The cost of precision in BI


What percentage of decisions need precise data right upfront ? My guess is less than 10% or even lower . A big decision for an average person is purchasing a home . Having gone through that exercise in two countries – and knowing many people who have done this before and after me , I…

Talent cannot be managed


Most people can and should be managed in an organization – but not talent . And talent is not a word that should be used in a light hearted and generalist way . That is how it loses relevance . Interestingly, I did not learn this originally from corporate world or business school – I…

Big data – You can start small, but start today !


I am back at Houston Airport after an excellent customer event where I did a key note on big data . One of the side conversations that happened today was on where to start big data programs . Jon Reed had nudged me couple of days ago on the same topic . So here are…

Holding a tiger’s tail


Where I grew up , our elders used to advise us that we should never hold a tiger’s tail . The story is that if you do catch hold of a tiger’s tail – you will have to round and round with the tiger pretty much for ever . People will cheer for you as…

Big Data Deployment – Planning is everything


When data becomes big – and it gives pretty cool insights of high value , the big hurdle facing customers will be their own deployment challenges. Where should this magic solution live ? And how exactly will we find out ? Several factors play into this – and I am just mentioning a few that…

Defining Big Data, by listening to customers


Ever since I started working on SAP’s big data initiative , I have been having a hard time defining what exactly is big data . So, my gang and I had many a discussion and figured out that the best way to figure this out is to talk to customers . I called this a…

Helping Employees Avoid Mid-Career Crisis


First things first – individuals own their career , not companies or bosses or coaches or anyone else . Others can help , but only you can execute . I had this conversation about mid career crisis situations quite a few times recently in some variant with my mentors , and with people that I…

Operatics – Thorsten Franz’s Next Adventure


First off – read this post, please http://scn.sap.com/community/hana-in-memory/blog/2013/07/31/betting-my-livelihood-on-the-oltp-olap-convergence-meet-operatics-thorsten-s-hana-startup I cannot be happier for my dear friend, Thorsten Franz. If you don’t know Thorsten – reach out to him on twitter ( @thorstenster) or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/operatics . Trust me it will be worth your time to know him – and you can thank me later 🙂 Thorsten is…