Yesterday, I attended the PCamp 2010, an annual event for Product Managers to share Prod Mgmt best practices from, mostly software, product companies of various sizes. Attended several good sessions on PM practices, met interesting people, product use cases, and learnt about how PMs operate and make decisions in the agile (as opposed to waterfall) development world.
I was wearing my BI dashboard designer hat last week and helping an ISV partner design compelling BI dashboards around their transactional app for their end customer. As I researched the topic last week, I was amazed at the amount of material that is available for those getting started, by viewing the results of an amazon / google search! Thought I'd capture some discoveries on this topic in a brief blog post, for future reference.
Just came across this google book search feature to embed books into html pages. Nothing revolutionary but an elegant way to post online reference to documents on, say, discussion forums than simply posting urls. Posting reference to Julius Caesar, one of my favorite plays.
Conceptually, congestion pricing for traffic management is related to smart grid technologies from the perspective of influencing demand for a valuable resource, in certain ways. They both help smoothen out the peaks in demand through providing incentives to drivers / consumers, make demand for the resource (road / electricity) more predictable, and help match supply with demand by using less infrastructure / investment.
Over the past few months, I have been working with ISVs in the public sector space, helping them grow their business by using my company's technology and partner support infrastructure. Two focus areas for me over the coming months will be ISVs in the areas of transportation and public safety. In the transportation ISV segment, I found the idea of congestion pricing interesting. The following youtube video illustrates the idea.
With my 401K in the doldrums, and with hope of being a more diligent investor in 2009, I looked for personal finance mgmt tools that would help me build a more diversified portfolio. I found some interesting sites. Also, in this post are some thoughts from Analytics / Security perspective.
Last week, I hung out with two smart disney / hanna-barbera alums, who worked on the cartoon "Jetsons", Aladdin, etc... Jetsons prompted me to post an entry on a pet-topic-- Robotics, an area I used to work in, in a previous lifetime.
Came to know about Microsoft IP Licensing. For Microsoft, this is a good way to invest in promising startups, to seed their tech stack into startup offerings, and a good marketing platform. See the following article about Zignals on Venture Beat.
hmmm... wonder if other bay area firms, such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, HP, have similar programs.
I was checking out Pentaho's offerings when I came across the following market insights page. One of the docs, on this website, contained a section on Myths and Misperceptions of Professional Open Source Business Intelligence, the following resonates with what I have been hearing from the field.
I attended this webcast, organized by secure computing mag, titled next year's security problems. Presenters were Dr. Traynor from GA Tech, Derek Brink from Aberdeen Group, and Nagraj Seshadri Director of Prod Mktg from Utimaco. Some highlights from this webcast:
As we know, companies in the financial services industry have been hit by the mortgage/credit crisis over the last few months. The financial sector accounts for about 20% of all IT spending and I was wondering how IT spend, especially in the security space, would change in the light of the current crisis. Here's a url to a quick read on this topic in Networking World magazine. Summary of the article is that spending on security will be spared from budget cuts.
Just as a bank safe cannot be made 100% secure, it is a well understood fact in the security industry that there is no such thing as a 100% secure software. I found another way to look at this as I listened to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, talking about his Black Swan theory, on the radio, a few days back. A black swan is a large-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare event beyond the realm of normal expectations.
Dear readers, it feels good to post something on the blog after two hectic months!! I appreciate your email inquiries and I am deeply honored. Here's what I have been upto in the past couple of months:
First, I had been wrapping up some of my work on algorithm development and system design in DataWarehousing. It feels good to know that the work that I put in resulted in significant breakthroughs, which I will share these with you in upcoming posts.
Last weekend, I bought a used car. When I started the process, I was looking for a "decent commute car" that I could purchase from a "private party" and save about $2K in the process by not purchasing it from dealerships. In this post, I will write about my experience with auto websites and how the companies that own the auto websites are beginning to collaborate to provide greater value to car buyers and sellers.
Datawarehouse architects are finding new ways to provide greater value to end users by creating new design techniques that take advantage of the developments in the hardware, middleware, and database technologies. Using a relatively new BI design technique, which uses SOA, architects can design Datawarehouses and BI Apps, which are "loosely-coupled" with the database in which the warehouse / bi metadata is stored.
. In this post, I provide a simplistic explanation on why and how business data that is stored in "ERP" systems is transformed by an "ETL process" and stored in a "Datawarehouse". This post acts as a diving-board from where I can splash into topics in BI that are currently hot in the BI market. . Managing by Hunch vs. Managing by Fact .
. Today, I came to know of a certification for Business Intelligence professionals. At this time, I am not sure how well recognized and valuable this certification is. I am hopeful that this will be a good starting point for to those who are starting their careers in BI. I will write more on this topic as I learn more, in future posts. http://www.tdwi.org/index.aspx .