BI meets BIS

I am in Miami today and I am speaking at the Innovation World conference organized by Software AG. The title of my speech is Business Intelligence meets Business Infrastructure Soſtware and here are my slides.

Making Good Data Level 1 Platform of Global SOA

I intentionally mixed two concepts in the title of this article. The first one is the concept of Internet platform as defined by Marc Andreessen here. And the second one is the Global SOA: the non-visual data and services portion of the World Wide Web. So what does it take to make Good Data a Level 1 platform and make it a good SOA citizen? Here is my list of interfaces:

Upstream APIs (REST/Atom):

Data integration processes access the following APIs to manage the data/metadata flow from the transactional systems into the hosted datawarehouse

– Physical model definition and management
– Bulk data import (CSV, XLS, XML)
– Event driven data load (feeds, ESBs)

Downstream APIs (REST/Atom/JavaScript):

Enterprise application (wikis, mashups, dashboards) use these APIs access the modeling, analytics and collaboration features of the platform

– Logical model definition and management (Attributes, Dimensions, Hierarchies)
– Report creation and execution
Metrics definition and modification
– Collaboration: tagging, comments, search

Federation APIs

Support for OAuth, OpenID, and others.

I am sure this is not a complete list and I even wonder what BI/DataWarehousing features could be provided by Level 2 platform…

Hypertransparency of information

The May issue of Harvard Business Review contains an interesting article on future of leadership: Leadership’s Online
Labs. The main assumption here is that decision making in global teams — partly composed of people from outside the institution, over whom a leader has no formal authority — is analogous to the leadership seen today in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (Eve Online, EverQuest, and World of Warcraft). And one of the main requirements for success of these geographically diverse groups is the “hypertransparency of information”:

Unlike a corporate dashboard that is located on a handful of computers at headquarters, with access limited to the senior executive team, these personal, view-as-you-go game cockpits give people in the field access to information as soon as it is available. That, in turn, allows game players to act on it without waiting for instructions from a guild leader. What’s more, the information allows players to assume impromptu leadership roles as needed.

I like the idea of calling our BI client the “impromptu leader’s dashboard”!

IBM buying Cognos

This famous Data General advertisment (it actually never ran) is over 25 years old, but after a small update it can be used even today:

They Say IBM’s Entry Into On Demand BI Will Legitimize The Market. The Bastards Say, Welcome.