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:
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
Recently, 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.
Posted June 1, 2010 9:52 PM
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