VLDB – We’ve Moved! Returning To Our Founder’s Roots

Myself and the rest of the Liverpool-based members of VLDB recently moved offices. This move represents a 30-year journey back to where I started. Allow me to explain… ‘Back in the day’ there were two main employers in Old Hall St, the centre of Liverpool’s CBD: Royal Insurance (‘The Royal’) …

Analytical Maturity Models – Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

According to a recent Gartner study (Dec ’18), “87% of organisations have low BI and analytics maturity” (Source- ‘Low Bi and Analytical Maturity’) On first impressions, this sounds like ‘shots fired’ by Gartner. So, what can they mean by ‘low BI and analytics maturity’, and can this possibly be true? …

Mini-disks, Sabre-toothed Chickens and Pizza Grease – a Deadly Serious Discussion of Technology and Prediction.

  “All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air…” -Karl Marx (1967. source1) When Marx wrote this, he was talking about the sweeping …

Google Cloud Platform Review: Head In The Clouds

Google Cloud Platform Review: Head In The Clouds   Over the last decade, cloud computing services have sky rocketed as people push them to their limits and beyond to find more, advantageous uses for them. Providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and VMware are constantly refining their …

Data Warehouse Application Migration

Data Warehouse Application Migration The last 12 months or so has seen a lot of ‘Big Data’ POCs being initiated in our world. The most frequent objective from both the customer side and the Hadoop vendors that we talk to seems to be ‘data warehouse application migration’ or ‘offloading’. So …

Amazon Redshift Initial Thoughts

Amazon Redshift As reported on El Reg and elsewhere, Amazon announced the general availability of ‘Redshift’ a few days ago: http://aws.amazon.com/redshift/ What is Amazon Redshift then? Redshift is a licensed version of the ParAccel Analytic Database (PADB) that Amazon has deployed on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud infrastructure. The …