Paul O’Rorke

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Four Case Studies in R

by on Feb.18, 2009, under Meeting Notes

Michael Driscoll and Jim Porzak organized an excellent panel on “Case Studies in R” at Predictive Analytics World at the Hotel Nikko on Mason Street in San Francisco, February 18th, 2009.  Actually, they couldn’t resist having fun yet again with the name “R” and the actual  title was “The R and Science of Predictive Analytics:  Four Case Studies in R.”  Jim and Mike organize the Bay Area useR Group and this meeting was their 2009 kickoff.  Driscoll is a Principal in a Business Analytics startup called Dataspora.  Michael chaired the session and Jim, now at The Generations Network, gave a quick overview of R and served as one of the four panelists.  The other three panelists were:  Bo Cowgill from Google, Itamar Rosenn from Facebook, and David Smith from Revolution Computing. (continue reading…)

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Business Intelligence on a Budget: Open Source BI

by on Feb.17, 2009, under Meeting Notes

I gave a presentation titled ”Business Intelligence on a Budget:  Open Source Business Intelligence” (OSBI) at the monthly meeting of the SDForum BI Special Interest Group on February 17th, 2009.  The presentation provided a quick snapshot of the current state of OSBI software.  In general, open source software has become an accepted and integral part of many businesses’ core web applications and services. The trend toward open source has accelerated recently in the BI space as well. With open source offerings reaching new levels of maturity and trustworthiness and with total costs on the order of a tenth of the cost of closed source software, open source BI is expected to grow much faster than the overall BI market. The adoption of OSBI software is expected to triple by 2012. With budgets tightening in the ongoing recession, many companies would do well to consider whether they can save money by using OSBI software. (continue reading…)

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