Volume 3, Issue 3 - March 2009 Edition

Monthly Columnists

You may be wondering what in the world are “Scrum Fanatics?” And why should you beware of them? And what is Scrum anyway? Scrum is an agile software development method. What’s so bad about that? Nothing, as long as you use it for software development projects and not for business integration projects. Isn’t a data warehouse a software development project? No, it isn’t. It’s a business integration project. Scrum, or any other feature-driven software development method, is not the right methodology for data-driven business integration projects.

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Like many analytics solutions, dashboards and scorecards are thought of in many varying ways from organization to organization or individual to individual. Just the terms alone often have varying definitions. One interesting way for developers and analysts to look at dashboards and scorecards is based on their level of interactive functionality. Should dashboards and scorecards be interactive in all cases? Many feel that dashboards and scorecards are always interactive, while many others feel that they should never be interactive.

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Data quality is like the weather: many people talk about it but few address its challenges. Data governance can play an active role in the improvement of an organization’s data quality and develop a permanent role in the management of the organization’s data.

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Letter From The Editor

The March issue of EIMInsight looks at the value of a data warehouse, the benefits of interactive analytics and the role of data governance as it relates to data quality and the organizational management of data.

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