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 …

PostgresConf 2018 Musings

Yours truly attended the Postgres Conf in Jersey City last week with my esteemed colleague Richard Jackson. It was quite a blast, to say the least…apart from not getting home until late Saturday afternoon. Ho hum. PostgresConf 2018, Jersey City, USA PostgreSQL Re-Cap PostgreSQL, or Postgres for short, is an open source …

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 …