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EVERYTHING MUST GO

If You Get This BI Requirement, Run!

The Lamest BI Requirement – And it Won’t Go Away!   Want a sure path to failure in BI and data warehousing? Don’t solicit requirements from your users.   Want a second path? Settle for the requirement, “Just give me everything (JGME) and I’ll figure out how to use...

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A Big Thing I’ve Learned Assessing BI Systems

Assessing BI & DW Systems   A decent (and fun!) chunk of our business is assessing organizations’ business intelligence and data warehousing capabilities. In assessments we meet with business executives and IT staff to discuss what the business needs, and will need, from BI. We then contrast that with...

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Do You Really Have Data Management Principles?

Looking back on the work we’ve done over the past few years I’ve come across an interesting point: while companies may have mature data management organizations (DMOs), few of these DMOs have a set of principles behind their data management visions. In other words, they’re building data...

Declining Business Sales

A Dumb Thing that 99 out of 100 Data Warehousers do

Is your terminology causing your BI / DW team to head in the wrong direction?   As a business intelligence and data warehousing consultant I constantly work with IT teams that, even internally, can’t agree on whether they have a data warehouse, a data mart, a reporting database, or something else....

Ambition Concept

When Business Moves Faster than BI

When Business Moves Faster than BI   Face the Facts – IT Does Interfere With Business Agility   It’s a rare organization where the business staff doesn’t complain that IT is holding them back. This is, in fact, one of the key reasons why there is friction between IT and...

data warehouse

Death of the Data Warehouse

I build data warehouses. I understand why they’re important, I make a living from them. I also see that traditional, relational data warehouses are on the way out. Their demise is coming from a few technological advances. One of these is the ubiquitous, and growing, Hadoop....

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More Thoughts on Becoming Data Driven

A few weeks ago I published a post on how to become a data driven company.  That post spoke to what managers can do to embed BI in their organizations.  Today, a different perspective on what user departments can do to become more data driven.   Users Won’t Create...

How to Go from Delivering BI to Being Data Driven

If you participate in enough BI groups, you’ll see one question come up time and again: Why do so many BI efforts fail?  A lot of time it’s not failure in development, but in the implementation.  Let’s face it – too often these systems get...