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AgileBI vs BEAM✲ vs Modelstorming

Feeling out of your element, dude? Let me explain. Photo: Ginger Williams-Cook We've been blogging a lot recently about AgileBI, BEAM✲ and Modelstorming, and we use those terms somewhat interchangeably. I'll use this post to help you through the maze of terminology....

Don't start your project with code

Don't start your project with code

Ever needed to make sense of 13 million files?  Shaun did.  Where to start?  Start by thinking about the business, rather than the data.  Think about Who in the business Does What? My brief I was given complete discretion on how to turn millions of files into useful...

Your Agile data warehouse starts with: Who does what?

Your Agile data warehouse starts with: Who does what?

Where do you start a data project? Often we want to 'get into the data'. After all, we are data people; we got into this space because we like data.  That isn't what Shaun did while working for a customer last year on a project that needed him to make sense of 13...

Don't start your project with code

Cool, I found that date field I was looking for on line 8! But also on line 9...damn...what now? Source: author's collection. A natural way for data people to start our projects is to "just get in to the data and see what's there." Almost every week, in fact, I tell a...

What makes a good business rule?

Good luck parsing these rules into your data warehouse! Source: Wikipedia You may have noticed some posts appearing about Optimal Data Engine (ODE), our open-source and language-agnostic tool for better data warehousing. Aside from the technical breakthroughs, what...