January saw Obama’s inauguration, and a reflection on Bush’s analytic legacy, a discussion on whether “gut feelings” have any basis in science, a dashboard showing the best companies to work for in the US, and a quick demonstration that Malcom Gladwell was right.
February’s posts discussed the power of having the right data, and that dashboards have been around for a long, long time, but if they have poor data it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, and that it would be a crime not to include analytics in applications — but also that we’re all really bad at making decisions.
March’s posts were about BI in Bahrain, Brussels, and on the Bosphorus, making tough decisions, BI incompetency centers, scandalous bankers making more money having a shower than the rest of us make in a year, the wonderful Innovation Center and Social Network Analyzer, and more problems with bad data.
May included a trip to Australia with presentations on why BI projects fail and what to do about it, BI competency centers, and transforming BI; the launch of Wolfram Alpha and the inevitable problem of semantics, the launch of BusinessObjects Explorer and a not-for-profit analytics example.
June saw posts on everything you ever wanted to know about Explorer, BI market shares, Gartner and collaborative decision-making, dispenser analytics, the end of LucidEra, and the start of Recovery Act analytics.
October’s posts included how to incorporate live twitter into PowerPoint using Xcelsius, the problems of manual analysis and justice, and highlights of SAP TechEd in Vienna.
Thank you for reading, and I look forward to 2010!