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John Myers

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Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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June 2010 Archives

How many times in the telecom industry has the opportunity of a business intelligence or data warehousing project been passed because of the following statement from the IT Department?

“That will take 12–18 months implement…”

Or this one from the business stake-holders?

“Sorry my requirements have changed and we need something else…”

From the people that I have talked to in the telecom industry, these situations are far too prevalent.  These delays and results from standard development life-cycles get in the way of implementing good solid business intelligence and data warehousing solutions.

For a long time, I have firmly believed that the ability to use agile development techniques in BI/DW was the key to effective implementations.  And much like the quote from Voltaire that:

The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

I believe that a continuous flow of “good” results from a business intelligence environment can provide a much greater value than a “perfect” or “great” solution offered by traditional ‘waterfall’ development techniques.  It is the the quick turnaround iterations of agile development cycles that enable the type of responsiveness that I believe BI/DW teams need to provide value-added services to their business stake-holders in particular in the world of telecommunications industry BI/DW implementations.

An Agile Enabler

WherescapeRecently, I had the opportunity to hear from Wherescape and about how the Wherescape Red product supports agile development techniques for data warehousing in terms of both development and documentation.

Instead of “bluntly” using the 80/20 Rule to enable only the “80% functionality” of data warehousing implementations with their GUI and code generation tools, Wherescape enables not just the “good”, but enables those organizations who strive to “great”.  Wherescape Red allows BI/DW teams with specialized requirements, or the “20%” functionality of data warehouse implementations, to utilize agile development as well without losing the ability to rapidly implement the next iteration of an agile cycle.

In addition to these agile development facilities, Wherescape enables BI/DW teams to provide documentation and information on their designs and result sets without the delay of scripting techniques.  Instead of placing an supported and heavy documentation role in the development process, Wherescape allows BI/DW teams to “document” as they go and provide those documentation results with the touch of a button.

This not only encourages development teams to fully document their work, but enables an organization’s Data Governance efforts to work with a “lighter touch” as to their data quality and lineage processes as well.

Faster Results for Telecom

In my opinion, Wherescape brings agile techniques, and their associated results, to BI/DW teams to those ready to embrace faster and more responsive results for their business and management stake-holders.

For telecom BI/DW organizations, this is key since the pace of the telecommunications business is increasing at an amazing rate.  Those who embrace agile techniques will find themselves providing the type of value-add BI/DW solutions that will keep pace with the evolution of telecom products and services.


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