Computers can seem quite mysterious, but they needn't be. A simple business meeting analogy can make them much more transparent.

Understanding how a computer works becomes even more important when dealing with a lot of data, or "Big Data" which causes computers to perform poorly.

The course is an introductory course to the larger topic of estimating Big Data projects. It begins quite simply, but moves rapidly into the very heart of computers, and some fairly advanced topics. It concludes with some thoughts about how these topics related to Big Data projects.

With this background you'll be ready to perform business analysis or contribute to a Big Data systems development project.

So let's get started.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • This is an intermediate course.....

    • ​Overview of finsysvlogger video series on You-Tube​

  • 2

    The Basic Meeting Analogy

    • Computers Explained: The Meeting Analogy

    • Analogy Review

    • Meeting Flow

    • Relative speeds and stability

    • Virtual Memory

  • 3

    Meeting Languages

    • Comptuer Analogy Advanced: Languages

    • Programming Languages

    • Bits and Bytes

    • Data Language vs. Program Language

    • Processor and Language Speeds

  • 4

    Compilers, Assemblers and Efficiency

    • Machine Instructions

    • Compilers

    • Assembler Instructions

    • Patterns

    • Efficiency

  • 5

    Parallel Processing and Virtualization

    • Comptuer Analogy Advanced: Parallel Processing

    • Going Deep; Debugging a Computer Dump

  • 6


    • Big Data Implications

    • Efficiency Matters in Big Data

    • Course Evaluation

About the instructor

Financial Systems Expert

Kip Twitchell

Kip Twitchell is a global subject matter expert with IBM Global Business Services (GBS) Financial Services Sector. He has extensive experience as a consultant in financial management and business intelligence systems, having consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 25 banks in the world. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the US and expert in the field of business events-based reporting and financial systemsHe is the author of “Balancing Act: A Practical Approach to Business Event Based Insights” (2010), and “Metric Engine: Reinventing the Data Supply Chains for Business” (2015) and vlogs (video blog) in "Conversations with Kip" on financial systems as the @finsysvlogger. He began his career with Price Waterhouse , which became PricewaterhouseCoopers and PwC consulting in 1998. PwC Consulting was acquired by IBM in 2002. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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