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The Changing World, Part 4

Originally published November 16, 2006

Editor's note: This is the final installment in this four-part series. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series are available on the BI Network.

Another Perspective
The preceding discussions have focused on the technical details of why Kalido presents an important and novel approach to the building and management of data warehouses. But there is another perspective that is important. Organizations that use Kalido experience an important, constructive and unexpected bonus. Organizations that use Kalido find that over time, the relations between IT and the business community improve, often dramatically so. The reason for this improvement in the relationships between IT and the business community is that the IT organization can respond very, very quickly to changes in business requirements. 

Figure 1 shows the time lag between the moment that a business requirement has changed in the world of business and the length of time that the IT department takes to respond to the change.

Figure 1

The diamond in Figure 1 indicates that a change in business requirements has occurred. The response by IT is shown by the box. The length of time that has transpired is indicated by the dotted line and arrow. It is noteworthy that the length of time indicated by the dotted line and arrow measures how long IT and the business are out of phase. 

Now consider what happens when business changes come in at a rate that exceeds the ability of IT to respond to the changes. Figure 2 shows this circumstance. 

Figure 2

Figure 2 shows that IT cannot keep up with the changes in business requirements. The request for changes wrought by business requirements exceeds the rate at which IT can meet the demand. The result is that the IT department is perpetually “out of phase” with the business. The net result of this set of circumstances is the case where IT earns a reputation as being divorced from business. IT is thought to be unresponsive to business needs. Figure 3 shows this perception. 

Figure 3

Now consider what happens when the development life cycle can be significantly shortened, as is the case with Kalido. Figure 4 shows the effect of a greatly shortened development life cycle.

Figure 4

Figure 4 shows that with a greatly diminished development cycle, IT can keep up with the rate of change of business. And when IT can keep up with the rate of change, the relationship between IT and business greatly improves.

  • Bill InmonBill Inmon

    Bill is universally recognized as the father of the data warehouse. He has more than 36 years of database technology management experience and data warehouse design expertise. He has published more than 40 books and 1,000 articles on data warehousing and data management, and his books have been translated into nine languages. He is known globally for his data warehouse development seminars and has been a keynote speaker for many major computing associations.

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