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To build a MEL, you need a Private Detective

October 6, 2014

Over the past six months we have been working with the reliability and maintenance organization within a large oil and gas client to build out their Master Equipment List (MEL). Like many asset-intensive organizations, they have implemented an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) tool to give them visibility and control over their capital equipment to optimize their maintenance strategies, reduce operating costs, and better manage their workforce and spare parts inventories. The challenge is that the…

Angela Holmes

Temporal Databases: Why you should care and how to get started (Part 1 of 3)

September 23, 2014

What is a temporal database? A temporal database is a database with built-in support for handling data involving time. This definition is from Wikipedia. It is simple and straightforward. Since we expect every database to have some kind of support for time operations, we could say that all databases are temporal databases based on this definition. The reality is a lot more subtle and complex. Temporal databases enable you to see the data as it…

Abel Morelos, Angela Holmes

Identifying the Value of Master Data

August 13, 2014

Previously, I’d talked about creating data as part of a data migration project in order to ensure that the, newer, target system had sufficient data in order to operate efficiently. Well now that this system is operational, a significant part of the new system’s business case is not being realized and it appears that insufficient master data is a major part of the problem. In fact, with the new workflow to help drive compliance, this…

Tim Morgan

Predixion 3.0

May 10, 2014

I’ve just returned from a trip to Predixion Software‘s technical HQ in Redmond where I got a sneak preview of the newest release of their predictive analytics toolset – and it’s impressive! The previous release was very much focused on scoring predictive models against huge datasets,with integration to Apache Mahout, the native Hadoop predictive algorithm library, in order to enable Predixion to ride the big-data wave that seems to be all the rage at the…

Tim Morgan

You might be in the Data Migration Business but to be Successful you may need to be in the Data Creation Business Too

April 1, 2014

To be successful with a data migration project, whether migrating data from one system to another or even a version upgrade, you’ll need to adhere to best practices that are well documented for such a project, e.g. source system exploration, data assessment and profiling, migration design and build, etc. (This SAS white paper provides a good data migration overview: Enhancing Your Chance for Successful Data Migration.). Typically, data migration is not just dependent on Extract,…

Tim Morgan

The Big Data Yawn

March 10, 2014

Over the past couple of months we have met with a number of oil and gas executives to demonstrate our Oil and Gas Solution built on Data-Tactics’ Big Data Engine (BDE). During these conversations it has become obvious that the very mention of “Big Data” produces an involuntary physiological response among business leaders – eye rolls and yawns. It appears that big data has reached the Gartner “trough of disillusionment”. These executives have heard from…

Tim Morgan

Web Search vs. Enterprise Search: Are They the Same?

March 1, 2014

The year was 2009 and I had one of my first work assignments post college. I was a software engineer for an enterprise search project for one of the biggest financial companies in the US. I was certain of the outcome: I would use Google’s search engine to save the world. Unfortunately, I was immediately informed that the project was not planning to use Google’s search engine. Shockingly, Google wasn’t even considered one of the…

Abel Morelos

Your custom MDM solution: Don’t make these mistakes (Part 3)

February 12, 2014

This is the third article in a series by Artemio Mendoza (Sullexis Technical Director) and Angela Holmes. The first article is available here. The second article is available here. Most MDM solutions will be based on a packaged software product. However, there are cases when a custom solution is needed. For those pursuing a custom path, we have advice for you: don’t make these common mistakes. Wanted: A Single Source of Truth Many organizations embark…

Artemio Mendoza, Angela Holmes

Your custom MDM solution: Don’t make these mistakes (Part 2)

February 6, 2014

This is the second article in a series by Artemio Mendoza (Sullexis Technical Director) and Angela Holmes (Sullexis Senior Consultant) . The first article is available here. Most MDM solutions will be based on a packaged software product. However, there are cases when a custom solution is needed. If you choose to build instead of buy, we have advice for you: don’t make these common mistakes. DWH and BI Challenges Create the Need for MDM Most organizations…

Artemio Mendoza, Angela Holmes

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