Data. It’s a requirement Jim, but not as we know it.
Data requirements aren’t like other functional requirements. Non-data functional requirements can be relatively easily defined; ‘Registered users will be able to login to the system by providing a username and password’. They also fit easily into a prioritisation...Read More
There must be a better way to do data science than dumping the entire database every time
Let's not fill them up unless we absolutely have to. Photo: JazzBariSax When I arrived at OptimalBI 2.5 years ago I was a stereotypical standalone researcher, meaning: Don't trust any data you didn't create yourself Teams slow you down so best to go it alone...Read More
Gathering data requirements, easy, right? Part 2
Last time I wrote a short blog on the type of person who should be at the forefront of gathering data requirements and intimated that there is a particular technique that should be used. I should say from the outset that for a large chunk of my career I gathered...Read More
Machine, Process and Human Generated Data
BI Modal Courses and Conferences When I can make the time I find it useful to attend conferences and courses. I try and mix up the things I attend to combine both events that are in the BI domain and events that are outside the BI domain as I always seem to find...Read More
Gathering data requirements, easy, right?
Gathering any form of requirements is hard work. I know, I’ve been there. But gathering data requirements takes a special person and, as I’ve learnt, a particular technique. Mostly this job gets foisted onto a Business Analyst, but maybe you’re a Developer, Data...Read More
Surfacing the right conflict generates useful data requirements
Be glad you're not the pianist accompanying this duet. Photo: twitter.com/Patrick_J_Egan Our daily news is filled with people screaming at each other. Sometimes this is because their values differ fundamentally, but more often one person said something carelessly, the...Read More
How do data requirements differ from other requirements?
Requirements fall into two distinct categories; non-functional and functional. Non-functional requirements define how the system should behave, things like performance, scalability, capacity, availability, reliability, etc. These tend to be the ones ‘the business’...Read More
Data Replication: SSIS or Attunity?
I was working with MS SSIS for almost four years before I bumped into Attunity Replicate. At first glance it looks like the two products can do the same job, they both are able to copy the data across different environments. Let's have a closer look. Attunity...Read More
Visiting Lawrence Corr, the man behind the method
During my family holiday to London in June we were invited to visit beautiful Yorkshire in Northern England to spend a day with Lawrence Corr, inventor of the Agile Business Requirements gathering method OptimalBI (and many of our customers) have embraced - BEAM* or...Read More