16 Technology Phrases That Would Have Sounded Crazy 25-30 Yrs Ago

16 Technology Phrases That Would Have Sounded Crazy 25-30 Yrs Ago

Have you ever actually listened to some of the phrases you speak on a daily basis? Clouds have been around since the dawn of time but if you would have said to someone in a diner/cafe 25-30 years ago that you were going to work from the cloud, they probably would have thought you were just joking about Lando Calrissian’s home in The Empire Strikes Back. (That’s Cloud City for all you non-Star Wars aficionados.)

So, with that obscure Star Wars reference out of the way, here’s a list of 16 technology phrases that would have sounded crazy had you uttered them 25-30 years ago.


  1. Are you going to be working from the Cloud?
  2. You can do What-if’s while surfing on your mobile.
  3. How many followers do we have?
  4. Our internet is down so we can’t watch TV.
  5. My book is running low. I’ll need to plug it in.
  6. Do you have a PayPal?
  7. Just Google it.
  8. Can we Skype in 30 minutes?
  9. Do you have Apple’s new Leopard?
  10. I wasn’t aware that Android released KitKat.
  11. How many gigs does your phone have?
  12. Who’s responsible for posting our company tweets?
  13. We need to increase our likes.
  14. I look forward to drones delivering from Amazon.
  15. We need to blog at least once a week.
  16. I’ve gone over my data.

BI is a Business Process, Not Software

BI is a Business Process, Not Software,

One of the most common misconceptions about Business Intelligence is that it is a technology solution.  I buy the right software, hire the right consultants, plug it in and Boom……I have Business Intelligence.  The reality is that Business Intelligence is a Business solution supported by technology not a technology solution supported by the business.  It’s a business process; and if it is not implemented as a business process, it won’t matter how much money you throw at it, you are not going to get the value you intended.

In order for Business Intelligence to become a valuable tool for the business it has to be designed to drive decision making and become part of the daily culture of an organization.  The business has to be an integral part of the effort to implement a business intelligence solution, be committed to the process, define the goals and establish the view of the business that is needed to support their decision making.  In most cases information technology resource can’t do it.

Business Intelligence is about understanding information about your business and the relationship between what may sometimes seem like disparate information.  We do this so that we can look back and understand why things happened; look forward and forecast reliably and look at the business right now, in real time, and react while you have a chance to impact the business today.  It doesn’t matter if you are using the most sophisticated software on the market to do it or you are using an excel spreadsheet.  Business Intelligence is a business process that transcends the technology behind it.

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