Data Warehousing

December 18, 2009

No Shortcuts: Focus on DW/BI Architecture and Processes, then Think about the Tools

A common problem from an IT perspective is the perception that BI is just about learning how to use the tools such as databases, ETL, reporting […]
December 16, 2009

No Shortcuts: Read the BI/DW Instructions and Ask for Directions

My undergraduate degree is in engineering. So that’s my excuse for not reading instructions. In addition, I am a guy and I don’t ask for directions […]
December 9, 2009

The Battle for the Status Quo

It’s a vicious battle. No, I am not talking about the partisan wars between the Democrats and Republicans, but this battle also impedes progress. Nor am […]
November 17, 2009

ETL tools: Don’t Forget About the Little Dogs

I’m not only concerned about hand-coding versus ETL tools;  I’m also concerned that potential buyers of ETL tools and the market in general are only looking […]
November 6, 2009

Data Integration: Hand-coding Using ETL Tools Part 2

This is a continuation of an earlier post that discussed the problems of hand-coding using ETL tools. What Went Wrong? There are two aspects of effectively […]
November 4, 2009

Data Integration: Hand-coding Using ETL Tools

We are creatures of habit. It’s not easy to stop doing something the way we’ve always done it. Especially when we think we are right (but […]