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Jill Dyché

There you are! What took you so long? This is my blog and it's about YOU.

Yes, you. Or at least it's about your company. Or people you work with in your company. Or people at other companies that are a lot like you. Or people at other companies that you'd rather not resemble at all. Or it's about your competitors and what they're doing, and whether you're doing it better. You get the idea. There's a swarm of swamis, shrinks, and gurus out there already, but I'm just a consultant who works with lots of clients, and the dirty little secret - shhh! - is my clients share a lot of the same challenges around data management, data governance, and data integration. Many of their stories are universal, and that's where you come in.

I'm hoping you'll pour a cup of tea (if this were another Web site, it would be a tumbler of single-malt, but never mind), open the blog, read a little bit and go, "Jeez, that sounds just like me." Or not. Either way, welcome on in. It really is all about you.

About the author >

Jill is a partner co-founder of Baseline Consulting, a technology and management consulting firm specializing in data integration and business analytics. Jill is the author of three acclaimed business books, the latest of which is Customer Data Integration: Reaching a Single Version of the Truth, co-authored with Evan Levy. Her blog, Inside the Biz, focuses on the business value of IT.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Jill's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

In which Jill looks her weaknesses straight in the eye, and can consequently hold her head high at the potluck.

The next time you're in L.A., call me and I'll take you to my new favorite spot, Sprinkles. Sprinkles bakes cupcakes ranging in flavors from chocolate to chai latte. To say that they're good would be like saying that Jack Welch knows a little about business.

I was invited to a potluck recently and I drew the dessert card. Rather than whipping up a cake or a pie myself-and if you knew my cooking, you'd thank me-I decided to go to Sprinkles and buy two dozen cupcakes. This turned out to be a fortuitous decision on many levels, especially if you'd tasted the mixed berry cobbler that my friend Darla brought to the potluck. Now I'm the last one to criticize someone's cooking, glass houses and all that. Suffice it to say that slicing into Darla's cobbler was like cutting into a dead body, the skin collapsing and giving way to a viscous, squishy mess. And the taste wasn't too far off either.

When you've got a big project, it's often wise to be circumspect about your organization's incumbent skills. We see more data warehouse teams going it alone these days, and often that's just fine. We find others struggling when it comes to delivering business value in a structured and regular way. And MDM and data governance teams-by their definition new to the task-really have to consider whether it might be better to go outside and get a little help in delivering the goods.

I know, I know, I'm a consultant so I'm hardly unbiased. I'm all for knowledge transfer and making my clients self-sufficient. But many need a little guidance before they take on the task themselves. I mean, if you saw Darla's cobbler at the end of the potluck, gaping at its center, the red-brown juices oozing onto the white tablecloth, flies gathering, its creator keeping her distance, you'd, uh, want a Sprinkles cupcake.

Speaking of which, Darla liked the ginger-lemon cupcake.

Technorati tags: data warehouse consulting, BI consulting, BI skills, MDM, data governance

Posted September 5, 2007 1:04 PM
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