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BI Requirements Should not just be Gathered

March 7, 2011

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There are many resources remonstrating with the IT community on the importance of gathering requirements. Failing to gather requirements, they warn, will lead to a poor solution delivered late and over budget. This is largely inarguable. However, I would warn that simply ‘gathering’ requirement is as big a risk. Fred Brooks, author of ‘The Mytical […]

Death of the BI Generalist

February 14, 2011

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I have fond memories of the 90s. I spent a fair amount of it being a ‘Cognos Consultant’ travelling the length and breadth of the UK being an expert in all things Cognos. There was a great sense of independence and autonomy. It was possible to pitch up at a new Client with 2 CDs […]

Single version of the truth, philosophy or reality?

February 14, 2011

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Assuming you want the truth and you can handle it then you will have heard this a lot. The purpose of our new (BI/Analytics/Data Warehouse) project is to deliver ‘a single version of the truth’. In a project we are engaged with right now the expression is one version of reality or 1VOR. For UK […]

More and more choices for BI Solution Architects

January 10, 2011

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We analytics practitioners have always had the luxury of alternatives to the RDBM as part of our data architectural choices. OLAP of one form or another has been providing what one of my colleagues calls ‘query at the speed of thought’ for well over a decade. However, the range of options available to a solutions […]

Traditional IT teams are missing the boat on Social Analytics

December 14, 2010

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Being a natural owl and not a lark, it takes something really important or deeply interesting to get me into the City for a 7.30 am breakfast meeting. Ed Thompson of Gartner speaking on how Sales, Marketing and Customer Services are making use of social media last week more than qualified.   The focus was […]

BI Project Managers and Eyebrows

December 8, 2010

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Like eyebrows, you don’t really notice project managers when they are there but if you are rash enough to let them go you will end up looking startled and stupid. I point this out because over a period of more than 10 years I have had the opportunity to observe many, many BI projects and […]