The term Big Data describes a massive volume of both structured and unstructured data that can be collected within an organization that is so large that it is difficult to process process using common database management tools or traditional data processing applications. When dealing with extremely large datasets, organizations face difficulties in being able to create, manipulate, manage, transfer, and query the data. In addition, big data is difficult to work with using most relational database management systems, business intelligence and analytics applications, and desktop statistics and visualization packages. These types of applications and systems can typically handle large datasets but not the massively large datasets included in big data. Instead big data could require massively parallel software running on tens, hundreds, or even thousands of concurrent servers.Read more
Data Warehouses are centralized data repositories that integrate data from various transactional, legacy, or external systems, applications, and sources. The data warehouse provides an environment separate from the operational systems and is completely designed for decision-support, analytical-reporting, ad-hoc queries, and data mining. This isolation and optimization enables queries to be performed without any impact on the systems that support the business’ primary transactions (i.e transactional and operational systems).Read more
Although they’re not pure-play business intelligence vendors, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., and SAP Business Objects own two-thirds of the $6 billion business intelligence (BI) market because they have optimized their BI platforms to work well with their respective enterprise and information management applications, according to Gartner Inc. This integrated approach, as well as the fact that many enterprises already have these vendors’ ERP and information management applications in place, is swaying customers to standardize on one of their BI platforms. (source: searchcio.com)Read more
Business Intelligence Centers of Excellence (BI COE) enable the design, development, and implementation of strategic, enterprise, department, and tactical Business Intelligence solutions from one centrally managed team within a corporation or organization. In practice, the BI COE allows for a single or set of business intelligence products to become an enterprise standard, and the BI COE group becomes the primary team for conducting implementations, management, and support of BI solutions across an organization.Read more
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I worked with Adam at Amtrak to develop executive-level, critical dashboard applications, migrate and enhance legacy reports to Business Objects, and develop/roll out multiple BI applications to various Amtrak user communities. Additionally, I witnessed Adam establish and mature Amtrak’s Business Intelligence Center of Excellence. On all of these efforts, Adam was great to work with. Under his leadership, all of these efforts at Amtrak were successful and well received by user communities. Adam knows the EDW/BI space very well. His leadership and management style is a great asset to any EDW/BI effort.Jim Hadley. President and Founder, Tiber Solutions, LLC
I had the opportunity to watch Adam up close after he started at Amtrak and had to tackle the duties of his job. I’m not easy to impress, but I was. What first struck me was Adam’s sincere love of railroads and the business of rail transportation. This was not affected – he brimmed with knowledge with which years of his fascination with the industry and its history had supplied him.
In the year that has passed, I’ve also watched the BI team, both development and support, coalesce around him and increasingly look to him for overall direction – both technical and tactical. He has been charged with the responsibility of maturing the BI Center of Excellence (BI COE) and he has employed his communication, writing, and presentation skills effectively to this end. His technical knowledge, in particular, was gained hands-on and is very much evident: I have observed his interactions with both team members and people external to the group it’s clear that they respect his technical abilities and background. His knowledge, skills, and abilities are a strong foundation for the further maturation and growth of BI and DW at Amtrak.
Over the last 2+ years working with Adam, I am regularly amazed at his energy and drive. Adam’s enthusiasm for his work and BI is motivating and inspirational to all those around him. No matter if I have an internal business, BI or systems related question, Adam is often the first person I turn to. I know his answers will be well thought out and thorough. If he doesn’t know the answer to a question he will point you to who does or work with you to find the answer.