Jun 22, 2011

Is one execptional person worth 200 mediocre ones

Facebook CEO Mark Zukerburg recently stated that 'Someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good" he continued, "exceptional people are a hundred times better than mediocre people.

This resonates with what Netscapes cofounder once said "The gap between what a highly productive person can do and what an average person can do is getting bigger and bigger", he continued "Five great programmers can completely outperform 1,000 mediocre developers".

In a BI project the question becomes your exceptional person should be a technical developer on the team, the architect or the project manager. Should he be the business value owner or the BI Business value architect.

The second question is that can a single prima-donna provide a strategic BI solution if they are not a team player, or is it important to sound like a symphony with teaming and joint solutions led by an exceptional person.

The key to companies selling BI products lies in a proven solution. 1 for the outside and one for the inside.
The same rule applies in BI projects. One person dealing with business and one technical lead taking ownership of ensuring that all business proposals are based on technical reality.

 "After examining the careers of more than 160 star BI rsources, and conducting more than two hundred frank interviews, we came  to a striking conclusion: star BI resources / analysts who are technology facing an immediate and lasting decline in their BI deliverables / performance. Their earlier excellence appears to have depended heavily on their former firms' general and proprietary resources, organizational cultures, networks, and technical colleagues. There are a few exceptions, such as stars that move with their teams and stars that switch to working with business to define lasting solutions. Female stars tend to  outperform their male counterparts. But most stars who come from a technical background turn out to be only 'technology is king' meteors, quickly losing luster in their new BI settings."

So your exceptional person has to be solution focused. As the solution of BI lies in business needs - the person must be business focused.

May 11, 2011

Abridged “BI VALUENOMICS – CxO” now available on Kindle in under 70 pages

Could become the most critical 70 pages you read in 2011.

Based on the recommendation from a VP at Oracle a new abridged version of BI Valuenomics is now available on Kindle. SAP is supporting the original book in the US with webinars and conference presentations. It is under 70 pages and contains the critical path to BI success. It is agnostic of any platform.

It is written from the ground up for non technical business stakeholders and has close to ‘Zero’ technical footprint. So business folks read this and BI folks find out how to make your BI ‘Business Compliant’

For US Customer: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00501N4RA

For UK Customers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00501N4RA

For German Customers: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00501N4RA
Should not take more than a few hours to read and this is the beginning of

“Without business in business intelligence, BI is dead" Gartner 2011.
Find out how business can take control based on proven scientific principles.
and based on findings that
"98% of BI projects are successful on week 1 of Go-Live, yet only 50% remain successful by week 10"  Valuenomics 2010. (the 50% success factor is once again Gartner in their 2007 report on BI)
discover Why BI projects fail after week 2-3 at an average rate of 50%.
Download Kindle for PC's at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

New comment posted to Authorhouse (publishers)

"BI Valuenomics lay the foundation of the principles of Business Intelligence, based on scientific facts and not merely assumptions. It is an actionable roadmap to BI success, something that I thought was a desirable position but not necessarily attainable. Hari has broken down the components of BI into a critical path of milestones and business checks, without speaking of the technology at all. We have been looking at the BI pyramid from the wrong side all along and BI Valuenomics rights all this in one single shot. His new book BI valuenomics-CxO is prefectly written for a CxO that does not have the time to read a 400+ page book and gives still a higher filteration to the critical success factor. A must read for all critical stakeholders, especially all the business stakeholders like steering committee members.

Alexander Paleologoes

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May 10, 2011

New 'BI Valuenomics- CxO coming out

In a week or so the new 'BI valuenomics CxO' abridged version of BI Valuenomics is being released. It condenses BI Valuenomics to under 70 pages and will be available on Kindle

Mar 15, 2011

Our Prayers go to the Japanese people

Please take a moment to pray for the people of Japan and what they ae going through.

Donate to the red cross

Mar 14, 2011

CxO version of BI Valuenomics 75-80 page - abridged version

The CFO of a fortune 500 company suggested that BI Valuenomics be released in an abridged version for CxO's.
I always thought my book was written for CxO's, from the start but then realized it was meant more for Business Stakeholders, i.e. people who need to sign documents and commitments and contracts in a BI project.

So wait for the BI Valuenomics CxO version to be released soon, easy read and even a CxO should be able to read this one..

Expected date for release is April 15th 2011
Media - currently planned for Kindle

Mar 5, 2011

What are people saying about Valuenomics methodology

Customer comments on BVA principles applied in BI Projects.
BVA is Business Value Attainment
or Meet Business Expectations in BI methodology
 " The field is very pleased with the new BI tools you have provided and you were able to introduce Business Objects into the main stream at .  This was no small task." PMO at client site

" I have never wanted to get up and hug a vendor before" CEO on a new BOBJ projects

"I am getting goose bumps with what you are showing me here" CIO on Xcelsius Dashboards

"This new BOBJ implementation Lance told me was, in his opinion, the best innovation for our Division in the last ten years and will be a time saver and a more reliable business tool for use with customers. Thanks to your team for giving us this exciting new tool." Director Sales

" My thanks to all on the entire project process. Even before these last updates and improvements the comments from the users has been totally over the top!!!' VP Sales on the Week 10 audit after go-live

"On behalf of the field, you have developed an excellent and " field sales friendly" business tool that will help us all greatly for years to come. Again, thank you for your hard work and listening to us all before building the solution." Field Sales Manager

Jan 4, 2011

Will HANA replace SAP BW

The big question I was asked at the BITI Conference, at TechEd and have received emails on is the one stated above.

The official statement is and absolute NO. BW is a data warehouse and HANA is a database the data warehouse runs on. 
For acceleration one can use BW Accelerator
For Hyper Acceleration once can use HANA stand-alone or put your BW on HANA.

We have been hearing and implementing Real-Time Analytics for long now. But now we ae faced with what 'True-Real-Time-Analytics as all about.
 Yes we can do simple transforms in HANA but what it comes to complex analytics and executive informatics then BW is the only way. Remember no large company is ever run on simple reports. Nowadays even small companies run on very complex analytics and forecasting models

SO BW is here to stay and if you look a little closer it is only becoming stronger.

  • HANA reports can be deployed by SQL, BW or BOBJ. SO BW Becomes stringer
  • BO Reports from ECC can be only deployed via BW. So BW becomes stronger
  • BW Reports ae the foundation for all BOBJ SAP reporting and analytics. SO BW becomes stronger
  • WebI and Crystal reports from SAP apps can no longer go via universes, only direct BW.
  • Need we say more...

  •  A lot of companies cannot afford BW Accelerators. So we should assume a lot of companies may not be able to afford HANA
  • If everyone cannot afford HANA then SAP is not going to shut down BW as their data warehouse
  • SAP can never mandate that all customers must HENCEFORTH get BW only on HANA. SO BW will remain as it is
  • Infact a lot of customer may need BW Accelerator and not take the HANA jump so BW and BW Accelerator is here to stay