Category: Videos

What is a Data Moat?

In 1999 Warren Buffett coined a phrase during an interview that became an “aha moment” for investors.  He said, “The products or services that have wide, sustainable moats around them are the ones that deliver rewards to investors.” In other words having a product or service which is hard for new entrants to replicate is…
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Amazon BI Tech Talk

Jared Hillam presented to over 1000 people during an Amazon BI Tech Talk. Click here to see the recording of the presentation:
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What makes data “yours”

I’m going to rewind the clock to the 7th century During the Tang Dynasty in China. Commerce at that time was done by exchanging coins which had holes in the middle of them. By stringing them together and simply measuring the stack of coins you could make big trades. But obviously this made trade a…
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What is Low Code

For the last 20 years or so, organizations have bought complex applications to solve big business problems. These applications have driven everything from Sales all the way to Accounting. However, organizations are often forced to fit into the vendors box of described processes to adopt these applications. The alternative is an expensive customization effort. So…
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Cloud Data Streaming

The other day I was cleaning out some old CDs and equipment. I found a CD titled Napster. This brought back many memories of the early 2000s. I remember back then that when you had Napster running it would make everything else on the internet super slow. I even remember networks banning its use because…
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Data Lake VS Data Warehouse

I was recently listening to a clinical psychologist talk about the different kinds of people that run organizations. He described two traits, open-mindedness, and orderliness. People that run startups tend to be high in open-mindedness, but people that run  established organizations tend to be high in orderliness. As I was putting together my next video,…
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Data as Plastic…?

For almost 2 decades I’ve struggled to draw an analogy to the data management space. However, data is its own animal, it has unique quirks like the ability to be copied perfectly. And you can move data at speeds that draw no parallel to things we can observe in the physical world. So there really…
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Data Architecture Lessons from the 1700’s?

In the late-1700s there was an innovation which would change the world forever. This innovation came from the French Engineer & Lieutenant General Jean-Baptiste Gribeauval. He was charged with reforming the french military’s artillery. What he came up with was a standardized set of cannons and cannonballs. See up until that point cannons were not…
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Why “born in the cloud” matters

If you've worked in or around the enterprise software industry for any significant period of time, then you've seen a lot of technical evolution over the years. What most people don't see is how those technical evolutions play out behind the scenes with software vendors. It usually begins with some kind of start up (which…
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Growing Pains in Data

When you go home tonight, take a brief look at your house, and ask yourself. “How many stories or rooms could I add to this house on top of its current structure?” Could you add 5? How about 10? Would you casually add 20? Like this thought experiment, your organization has likely added many floors…
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