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February 16, 2006


Graham Boundy

I can't tell you how many projects I've been involved with where the technologists lose sight of the fact that the business is driving the demand and paying for their services.

What's the difference between a terrorist and a data modeller? You can negotiate with a terrorist.

But this also highlights one of the challenges of this BI and DW business.

Maintaining control over complexity can only be done through structure. As technologists we know, live and breath this fact of life. But how much structure is enough? How much is too much? It all comes down to a question of balance -- we always have to remember to balance the businesses need for information with the cost associated with storing and managing that information in a way the business can afford.

At the same time the business needs to be aware of the future costs they will incur if the information is captured and stored in a haphazard and expedient way without regard for reuse, future growth, or a broader enterprise wide view of the business problem.

What's the minimum we need to do to meet both agendas?

Rex Lee

Although it is about the business. That's not to say the business needs to be the initiator... In Fact, If all you do is live by being "customer focused" you will miss out on many opportunities. This has been a key point to the works of Clayton Christensen. That is, that companies find it hard to invest in disruptive technology, those that have low margins and their customers don't want...until they want them.. And then it's too late... It doesn't just pertain to "technology" it can be applied to any innovation...

My point? It is about the business... NOT just being responsive to the business.

Stephen Hayward

Thanks for bringing up Christensen. As anyone that follows disruptive innovation has read he and Clayton's book "The Innovator's Solution" is a must read. I just pulled it off the shelf and will give it a re-read.

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