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Information Builders Summit, Nashville TN, June 2009...

Information Builders Summit, Nashville TN, June 2009

This presentation will explore the switch from a FOCUS-based BI system to the newest Web-based technology. It will present the challenges of making the switch: the criteria for technology selection, the rationale for standardizing on WebFOCUS, and the tools used to convert the data warehouse, ETL, and suite of reports to WebFOCUS.

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Focus To Web Focus - A Paradigm Shift Presentation Transcript

  • 1. FOCUS to WebFOCUS Edan Saltz Financial Security Assurance Information Builders Summit ‘09
  • 2. Financial Security Assurance A Global Leader in Financial Guaranty Insurance We provide a broad array of financial guaranty products to municipal, asset-backed and structured finance markets Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 2
  • 3. Why Switch?  New Technologies – Web based user interface – New Reporting Options – GUI Based Tools  Loss of Support – DEC Alpha Based System – OpenVMS FOCUS Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 3
  • 4. Multiple Single Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 4
  • 5. Choosing a Replacement  Business Objects  Actuate  Cognos  Brio  WebFOCUS  OpenVMS FOCUS Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 5
  • 6. Selection Criterea  Technological Base – New vs. Older – GUI vs. 4GL Based – SQL vs. Proprietary Language  Expense – Rewrite vs. Modify – Developer retraining – Phase-out Period Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 6
  • 7. Why WebFOCUS?  Least Costly New Technology  Developer Familiarity  Easiest Phase Out of Old System  Built in Scripting Language  Lightning Fast  Single System Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 7
  • 8. Magnitude of Project  Twenty Years of Development Effort  500 Scripts to convert  Only 2 Full-time FOCUS developers  Continued Support of Legacy system Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 8
  • 9. Old System Data Reporting ETL Warehouse System • 20 Focus • Sybase Source • 250 Reports Databases • BCP Data • 200 Parameter • Historic Dumps Screens Snapshots • 60 Focexecs • Batch Reports • 1 Gig per • 140 Data • Data Feeds Snapshot Integrity Reports Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 9
  • 10. Key Issues  Production schedule  New/Updated Reports  User Support  Start Conversion in Old System Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 10
  • 11. Old System #1 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 11
  • 12. Old System #2 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 12
  • 13. Old System #3 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 13
  • 14. Old System #4 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 14
  • 15. Old System #5 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 15
  • 16. New System #1 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 16
  • 17. New System #2 Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 17
  • 18. Project Planning Toolset ETL/Batch Selection System Rollout Data Reports/ Warehouse Standards Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 18
  • 19. Toolset  UltraEdit  BeyondCompare  Command Line Interface  Batch facility  WrapApp by SRL Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 19
  • 20. UltraEdit  Programmer’s Macro Editor  Syntax highlighting  Myriad of tools  Multiple Files  Find/Change across files Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 20
  • 21. UltraEdit Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 21
  • 22. BeyondCompare  Regression Testing – Reports – FOCUS databases  Side-by-side comparison  Flexible Filters Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 22
  • 23. BeyondCompare Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 23
  • 24. Command Line Interface  Edastart –t  Interactive  Test environment  Quick queries  Developer Familiarity Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 24
  • 25. Batch Facility  T3i Type Files  ETL Engine  Batch Reports  Use existing scripts Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 25
  • 26. WrapApp by SRL  Fast development  Standard Look-and-Feel  Reusable Object Based Development Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 26
  • 27. Initial Setup  Server  WebFocus  Menu System  Test Reports Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 27
  • 28. Data Warehouse  Develop Dump/Load Routines – 40 New Scripts  Convert Snapshots  Data Integrity Reports - 140 Reports  Sample Suite of Reports Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 28
  • 29. ETL/Batch System  Convert Batch System  Convert 60 ETL Scripts  Parallel ETL Runs  Compare Data Warehouse  Data Integrity Reports Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 29
  • 30. Reports  Convert using new standards  Prioritize Based on Usage  250 Reports  Testing – Visual Inspection – Summary Tie Outs – Side-by-Side Output Compare Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 30
  • 31. New Standards  Report Styles – Heading & Footings – Style Sheets – PDF, Excel  CRT Forms  HTML Forms  Non Persistent Variables – Variables are Parameters – Eliminate Reliance on Global Variables  OpenVMS  Win2K OS Commands Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 31
  • 32. Rollout  Education – Developers – Develop Coursework – One-on-One Training  Staged Deployment – Department by Department Wednesday, June 10, 2009 FOCUS to WebFOCUS - A Paradigm Shift 32