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September 5, 2006

Operational BI – Blurring the Lines

Before operational business intelligence (BI) came on the scene, classifying BI applications was simple: enterprise applications and BI/DW activities were clearly separate domains with their own […]
August 7, 2006

Data Integration Myth #10: Emerging technologies will solve all our data integration problems.

New technologies aren’t a shortcut for data integration. Whatever application integration tool you use, you still need to integrate data the old-fashioned way — by talking […]
August 5, 2006

Business Intelligence: Invest Now or Wait?

Hannah Smalltree interviewed me for the article: Business Intelligence: Invest Now or Wait? This continues the discussion of what’s going on in the BI industry […]
July 31, 2006

Is the BI Software Market Maturing?

IDC just published its latest report “Worldwide Business Intelligence Tools 2005 Vendor Shares” on the state of the business intelligence industry . According to IDC’s research, […]
July 24, 2006

Data Integration Myth #9: The vendor’s analytical package providing CPM is going to solve all our problems.

Vendor packages may offer the allure of off-the-shelf solutions that take almost no work and instantly provide the business with the answers to all their questions. […]
July 17, 2006

Data Integration Myth #8: The ERP vendor’s data warehouse package is going to solve all our problems.

Just because you’re already using a vendor’s ERP system doesn’t mean that their data warehouse package is going to be a quick add-on. If you had […]
July 14, 2006

Business Objects: Ouch!!!

Business Objects (BOBJ) announced preliminary Q2 2006 results late Thursday and its stock was down 21.5% on Friday. It is over 50% below its 52-week high […]
July 14, 2006

Should You Wait for Data Quality?

A couple of IT managers recently approached me with a thorny issue. The key business sponsor for their data warehousing effort asked them if they should […]
July 11, 2006

Why Data Governance Projects Fail

Are data governance projects doomed? According to the article  “Data governance requires checks and balances, Gartner says,” a recent Gartner study predicts that “by 2008, less than […]
July 6, 2006

Data Integration Myth #7: A dashboard is going to solve all our problems.

IT people tell me they’re implementing dashboards, expecting them to expand the use of their data warehouse/data mart environments and unleash the terabytes of data that […]
July 6, 2006

Database Market: Growing with Data Warehouse a Driving Force

The 2005 worldwide relational database (RDBMS) market was approximately $14 billion in revenue (IDC estimates $14.6 billion while Gartner, Inc believes it was $13.8 billion) and […]
June 29, 2006

Data Integration Myth #6: We can do this project without the help of the line of business.

You think so, do you? If you don’t work with the business users, how are you going to know their real needs? How will you understand […]
June 22, 2006

Data Integration Myth #5: Because this project will benefit the business users, there’s no need to market it to them.

It’s tempting to ignore this. However, the promise of business results is what gets a project staffed and implemented; therefore, an internal awareness and marketing campaign […]
June 15, 2006

Data Integration Myth #4:If you build the “right” data integration solution, everyone will use it and the stovepipes will go away.

You can have a great architectural solution, but if it doesn’t meet the business users’ exact needs, they won’t give up their trusty stovepipes. You can […]
June 12, 2006

Data Shadow Systems Today, CPM Tomorrow

Earlier this year, at the 2006 Gartner Business Intelligence Conference, I heard a market prediction that made me wonder if industry-watchers are focusing too far into the […]
June 11, 2006

Boston-area Data Warehousing Training

For those in the Boston-area, or anyone else who feels like catching a Red Sox game after a day of data warehouse and business intelligence training, […]
June 8, 2006

Data Integration Myth #3: The CEO and CFO are getting all the information they need.

Sure they are, but at what cost? When one of them asks a question, their staff and others run off, gather data, manipulate it and produce […]
June 7, 2006

Are BI Suites the Answer?

I was asked recently if I thought BI suites were a good idea. My answer: sometimes they are and sometimes they aren’t. How’s that for a […]
June 6, 2006

Data and Goliath

A retailer in Britain has found that data is the rock they need to throw at superpower Wal-Mart as it tries to become a destination for […]
June 2, 2006

The Role of Data Integration in Providing Trusted Information

How trustworthy is the data that you provide? Not very, if it has quality problems. Data quality is one of the biggest roadblocks to trusting corporate […]
June 1, 2006

Data Integration Myth #2: Developing an information architecture is a waste of time, let’s just get on with building the data warehouse.

Been there, done that. That’s how we ended up with multiple data warehouses, data marts, and ERP, CPM and SCM solutions that need to be reconciled. […]
May 25, 2006

Data Integration Myth #1: We can’t afford a data integration solution

I hear large corporations admit they spent millions of dollars on data integration projects such as data warehouses, data marts, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and corporate […]
May 18, 2006

Data Mining – From Diapers to Phone Records

One of the techniques we use in our industry is the center of some controversy in the news recently. Specifically, the use of data mining (“The […]
May 11, 2006

Data governance success: No pain, no gain

Does this sound familiar? Your business users are complaining that they constantly have to debate and reconcile the numbers in different reports. They complain that the […]
May 10, 2006

The Data Shadow System Conundrum

As Martha Stewart would say, getting information into the hands of business users is a “good thing.” Every enterprise needs to provide accurate, timely information for […]
May 10, 2006

BI Myths: Business users have a severe case of tool envy

Not only do business users not have tool envy, they probably don’t even want to hear you talk about them. Tools and technology are not first […]
May 2, 2006

Is it true that IT and users hate each other?

What’s with all the animosity between IT and business users? Christopher Koch provided a summary of the string of hate-posts from Slashdot, where it got so […]
April 27, 2006

Hyperion Solutions acquires UpStream Software

In an acquisition greeted positively by analysts and users, Hyperion Solutions announced it is acquiring privately-held Upstream Software. UpStream’s product, called WebLink DM, provides “a data […]
April 26, 2006

Is Oracle Serious About Business Intelligence?

Oracle is serious about business intelligence…this time for sure! Oracle has offered business intelligence in different flavors through different product groupings over the years. But it’s […]
April 25, 2006

Ten Principles for Increasing the Business Value of your Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Investments

Who: DAMA International, Boston Chapter Topic: Rick Sherman’s “Ten Principles for Increasing the Business Value of your Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Investments” When: Thursday May […]
April 20, 2006

The data manager’s ransom note

Your data manager has a list of demands. OK, he isn’t actually holding anyone hostage, but still, take a minute to really listen to what he […]
April 19, 2006

When patience is not a virtue

I was recently asked: “Should we wait until we fix the data quality problems in our source systems before we build a data warehouse?” My answer: […]
April 14, 2006

It’s All About the Data

If you work in IT, you better like alphabet soup: master data management (MDM); customer data integration (CDI); corporate performance management (CPM); business intelligence (BI); enterprise […]
March 12, 2006

BI systems: Data shadow systems pros and cons

Business groups are empowered by knowledge — and knowledge comes, in part, from having access to accurate and timely information. It is generally up to IT […]
February 12, 2006

Clear Communication – The Foundation for Successful Business Metadata Projects

In Align Metadata and Business Initiatives, we discussed the two types of metadata: technical and business. The fact that there are two metadata types may be old […]