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Barry Devlin

As one of the founders of data warehousing back in the mid-1980s, a question I increasingly ask myself over 25 years later is: Are our prior architectural and design decisions still relevant in the light of today's business needs and technological advances? I'll pose this and related questions in this blog as I see industry announcements and changes in way businesses make decisions. I'd love to hear your answers and, indeed, questions in the same vein.

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Dr. Barry Devlin is among the foremost authorities in the world on business insight and data warehousing. He was responsible for the definition of IBM's data warehouse architecture in the mid '80s and authored the first paper on the topic in the IBM Systems Journal in 1988. He is a widely respected consultant and lecturer on this and related topics, and author of the comprehensive book Data Warehouse: From Architecture to Implementation.

Barry's interest today covers the wider field of a fully integrated business, covering informational, operational and collaborative environments and, in particular, how to present the end user with an holistic experience of the business through IT. These aims, and a growing conviction that the original data warehouse architecture struggles to meet modern business needs for near real-time business intelligence (BI) and support for big data, drove Barry’s latest book, Business unIntelligence: Insight and Innovation Beyond Analytics, now available in print and eBook editions.

Barry has worked in the IT industry for more than 30 years, mainly as a Distinguished Engineer for IBM in Dublin, Ireland. He is now founder and principal of 9sight Consulting, specializing in the human, organizational and IT implications and design of deep business insight solutions.

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Teradata Magazine has just published a synopsis of a recent white paper of mine in their most recent issue.  Here's the first couple of sentences:

"The data warehouse architecture established in the 1980s has stood us in good stead, but the time has come to look at decision making--as it spans the business process spectrum--in a new light. Business today is so interlinked, its information needs so interdependent, its processes so inter­twined, and its reaction times so pressured that only a new architected approach can support it.

This new architecture must cover the entire IT support for the business. It must be fully integrated. And it must stretch beyond "simple" intelligence."

I recommend the article as very well worth a read (well, I would, wouldn't I?), but particularly stunning is the photo of the Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts in Valencia, Spain that the editor chose to illustrate the text.  Take a look!

And regarding the content, stand by for a deeper look at the Business Information Resource, due to appear in the Business Intelligence Journal, 2nd Quarter 2010 issue...

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