Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Vision And Progress


Published on

You can spend a lot of time and money chasing BI, but if you can\'t articulate how BI fits into your company\'s vision, you may never get what you\'re looking for.

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Vision And Progress

  1. 1. Vision and Progress How to wind up where we wanted to be
  2. 2. Tendencies <ul><li>We fail to appreciate the problem space. </li></ul><ul><li>We make unwarranted assumptions based on personal experience. </li></ul><ul><li>We homogenize the terrain based on what we see everyday. </li></ul>Schematic (model)
  3. 3. Learning (building the database) <ul><li>We recognize that we need more information. </li></ul><ul><li>We survey the available data. </li></ul><ul><li>We select the data that seems most applicable. </li></ul><ul><li>We find that it’s all pretty flat and identify the areas where it is especially steep. </li></ul>Topography
  4. 4. Just to Be Safe Photograph
  5. 5. Then Our Feet Hit The Ground Approximately one square mile somewhere on our map.
  6. 6. Now We’re In It <ul><li>Where are we? It’s flat but it’s a swamp. It’s impossible to go in a straight line. The mosquitoes are ferocious. </li></ul><ul><li>Where are we going? Out. Which way is that? </li></ul><ul><li>Without map, compass, vision, we begin to move toward “out”. </li></ul><ul><li>Lost people in this situation always find themselves back where they started. If they recognize it. The tendency is to make a big circle. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Have We Learned <ul><li>Businesses need data, generate data. </li></ul><ul><li>Database systems (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Sybase, Ingres…) are useful for “managing” data. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Data Warehouses” can tell us more about the information locked up in our data. </li></ul><ul><li>Certain skills and tools are useful in navigating the data. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Being Lost One of our worst traits as humans is our ability to deny to ourselves that we are lost.  We wander around, we convince ourselves that it will be up ahead on the next turn, or if I go that way.  The unfamiliar becomes familiar until we have lead ourselves down a path so far that we have to do the unthinkable, ask for directions. http://www. outdoorplaces .com/Features/Backcountry/lost. htm
  9. 9. Vision Makes A Difference The Transcontinental Railroad required a vision.
  10. 10. Sure, Let’s Build a Railroad
  11. 11. What Do You Mean?
  12. 12. Vision Created The Possibility <ul><li>Many railroads were already built where it was easy to build. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision generated the project(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Competition and timetables generated ideas, technologies, plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Success generated proliferation. </li></ul><ul><li>The vision made it all possible. </li></ul>
  13. 13. BI: Commodity to Resource <ul><li>Vision: Useful and trusted information when, where, and how I need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Not just any handful of kernels but the exact set of kernels that will be most useful to me now. </li></ul>
  14. 14. First WHAT Then HOW <ul><li>All of the buzzwords that we deal with every day represent HOW concepts. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data warehouse (DW/EDW), Data Store (ODS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference, Master, Meta Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stewardship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dashboard, Scorecard, Analytic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But we still haven’t defined the WHAT. </li></ul>
  15. 15. You guys start coding. I’ll go find out what they want. This “plan” may be the most dominant one in use today. It seems that virtually everyone’s goal may be stated as “If you can’t be busy, at least look busy.” Whose job is it to define a Vision? A person who requires a vision will have one. Who doesn’t require a vision? No vision is needed if you’re just along for the ride. No vision is needed if you don’t care what happens and any result will do.
  16. 16. If they’re good they’re working toward a vision. Is it yours? Do you know what it is? How comfortable are you with that?
  17. 17. Even the tools are determined by the vision.
  18. 18. Confused About BI?
  19. 19. BI can be built for you <ul><li>But you have to define the context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For your business or department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your specific concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The kinds of action you want to be able to take </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or we can inventory the data that is available and suggest what is possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is more excited and creative in the presence of The BI Vision. </li></ul>
  20. 20. WhiteLake Data Management