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3D printing hit the cover of The Economist last month.  It is now “officially” having a major impact on business and, as of result, on the required analytics and underlying data warehouse structures to support the analytics

I finally caught up on my reading over the holidays – funny what 12 hours of captivity in coach will do – and I highly recommend the November 6, 2010 special report from The Economist on Smart Systems. 

The major monster data feeds here are smart phones, sensors and meters.  We are talking a lot of data here:  zettabytes, which are billions of terabytes. 

When I presented at the Teradata Partners conference on the subject of Long Tails and Black Swans in 2008, one of the anecdotal stories I told was about online specialty diaper purchases in Germany.  I was amazed that online stores could compete with the brick and mortar outlets on goods with such low margins, including the additional shipping costs.  Well…  Amazon has confirmed this with the purchase on the online diaper and soap store provider Quidsi, Inc. 

Nice article today in the NY Times on 3-D Printing, one of the enablers of the Long Tail concept for manufacturing.

One interesting quote:  "'It costs $5,000 to $6,000 to print one of these legs, and it has features that aren’t even found in legs that cost $60,000 today,' Mr. Summit said."  A promise of both faster AND cheaper?  Basic project management rules would disagree, but who can tell.

Following up on the outside influences that will drive EDW growth, Babbage's blog posted an article on the "Internet of Things."  It looks back to the promise of connecting not just all wireless devices to the internet, but everyday objects, “from food, clothing, pills and pets to personal electronics, appliances and cars,” and the current progress along these lines.

The Wall Street Journal is running a series, “What They Know,” this week on Web privacy.

What caught my eye was today’s article on Web analytics, “On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only.”  A quote from the article, “firms like [x+1] tap into vast databases of people's online behavior—mainly gathered surreptitiously by tracking technologies that have become ubiquitous on websites across the Internet. They don't have people's names, but cross-reference that data with records of home ownership, family income, marital status and favorite restaurants, among other things. Then, using statistical analysis, they start to make assumptions about the proclivities of individual Web surfers.”

Following up on the outside influences that will drive EDW growth, we have a couple of articles on the exponential (Hmmm… remember this adjective from the late 90’s during the tech boom?) growth of internet connections.

This blog was started to discuss Chris Anderson’s Long Tail concepts and how they relate to Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) implementations. Well… Mr. Anderson (‘No,” not a Matrix reference) has recently published a new article in “Wired” magazine, “In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits.”

As logistics become less expensive, more instantaneous, and support a greater variety of goods, the long tail category of "candidate products" continues to expand. For example, 3-D printers.

I’m going to catch up on some of my reading from over the summer. The common theme in this entry on the unabated explosion of data, even when it seems that some industries are scaling back.

First, we have a couple of articles from The Economist which IMHO is the world news magazine for nerds :-). From last June’s technology quarterly, we have two articles: "Sensors and Sensitivity" and "The Connected Car".