Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What is a Data Warehouse and How Can Organizations Benefit From One?

Data warehousing is not a new concept in the world of technology. It has, however, recently gained a large amount of support in recent years.  Organizations are starting to realize that by conducting data mining exercises on their databases and warehouses they can gain significant insights into their business.  

The concept of a data warehouse is to create a central location and permanent storage space for the various data sources needed to support a company's analysis and reporting functions.  (Spotfire Blogging Team, 2011)  Data warehouses allow an organization to save time, enhance the quality of data, provide historical data with ease, and gain intelligence regarding their business, also known as Business Intelligence.

What is an Information System

To understand Information Systems we must first know what constitutes an Information System.  According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, an Information System is a set of components for collecting, storing, and processing data which is then converted into information. (Encyclopedia Britannica n.d.)  To build upon their definition, I will add that an information system is composed of computer hardware, software, telecommunications technology, databases, and even people.

            All of the components previously listed work together to collect data and then process it in a variety of ways resulting in information that can be utilized by an organization.  Assume we work for a fictitious company called ABC Widgets which makes and sells widgets.  These widgets have a variety of uses and come in a range of shapes and sizes.  An example of the data we may collect regarding our widgets includes the number of sales, bulk orders, and even the number of companies who reordered our widgets after an initial order. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Microsoft, You Can Do Better Than EA!

Normally I do not share complaints like this.  Especially when it comes to a Microsoft product, however this experience I think warrants some exposure.  

So the last day or two has been nothing but frustration from Microsoft. Like so many I did the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Seemed to work fine, however over time small things starting becoming annoying. The start button would not work, the notification bar would not come out, I could not click or right click on any pinned item to my task bar.