New Technology Concepts – Using a Graph Database for a Data Warehouse

It’s often the case that I find myself spending a good deal of time helping clients with projects to measure and  analyze their businesses that I end up neglecting some activities where the benefit is not immediately measurable. Attending industry seminars is one of those activities so I’m glad that I forced myself to take the time to attend TDWI’s Minneapolis meeting in December.

Dan Bennett of Thomson Reuters presenting at TDWI

One of the presentations covered a new concept that may not be familiar to many people – even many people who work extensively on reporting and analytics projects: Graph Databases.  Dan Bennett, VP of Enterprise Data Services and Thomson Reuters, covered TR’s use of Graph Databases to efficiently store data in a way that makes it easily used by a number of applications in their organization including reporting/analytics and for providing metadata in Reuters articles. Read More

The Basics – Getting Started With a Website

People who’ve worked with me know that I am a big enthusiast of all things digital – marketing, messaging, mobile. I’m especially enthusiastic when it comes to starting and running a new business.

Now is just a fantastic time in history to be in business for yourself. The barriers to entry are low, the tools that everyone has available at very low cost are amazing, and the ability to market yourself to the entire world has never been easier. Read More

LinkedIn is a Cocktail Party, Not a Rolodex

You’re invited to a cocktail party but when you arrive, you’re shown into an empty room and asked to sit there by yourself.  Almost immediately after arriving, you ask your hostess who else is there.

“Who are you looking for?”, she replies.

“I don’t know. Who else did you invite?” Read More

Keeping It Real. How to get the most out of SEO

It seems as though no sooner have I completed a website redesign for a client that their thoughts turn to search rankings.  They may ask the question is a variety of ways and with varying degrees of sophistication but the one thing they all want to know is “How do I get listed on the first page of Google results?”. The flippant answer is you need a staff of 10 and a million dollar budget. Read More