In a recent TDWI interview, Jonathan Geiger, executive VP of Intelligent Solutions Inc, discussed how to improve the process of requirements gathering for BI projects. Several things immediately stood out from the interview as his suggestions were quite consistent with the methodology and technology at Kalido.
In a previous blog I discussed the four primary MDM architectural styles: consolidated, registry, coexistence, and transactional. In case you missed it, read it here: MDM Architecture Styles – Do you have the right mix? Each has their individual strengths and weaknesses, but no single MDM architectural style is ideal for every application. Read more
It’s the end of October now which means that the autumn trade show season is drawing to a close. This year we sponsored and exhibited at the TDWI World Conference in San Diego (and in Chicago earlier in the year), and the Teradata PARTNERS Conference in Nashville. Once again we gathered survey responses in our booth, so I took a look at how things have changed, or not, since last year’s update.
Kimball Group puts out some fantastic design tips, and one I especially liked in the last year was one from Joy Mundy (Design Tip #158 Making Sense of the Semantic Layer). The arrival of this in my inbox was extremely timely because I was at the time involved in a disagreement with a BI consultant who was currently specialized in one of the new breed of BI tools. His position was that semantic layers were unnecessary and the realm of “traditional, IT-centric reporting environments.” If I didn’t understand that, well, I just didn’t understand the niche that particular product was fulfilling towards the goal of enabling ad-hoc end user reporting without IT involvement. The argument started because I was inquiring about the capability of third-party solutions like Kalido (now Magnitude DIW) of preconfiguring the semantic layer for the tool rather than having to manually configure it. Read more
I recently took a very touristy outing in Boston when we went on the “Codzilla” boat ride in Boston Harbor. On a hot day, it is great. The boat goes out of the harbor, gains speed, and then tries to get everyone wet by turning sharply and quickly, stopping short and diving forward, and generally stirring up the water until it is falling over the decks and spraying the crowd. On the day we went there was at least one tanker moored in the distance – quite the opposite of the fast and agile boat we were on. Read more
Well, actually rather a lot. In a recent webinar in which I participated with Virgin Media, the question was raised by one of the attendees as a current requirement. It surprised me a little, as although I have had many theoretical conversations about the relationship between the two disciplines, it was refreshing to hear customers looking to take real action on the subject. This combined with no less than a dozen conversations with large financial services customers, analysts and industry alumni alike, has inspired me to share. Read more
“Breaking through the wall,” the metaphor used by runners to describe the moment when they break the shackles of fatigue and their practice and determination pay-off, seems apropos as my “fitter” Magnitude Software colleagues recently tackled the London and Brighton Marathons. Congratulations to our runners and their amazing achievement! Read more