OK. So this is really a little bragging about my son Justin. But I hope to make a broader point as well. In the last few days Justin has become a bit of an internet star. His name is all over the Web having invented a popular game for the X-Box. Somehow -- and I haven’t tried it yet, having no X-box -– you put the controller on your neck which gives you a massage and through adjustments (see console below), you can adjust the strength. It’s unclear to me how he is fitting this development amidst his study load at Vanderbilt – but I take solace in the fact that he is at least applying his EE education.
If everyone in the world had access to an Xbox, masseurs and masseuses worldwide would be out of job and out of pocket-- all because of a community game released on Xbox Live called "Rumble Massage." The game enables users to use the rumble functions of the Xbox 360 controller as a massage tool, while utilizing the console as an interface with which to change the settings.
Welcome to the life of a data warehousing (DW) industry analyst. I’m often asked by Information and Knowledge Management (I&KM) professionals to address the perennial issues of which commercial DW solution is fastest or most scalable. Vendors ask me too, of course, in the process of their attempting to suss out rivals’ limitations and identify their own competitive advantages.
You've probably seen them by now--the guys standing by the roadside waving big signs that exclaim "Going Out Of Business!" and promise savings of 50-70% on electronics and appliances. That's right, Circuit City is now the latest victim of the recession of 2008-2009.
Or is it?
Do you remember back in March 2007 when Circuit City committed one of the biggest public relations blunders ever done by a major corporation? At that time, the company was feeling some financial and competitive stress, so it decided to layoff 3,400 of its highest paid sales staff and replace them with lower paid workers. Rather cynically, the company said that experienced workers could reapply for their jobs if they were interested in working at the lower salary.
Throughout the Fall of 2008 I had the opportunity to speak with a large number of professionals that work for or directly support executives responsible for compliance and risk management endeavors - such as Chief Risk Officers. I learned a few things that may impact your 2009 and 2010 plans for information management technologies such as business intelligence, business process management suites, and enterprise content management.