Computers Explained: Big Data Implications

This week’s episode continues last week’s meeting analogy, discussing the impact of big data on how a computer works, and the need for access to the data can significantly impact how much of the “big data” is actually usable. Financial processes almost always begin with a balance. When one checks a financial account, the first thing of interest is “What’s the balance?” Yet balances are … Continue reading Computers Explained: Big Data Implications

Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy

In business computing, it’s simple to break types of work done into two broad categories: (1) Transaction Capture and (2) Reporting Processes. The amount of code supporting transaction capture processes is likely much more extensive than reporting processes. But my work focuses much more on reporting and analytical processes. A Metric Engine is the idea for something much closer to the simplicity of a search … Continue reading Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy

Do the Math: Estimating Reporting Processes

Applied math allows us to predict the future in many ways. I’ve had many mentors that have asked me over the years as they reviewed my approach to problems: “Have you done the math?” Daniel Kahneman in his book, “Thinking Fast and Slow” explains that doing math requires greater effort of our brains. So doing math is not easy, but it protects us from many … Continue reading Do the Math: Estimating Reporting Processes

Have Courage

On Saturday a good friend and work colleague passed away after a tremendous fight with cancer, Jeff Wolfers.  When I think of Jeff, the words “have courage” come to mind.  Jeff did not fear; he was not afraid of a fight, or afraid of failure.  His analysis of a situation focused on strengths and opportunities. He trusted me and empowered me with a key role in turning around … Continue reading Have Courage