Welcome Changing Requirements, Even Late in Development!

June 20, 2016

We were taught in grammar school that every good story has a beginning, middle and end. Except for Infinite Jest, but that’s a different story. So here’s a short story, with a beginning, middle and end. It is a classical tragedy about gathering business requirements. Beginning “I can’t tell you what I want, but I’ll… Read More »

Implementing Teradata Temporal in a Physical Data Model using ERwin

June 15, 2016

There is no question that a database-supported temporal implementation gives Teradata users a powerful tool, because the time dimension has been added to data management and query processing. For the business user, the ability to ask more sophisticated time-based questions from their data warehouse, and receive more insightful answers, can yield a distinct competitive advantage.… Read More »

Waves of Agile Development: Thinking Outside the “Potentially Shippable” Box

June 15, 2016

In previous blogs I spoke about the distinction between agile development for analytics and agile development for software applications (the domain where the agile concepts were created). By way of review, I discussed how analytics should not be driven by the end game of potentially shippable features, because, business stakeholders for analytic solutions are not… Read More »

A Bad Project Gone Good: A Case Study

June 3, 2016

A few years back our team had the occasion to help one of the largest retailers in the world by bringing an agile style of development to solve a major problem. To set the context, over a 15-year period this company had turned out a traditional, source-driven, integrated data warehouse. The director acknowledged that throughout… Read More »

Agile Development for Analytic Solutions

May 27, 2016

With every mistake, we must surely be learning, Still my guitar gently weeps—George Harrison  Our agile center of expertise has consulted and collaborated with many organizations implementing agile development for analytics. What is somewhat astonishing to me is that many of these companies began by jumping first into a framework, like Scrum, and then building… Read More »

How Can You Supplement Your Data Strategy?

April 28, 2016

When it comes to implementing business solutions in the cloud, most companies seem to have an “either-or” policy: they seem to think it either makes sense for them or not. But one thing many IT decision-makers tend to overlook is that cloud capabilities are not actually “all-in” or “nothing at all”. Increasingly, cloud and cloud-like… Read More »

Why CFOs Are Thinking Cloud

March 4, 2016

Finance is one of the last major business functions to get serious about adopting cloud technology. Despite the potential cost efficiencies, the risk-averse nature of many finance organizations puts CFOs at risk of being late to the cloud party. This is changing. Cloud technology today is mature enough –and secure enough – to merit CFOs’… Read More »

Let’s Be Clear: DevOps and the Agile Approach

March 2, 2016

If you are a curious individual then, like me, when you hear a new buzzword of occupational interest, you Google it and try to understand what it really means and how it fits into what you do. Right? More important, you want to know how you can apply this to your everyday work life to… Read More »

The Joy of Data Viz: The Data You Weren’t Looking For

December 8, 2015

“A good sketch is better than a long speech” – Napoléon Bonaparte I recently came across this quote on the opening page of Phil Simons’ book,  “The Visual Organization, Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions.” It is available online. Data visualization, or Data Viz as it is often referred to, is… Read More »

A One Day Accounting Close? Utopia via People, Process, & Technology

November 30, 2015

The pressure for an accelerated accounting close can be relentless, as evidenced by the $1.3 billion Toshiba accounting scandal this spring. The electronic manufacturing giant admitted it had overstated profits by $1.3 billion going back to fiscal 2008/2009. An accounting probe in July led to the CEO and several board members resigning and a 30… Read More »