Born in 1918, my elderly neighbor grew up during the Depression era and loved the independence that working and driving offered throughout her life, although she never did learn to fill up her gas tank. One didn’t want to take independence too far, after all. Besides, she didn’t have to — her late husband, a WWII army veteran, always insisted that it was his duty to do it for her. When he passed away, her co-workers at the plant where she worked took over this chore, followed by her boss who continued the tradition after she retired 30 years later.

This story illustrates a larger point about embracing change — while willful ignorance can have its benefits in genteel society, executive leadership that maintains willful ignorance of their own data management and business intelligence operations can cause serious damage to their enterprise’s bottom line. With the advent of breakthrough hybrid technologies that employ both standalone data warehouse appliances and Hadoop, now companies can better fuel their own BI engine in today’s challenging economic climate.

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