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I have been a member of the Business Intelligence Mecca that is BeyeNetwork.com for quite some time, but as of this week I am delighted to announce that they will be syndicating this blog at: http://www.beyeblogs.com/pthomas/.

Thank you to all at at BeyeNetwork for setting this up.
 

Most popular articles over the last eight months

I last published a list of the most popular articles on this site at the beginning of July 2009. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had a hiatus in blogging which started at the beginning of August 2009. This means that readership figures since then have not been skewed by when articles were posted (they were all posted before the pertinent period).

The following is a list of the top twenty articles in descending order of hits per day over the last eight months.

Most viewed pages
Rank Article
1. Measuring the benefits of Business Intelligence
2. Mountain Biking and Systems Integration
3. Data – Information – Knowledge – Wisdom
4. Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence
5. A bad workman blames his [Business Intelligence] tools
6. “Why Business Intelligence projects fail”
7. A single version of the truth?
8. Is the time ripe for appointing a Chief Business Intelligence Officer?
9. Is outsourcing business intelligence a good idea?
10. New Adventures in Wi-Fi – Track 1: Blogging
11. Why IT is not like Civil Engineering
12. The importance of feasibility studies in business intelligence
13. BI implementations are like icebergs
14. A more appropriate metaphor for business intelligence projects
15. “Gartner sees a big discrepancy between BI expectations and realities” – Intelligent Enterprise
16. Trends in Business Intelligence
17. A review of “The History of Business Intelligence” by Nic Smith
18. A blast from the past…
19. Some reasons why IT projects fail
20. The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors – Results

 

Moving home

Moving home
 
Well virtual home anyway.

The primary address for this blog is now:

http://www.peterjamesthomas.com

However, the blog is still hosted on WordPress.com and the previous address of:

https://peterthomas.wordpress.com

should still work perfectly well.

If anyone experiences any problems with this change, then please tell me about it, either by posting a comment, or via the Contact Page.

Peter
 

New Social Media Section

My Keynote Articles page gathers together links to my more substantial blog posts in one place and groups them into broad areas of interest. When I first created this, the four areas were as follows:

1. Business Intelligence
2. Cultural Transformation
3. IT / Business Alignment and IT Strategy
4. General Articles

Back in April 2009, at the height of the Oracle / Sun fervour, I added a new section to reflect the number of articles I was writing about general technology issues such as these and also BI industry news. This was as follows:

5. Industry Commentary

In a similar vein, I have recently been writing more about issues in Social Media (very self-referential for a blog of course). I have also had my artciles syndicated on SmartDataCollective.com for many months.

SocialMediaToday

The thing that finally decided me to have a section dedicated to Social Media was joining SmartDataCollective’s parent site, SocialMediaToday.com, who were recently kind enough to syndicate the first of my series of articles on Social Media: New Adventures in Wi-Fi – Track 1: Blogging (the original article may be viewed here).

My thinking was, if I am having my articles posted on a site devoted to Social Media, then the time has come to recognise this by creating a new section. This is what I have done with:

6. Social Media

As with the other sections, I will keep this list up-to-date as I add new content. In particular my forthcoming pieces on micro-blogging with Twitter.com and professional networking on LinkedIn.com will have a shiny new home.
 

Rate This

As an experiment, I am enabling WordPress.com’s rating widget on my blog posts. A graphic like the one below now appears under the title of each article (indeed you should spy one directly above as well).

Rate This

I will be interested to see whether this feature is used and what the actual feedback proves to be.

Peter

PS Please note that the stars only appear when you select an article by clicking on its title, not when many articles appear on the main page, or as the result of a search.
 

After a brief hiatus…

The last few weeks have been a pretty quiet for me on-line with little activity in either the twitterverse or blogosphere. The flip-side of this is that I have been very busy in a number of other areas, both professional and personal (rumours that my low-profile coincides precisely with the current Ashes series are of course greatly exaggerated).

While my “free” time seems unlikely to increase dramatically in the near future, it is my hope that I will be able to return to penning a few blog articles. Speaking of which, that is precisely what I am about to turn my attention to now.

Peter
 


 
England defeat Australia by 115 runs at Lord's (20th July 2009). The first such victory in 75 years.
I am not 100% sure how this photo managed to creep into the post.

 

An update of the most read articles on this site

Back in April, I posted My “all-time” most-read 5 articles and mentioned that I would update the list from time to time. At the half-year point of 2009, it seemed appropriate to revisit this area.

I have done two things with the new statistics. First, given the number of articles that I have published, I have expanded the list to 20 articles. Second, to give a different perspective, I have added a run-down of those articles that have received the most views per day.

Of course the first list is more likely to contain older articles (which have had more time to accumulate views), whereas the second list is more likely to include new articles (given that most articles have peak viewing figures soon after they are posted). Despite the vagaries of both approaches, it is probably safe to say that if an article appears on both lists it has been pretty popular. I have highlighted 12 such posts in yellow below.

In future, I may consider calculating how well an article has performed against the typical ageing profile. This would address the shortcomings of both of the current tables and therby offer a more definitive benchmark. However this will be dependent on WordPress.com making it a bit easier to download information about page views.

As before I have focussed just on articles, so views of pages about my career or other background information have been omitted from the following.
 

Most viewed pages
Article Views
1 Measuring the benefits of Business Intelligence 2,054
2 Business is from Mars and IT is from Venus 1,497
3 Trends in Business Intelligence 1,324
4 Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence 1,320
5 A review of “The History of Business Intelligence” by Nic Smith 1,201
6 Mountain Biking and Systems Integration 1,129
7 “Why Business Intelligence projects fail 1,032
8 Mergers and value 929
9 Is outsourcing business intelligence a good idea? 909
10 The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors – Results 865
11 “Gartner sees a big discrepancy between BI expectations and realities” – Intelligent Enterprise 787
12 Pigeonholing – A tragedy 775
13 “All that glisters is not gold” – some thoughts on dashboards 732
14 Two pictures paint a thousand words… 729
15 BI implementations are like icebergs 720
16 Vision vs Pragmatism 716
17 The specific benefits of business intelligence in insurance 689
18 Holistic vs Incremental approaches to BI 689
19 Perseverance 624
20 A single version of the truth? 596

 
 

Most views / day (qualification: 300 views)
Article Views / day
1 A single version of the truth? 99.3
2 “Why Business Intelligence projects fail 38.2
3 “Involving users in business intelligence strategy key for success” – Christina Torode on SearchCio-Midmarket.com 33.0
4 Data – Information – Knowledge – Wisdom 29.5
5 Literary calculus? 24.3
6 Mountain Biking and Systems Integration 22.6
7 Measuring the benefits of Business Intelligence 16.4
8 Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence 13.9
9 A review of “The History of Business Intelligence” by Nic Smith 12.9
10 Mergers and value 12.9
11 Trends in Business Intelligence 11.6
12 Two pictures paint a thousand words… 11.6
13 Business Intelligence Competency Centres 10.5
14 Using multiple business intelligence tools in an implementation – Part I 10.2
15 Maureen Clarry stresses the need for change skills in business intelligence on BeyeNetwork 9.1
16 The importance of feasibility studies in business intelligence 9.0
17 Pigeonholing – A tragedy 8.5
18 Is outsourcing business intelligence a good idea? 8.3
19 The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors – Results 8.2
20 The Dictatorship of the Analysts 7.1