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Rick Sherman

Welcome! In addition to data integration, my BeyeNETWORK blog will include observations on the business and technology of performance management, business intelligence and data warehousing. Most posts will be hosted on my Data Doghouse blog, so feel free to leave comments here or on the Data Doghouse. If you'd like to suggest topics or ask me any questions, please email me at

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Rick has more than 20 years of business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW) and data integration experience. He is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, a Boston-based consulting firm that provides DW/BI consulting, training and vendor services; prior to that he was a director/practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Sherman is a published author of more than 50 articles, an industry speaker and has been quoted in CFO and Business Week. He also teaches data warehousing at Northeastern University's graduate school of engineering. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter at

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iStock_000003552667XSmall.jpgIt's a vicious battle. No, I am not talking about the partisan wars
between the Democrats and Republicans, but this battle also impedes
progress. Nor am I talking about the decades- or centuries-old
rivalries between religious or ethnic groups across the globe, but this
battle has been going on within enterprises since their first use of

The battle is between the curious and the cautious
regarding the use of technology. The curious would call themselves
innovators while the cautious call them reckless. The cautious consider
themselves prudent while the curious call them Luddites.

battle isn't just being fought on the fringes of the technology
adoption curve. It's raging smack in the middle of mainstream
technology - including technology that's already become a best practice
within Fortune 1000 companies.


Posted December 9, 2009 4:57 PM
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