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August 3, 2007

Sharpening Stones

You'll notice the reference to REM's lyrics to Exhuming McCarthy in the name of this new BEYEBlog. I have to give full credit to my wife for choosing that inspiring idea as the title for my blog. I think it's incredibly fitting to describe how Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing fit into the world today.

Consider the first phrase "Sharpening Stones." The image I get in my head is of Neanderthals in the stone age chipping flat rocks into point spears that they use to hunt mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. It took tens of thousands of years to get from there to metal spear tips. Lucky for us, technology moves a lot faster. We've gone from the mere idea that a computing machine could be built in the 1800s to incredible small and powerful electronic devices in only 200 years. Still, I think that the information age we're in today is closer to the stone age than the bronze age. The computers that we build are giving us the ability to create and gather information in a way that we couldn't have ever imagined before.... but we're still barely figuring out what to do with all of that information that technology allows us to collect.

We're still just sharpening stones. We take a "collect everything that'll fit on the biggest hard drive approach" to information hoping we find something valuable. We don't have the precision and power of metalworks.

Posted by Paul Boal at August 3, 2007 7:30 PM


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