Barry Devlin’s new book: Business unintelligence

This important book (TBP October 2013) succeeds in finding the common ground between rationality and intuition, intelligence and insight, stability and innovation, business and IT. From rightful criticism of today’s data-centric BI, you are taken into broader contexts such as working with information rather than data and coping with both big data and the insides of people’s heads. The target is the “biz-tech ecosystem”, not just EDW/BI. We, the information-driven, move up to the enterprise level. Yes! Full of good recaps of history and technology the end-result is a direction-setting, holistic architecture on two levels – indeed an impressive tour de force!
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New research questions Symbols and Reasoning

Very much of the work being done today is still on the levels of Symbols and Logic. Take the Semantic Web and Ontologies, for instance. However, there is new research coming out, which questions this. The new direction is more heuristic than logical / analytical. Read More...

The End of the Line for Data Modelling?

Although Data Modelling as we know it has proven useful in many cases (the easy ones), there are certainly limits to the approach. Unfortunately, not being aware of the limits has led to many a disaster - such failed projects, heavy budget overruns, deadlines missed by a year or two, and - in most cases - much too complex logic. Read More...

Modelling Schisma #1 - Less is more!

There is a mismatch between the needs of a good business information model and the traditions employed by it data modellers. This is a great divide. Read More...