Decision support and business intelligence history
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Documents and books that defined some of the underpinnings of today's BI. Interesting for the things they got wrong as much as for what they got right, and the assumptions they make about the problem domain and potential solutions.
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Paul Otlet, forgotten forefather of the web, 1934

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Paul Otlet was one of the most foreward-thinking people in information management. His ideas predate the computer, networks, advanced indexing techniques, even the idea of pagerank to raise the revelance of specific sources of information.

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Felix Lizama's comment, February 12, 2013 4:43 AM
I think you missed an "i" in the word "Decision"
Third Nature's comment, February 12, 2013 5:54 PM
Yup/
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A Business Intelligence System, 1988

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The original document coining the term "data warehouse" in 1988 from the IBM Systems Journal, by Devlin and Murphy. The conceptual architecture in this paper has remained the basis for data warehouse architecture since that time. In the intervening 25 years, technology has changed a lot, but the architecture hasn't. Big data is one reaction to the changes created by technology and ubiquitous data, and presents some challenges to this architecture.

 

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As We May Think, 1945

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The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
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Impressive foresight on challenges of managing information (not specifically data, but mroe in the way of documents, images and other information) and the potential for devices to address some of our information needs, and deal with information overload. Introduces or extends from contemporaries ideas of symbolic logic and processing, visions of hypertext and networks, and methods of accessing.

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An Architecture for a Business and Information System, 1958

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The origin of the term "business intelligence, in a 1958 paper by Hand Peter Luhn. He was refering to something more akin to an information retrieval system based on documents (this predates the computeraized data of business we take for granted today). His conceptions about the goals and direction it should take are still applicable today. In fact, with the ability to process text we're now able to accomplish some of the things he was anticipating back then.

The lack of structrued data might seem quaint by today's standards.

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