• Jul 3, 2012

    Real World Vertica Performance at Full360 via Chef

    As a boutique, BI solutions integrator, Full360 sometimes receives requests from medium sized, prospective clients to do a proof of concept of our elasticBI platform, a stack consisting of Jaspersoft BI reporting combined with the Vertica columnar database.  Typically in these cases, the prospect is comparing several BI solutions, looking for the one that will best fit their needs.  The bigger players in the space often have more resources to throw at building a POC… usually part of a presales technical team. 

  • Feb 28, 2012

    The Next Gen BI & PM Platform

    My brother Doc gave me some advice that I take to heart. Don’t tell people what you’re going to do. Do something, and then tell them what you’ve done. It’s very good advice. But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t speculate about the future and what I’m going to do next.

  • Jan 16, 2012

    Starting From Scratch

    I’m going to pretend that I know nothing about computing and the industry. I think it’s the only way I can maintain my sanity. I know too much and it is hindering my ability to do anything.  So my new approach is to throw out all of my paradigms and start from scratch. In other words, I’m killing my strategic thinking and paying attention to the stuff right in front of my face.

  • Nov 18, 2011

    HowTo: Use the Google Authenticator as a virtual MFA Device on the Amazon AWS Console

    Amazon has supported the use of a hardware based MFA device. But the issue we have had as a firm that deals with many Amazon accounts, carrying 14 or more devices is just not practical.

  • Sep 30, 2011

    More Cloud, More Chef

    I’ve been talking about my cloudy future for a while and it looks like this fourth quarter I will be crossing the chasm and spending more and more of my compute work up in those clouds. I’ve had an Amazon AWS account for a couple years but finally the time I’m spending working in those is clouds is closing on the amount of time I spend working in traditional environments.

  • Apr 21, 2011

    The Parallel Cubiverse

    Using Essbase Studio to build two applications at once. Drill through becomes drill across when you use parent child constructions.

    So what I have been doing over the past several months is an introduction to an idea that I’ve never quite seen before, and although we staggered into it, now that it’s mostly done I’m seeing some greater beauty in it.  

  • Feb 27, 2011

    Integrating AWS CloudFormation and Chef

    The cloud ecosystem was a-thundering this Friday with Amazon Web Services’ announcement on CloudFormation. Much of it positive, and a whole lot said about AWS whacking at the partner ecosystem. The twitter pundits who probably haven’t used CloudFormation, Chef or Puppet were quick to claim that CloudFormation is a replacement. At initial glance I thought so as well, but then I looked under the covers and quickly realized that to the contrary, CloudFormation will actually simplify and make our recipes more portable.

  • Feb 13, 2011

    We Are Hiring! Oracle Hyperion EPM Ninjas

    Full 360 thrives on innovation and is changing the way BI is sold, implemented, and supported. We’re Oracle EPM and data warehousing wonks with deep experience in the financial services marketplace. We foster a “lifestyle company” culture because we want everyone working for at Full 360 to enjoy what they do. (If its not enjoyable, it’s not worth doing). 

  • Aug 18, 2010

    Does SaaS BI Save Money? Questions you need to ask.

    The proponents of SaaS BI claim that it is a lot less expensive to use cloud-based BI products vs. traditional on-premise BI.  But is it?

    The biggest advantage to SaaS BI is that it does not require IT to install and support BI or database software, which can save money, but is SaaS BI really less expensive than on-premise BI if everything is taken into consideration?

  • Aug 7, 2010

    The Agile Data Warehouse™ Trademark Controversy

    I have been called a number of things in my life (you should hear my ex-wife describe me), but “moron” isn’t one I have heard often. So I was surprised recently to see Mark Madsen call me one on Twitter, in regard to our trademark on the brand “Agile Data Warehouse”.