance earlier in the year to speak with one of TUI Travel’s development team leads. A story on the intersection of data and database management, change management and continuous delivery is coming out soon on SearchSoftwareQua…READ MORE

    James Denman1,170 pointsBadges:
  • Tis the Season, Part 3: 128GB SDXC Card Stocking Stuffer

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    This is the third in a series of pre-holiday posts this week to highlight some small but potent high-tech devices, suitable for IT pros and enthusiasts alike, be they for yourself or somebody else on your Christmas list who fits that designation. Today’s item of interest goes a bit bigger than the p…READ MORE

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  • Selecting AD properties

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    Saw a question on the forums about selecting name properties using the Microsoft AD cmdlets.  By default Get-AdUser returns a limited subset of properties:

    £> Get-ADUser -identity richard
    DistinguishedName : CN=Richard,CN=Users,DC=Manticore,DC=org
    Enabled           : True
    GivenN…READ MORE

    Richard Siddaway4,345 pointsBadges:
  • PartnerPath maps out key partner channel trends

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    A recent one-hour PartnerPath webinar, titled “3 Vital Channel Trends Affecting You in 2015,” pinned down trends in three key areas: cloud, enablement and partner types. The webinar was aimed at a vendor channel audience.
    Five years into cloud computing and there’s no let-up in momentum, agreed D…READ MORE

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  • This ransomware is also a true virus

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    A new ransomware threat, which is detected and blocked by Sophos as W32/VirRnsm-A is actually a true virus, unlike most such malware. According to Sophos Labs:
    The intriguing part of VirRansom is that as well as infecting your EXE (program) files, this new virus “infects” data files, too, such as Z…READ MORE

    Ken Harthun1,715 pointsBadges:
  • Long weekend in the data center


    The IT team never really gets a break — it’s the first week of July and everyone else is taking a long weekend, but you’re on call, minding the beeps and flashes of some uncaring, disinterested servers. While the storage array quietly dedupes its backups, take a little downtime with data center com…READ MORE

    Meredith Courtemanche1,235 pointsBadges:
  • Popular cloud application tweets in 2014

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    Based on a list of the most popular tweets by SearchCloudApplications.com this year, twitter users were interested in a variety of cloud application topics, from integration to mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) to automation. Here are five of the most clicked on tweets and the articles they refer…READ MORE

    Moriah Sargent155 pointsBadges:
  • Two paths at crossroads, which one did you take?

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    They were deemed a reference customer for the industry and one of the favorites of the big name vendor and solution provider. Over a long period of the relationship they had acquired almost every solution from the same vendor for any business problem. At times the price was quite attractive to turn …READ MORE

    Arun Gupta25 pointsBadges:
  • The other side of the cognitive computing coin

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    The International Institute for Analytics (IIA), a research firm based in Portland, Ore., recently discussed ten predictions for 2015. Some were conventional — Prediction #7: Hadoop will go mainstream. Some were thought-provoking — Prediction #2: Storytelling will be the hot new skill in analytics…READ MORE

    Nicole Laskowski2,370 pointsBadges:
  • Communication key to CIO success; security and the Sony hack

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    CIOs are expected to speak the language of both IT and business fluently, but does that make them expert communicators? According to CIOs from Johnson & Johnson, Starwood Hotels, Southern Company and Walmart, being a good speaker may be the most important factor in an IT leader’s success.


    Brian Holak255 pointsBadges:
  • TechTarget's weekly roundup (12/8 - 12/15)

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    2015 image via Shutterstock
    What should we expect from the IT world in 2015? Find out in this week’s roundup.

    1. Enterprise mobile experts offer 2015 IT forecast – Jake O’Donnell (SearchConsumerization)

    This year saw shifts in enterprise mobility, with management moving from devices to apps…READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh34,010 pointsBadges:
  • How Not to Get Ripped Off on Electronics Buys at Christmas

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    Actually, these “how not to get ripped off” tips are valid any time of the year, not just at Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus or whatever winter solstice holiday you hold dear. The impetus for this post comes from colleague Preston Gralla, but at the end I’ve included an instance in which *I* got rippe…READ MORE

    Robin "Roblimo" Miller765 pointsBadges:
  • Tintri embraces Hyper-V, prepares for the multi-hypervisor age

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    Tintri, which has earned a good reputation for providing storage for VMware virtual machines, this week made its Microsoft Hyper-V support generally available on its VMstore systems. That paves the way for multiple-hypervisor users on VMstore.

    Tintri also supports Red Hat Enterprise Virtualizatio…READ MORE

    Dave Raffo4,825 pointsBadges:
  • North Korea applauds Sony breach but denies responsibility

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    Sony is the latest big-name company to have its computer network hacked. Corporate information and entire films were leaked online in what some suspect is retaliation by the North Korean government. In other governance, risk and compliance (GRC) news, a growing number of U.S. law schools are offerin…READ MORE

    Fran Sales1,205 pointsBadges:
  • Microsoft pulls buggy Exchange 2010 update

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    Microsoft has pulled one of the Exchange updates released this week after customers reported connectivity issues.

    Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8, which was one of four Exchange updates released on Tuesday, was pulled because of connectivity issues to Outlook, the company said in a blog …READ MORE

    Toni Boger850 pointsBadges:
  • Xerox gets it: The power of good content marketing


    I’ve been writing a fair amount about content marketing and related concepts, like native advertising, lately. Content marketing is the publication of material designed to promote a brand, usually through a more oblique and subtle approach than that of traditional push advertising. The esse…READ MORE

    Ivy Wigmore270 pointsBadges:
  • CDC for cybersecurity? One group thinks it might be time

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    Do enterprises and other organizations need a CDC-like entity to help them in their fight against cyber attacks?

    The Society for Information Management (SIM) thinks they might. Madeline Weiss, director of SIM’s Advanced Practices Council (APC), said the group is evaluating whether it’s time t…READ MORE

    Chuck Moozakis405 pointsBadges:

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