Aug 10, 2010

BI Valuenomics now in Print

BI Valuenomics is now available in Print.

Google   [ISBN, 9781449080198]   to find / buy the book
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Book Title: BI Valuenomics – The story of meeting Business Expectations in Business Intelligence

The first Business Intelligence book written from the ground up for Business Users with an actionable roadmap to ‘Meeting Business Expectations in BI initiatives’, it is agnostic of platform or technology but dealt with the fundamentals of DW and BI.

Initial Reader comments:- (All from the back cover of the book)

“Gartner identified the enigma to BI Success. Hari provides a clear roadmap to attain it” 

“This book hits the bull’s-eye on the main challenge facing corporate BI today, ...from being technology centric to business driven with a BI strategy thought process…”

“Perfectly timed, surgically focused insights . Just when we were lost in our BI investments Hari shows us the Business focused path out of the confusion”

“Every C level executive focused on a positive ROI from BI needs to read this book, it will BI ensure success…” 

I look forward to your comments and  clarifications.

Best Regards

Hari Guleria
Author of BI Valuenomics
(408) 835-9552

Aug 2, 2010

What OLAP to use with SAP BW

Just came out of a meeting where the Houston based customer needs to make a OLAP delivery decision. They have been using BW for the last 3 years and are now migrating to Business Objects OLAP.

Decision 1 whether to stay with BEx reporting or move it all to BO

My recommendations:
1. There are many reports that are best run via the BW.
   a. Where performance is bad the customer had a BW Accelerator installed.
   b. I disagree with SAP’s recommendations that there is no modeling required for BW Accelerator
       i. BW Accelerator is a very expensive appliance and modeling can decrease BW footprint anywhere
          from 20 to 60%. This means reduction of blades by 20 to 60%, or being able to put 20 – 60% more
          cubes into the same number of blades.
      ii. The first choice should be to model for performance. We demonstrated increasing some DSO reports
          performance from 517 seconds to under 20 seconds in under 2 days of automated modeling. This is
          with no BWA or any hardware changes.
2. There are many reports that run more efficiently in Business Objects
    a. Core strength is Ad-Hoc capabilities
    b. Second core strength is Remote query capabilities
    c. Selection is critical
   d. Use Xcelsius for standalone visualization
    e. Use WebI for remote query capabilities and ad-hoc reporting
    f. Use Crystal Reports for fixed pixel reporting and fixed format reporting
The key once again is that OLAP deployment must not be simply a technology decision but that of business needs with OLAP becoming a competitive service provider to meet business needs.

1st Published Book is now in my hands

The first printed book is now in my hands and the full-blown publish date is but a week or two away at the maximum. The only component with 1 change is the cover.

BI Valuenomics is the first BI book written only for the business in the BI environment. Business executives, business owners, business analysts and business users.

One business owner promised to read the book with a question “..but I may not understand it..”

My answer to her was as follows “You should be able to understand and relate to almost every page. This book has no technical content and it is agnostic of any technology or platform. It is an actionable roadmap for business stakeholders, that every reader should be able to understand” If a business stakeholder cannot understand a page then I have failed in that page”. My 19 year old son, currently studying management could understand almost every page in the book.
The book will be available in the coming week or two and I will then send everyone the link to the publisher site.
Welcome to the world of ‘Meeting Business Expectations in BI’

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