Monday, December 17, 2007

Very Sad News

It is with profound sadness that I report the passing of Dr. Cyril Brookes.

Dr. Cyril H. P. Brookes, a pioneer in Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence died in a tragic accident at home on 13 December 2007.

Cyril was a driving force in Australian information Systems having been the Manager of IS at BHP (CIO equivalent) and then being appointed the first professor of IS at the University of New South Wales. In 1989 Cyril's pioneering work at UNSW led to the creation of Grapevine Technologies Ltd, one of the first KM/BI systems that specialized in management of tacit information in corporations. grapeVINE evolved into one of the earliest corporate portal products and is now part of the Sun Microsystems Inc. product portfolio.

Recently Cyril had focused his attention on BI with his blog, Cyril on Business Intelligence and his company BI Pathfinder. This recent focus never let his passion for tacit knowledge management ebb, but brought a new dimension to business decision making through tacit Knolwedge Managment and Business Intelligence.

Cyril contributed an incredible amount of passion, research, writing and evangelism to the KM and BI conversation. He has touched countless lives and leaves a rich legacy. He could have retired and left KM/BI behind, but instead he chose to include his passion for his family, friends and colleagues along with KM/BI in his daily life. Cyril will be greatly missed by all who experienced his unique life.

Via Con Dios Cyril!

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