Ralph Hughes talks agile data warehousing with TDWI

Melissa Parrish from TDWI stopped by our Kalido booth at the TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas to catch up Ralph Hughes. They chatted about some takeaways from his book “Agile Data Warehousing” and what he has planned for the future. Read more

Summing up Kalido announcements at Teradata PARTNERS 2010

Kalido made a number of announcements at the Teradata PARTNERS 2010 Conference this week. I’ve talked to several attendees in our booth and in private meetings with industry analysts, and the response has been great! Read more

How to build a business model

In my last post I included a video that gave you a tour of a business model that was already built. This post includes a new video about how to build the model from scratch, and how it relates to a specific business event that everyone can understand. This video is much more high level and gives you a better idea on how to approach building a model. Read more

Make your data warehouse built to last

When you hear something is built to last, what do you think? You might think of it as sturdy, solid and holds up to wear and tear. Those are great attributes for a building or a truck. But are those the attributes you want to think about when you want a data warehouse that is built to last? Read more

Build it fast – Automate for speed

In thinking about the concept of agility in data warehousing, I got to wondering if it is possible to achieve agility and flexibility if it can’t be done quickly. I previously posted about building it right, but what about building it fast? Read more

Does information management agility require new tools?

In my first blog post, I questioned whether performance and capacity was really the most important thing for data warehousing, and I suggested that agility and flexibility ought to be considered a more important topic. Some recent research from Boris Evelson and a blog post from Jim Kobielus, analysts at Forrester Research, underscore the benefits of an agile approach, both in data warehousing and business intelligence tools as well as in methodology. Read more

EMC buys Greenplum: Right answer, wrong question

EMC announced last week they had acquired Greenplum, makers of an MPP analytic database, for an undisclosed sum. According to Dave Kellogg’s blog the valuation of Greenplum could have been as much as $300 to $400 million, and for a young startup, it is a fabulous exit and was for sure the right answer for them. Read more

Willy Wonka and the Data Factory

Over the weekend, my 5th grader and about 80 of his classmates performed a brilliant rendition of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Most know this as a childhood fable of a humble child given the opportunity of a lifetime by passing a series of character tests. Those failing the tests are prototypical examples of greed, avarice, sloth, etc- my guess is if they had tried to cover all seven deadly sins the movie would have been too long. Anyway, as Mike TeeVee was decomposed into a million bits by WonkaVision and sent over the airwaves to become the first kid transmitted by television, it struck me that this process has a direct correlation to how data is managed in the enterprise. Read more

Bridging the Business-IT Gap: Can you avoid the toll?

How many times have you heard this from IT; “… if the business would just tell us what their REAL requirements are, we could deliver systems that support their goals”, or this; “If IT would just listen to our requirements, they could deliver a system that finally gives us what we want”. What is the big problem between these two organizations and why can’t they get it together? IT departments need to think like a service organization; and business users need to understand their role in getting quality service. Read more