Friday, January 23, 2009

Cranky Geek - John Dvorak - takes huge swipe at spreadsheets, BI and accountants.

Lots of other things I want to and should post at the moment, but I couldn't let this slip. An article by John Dvorak that is kicking up quite a storm. Love John Dvorak. Always worth reading and listening. He's often wrong (and very wrong), but always there is something to what he says. Anyway, he is an article about the 30th anniversary of the spreadsheet.

He's nuts of course (in a good way, and that's what I like about him), but he makes a point. We have all this wonderful what-if analysis, information at our figure-tips, enterprise Bi all over the place - so how come we aren't making better decisions? Of course, the spreadsheet isn't to blame but its a fun read.

The 30th Anniversary of the (No Good) Spreadsheet App


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Scoble on BI Panorama/Google style

Thought it was worth drawing your attention to a recent video post by Robert Scoble.

The story of 2009? Enterprise disruption?

It's not particularly critical - really just a PR puff piece - it covers the tool's Panorama have been creating in partnership with Google. Panorama are a company to watch, Novaview - their core offering - is excellent, and they are the company that sold Microsoft the technology that became Analysis Services.

However, I'm underwhelmed by the tools they have created with Google so far, but its a start I guess, into a potentially interesting shift of BI services in the 'cloud'.

Have a watch, I'd be interested in your thoughts. I'll post a little later on why I think this in general is a big deal, but this particular tool isn't.