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Pros and Cons of Using a Vendor Provided Analytical Data Model in Your BI Implementation


The following question comes from many of our clients: what are some of the advantages and risks of implementing a vendor provided analytical logical data model at the start of any Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing or other Information Management initiatives? Some quick thoughts on pros and cons:

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Comments (20)
Dear Boris,

I think no standard model/approach for modeling and designing the DW systems adopted by vendors. Each vendor have their own methods and tools. However, building DW from scratch and by your own is not smart, but helps from experiences vendors are crucial important in order our DW systems developed successfully. So, my opinion the users need well understand what is BI and DW all about, and discuss with vendor what approach is suit for your requirements ... and get commitment from the management to implement it. Indeed, analysis requirements from the perspectives of goal and decision maker are priority to ensure the value of information is well pressing.

Posted by Azman T | Tuesday, February 02 2010 at 8:43PM ET
In general, vendor-provided frameworks in very well-defined problem domains can work well. Frameworks for anything with any lack of rigor and standardization fare much less well. BI frameworks are much more likely to fall on the less-well rather than on the more-well defined end of the spectrum. Enterprise ERP and CRM experience should provide a healthy dose of skepticism for anyone considering adopting a pre-constructed model. Any start-up advantages offered by a framework are likely to be squandered in the struggles to make adapt it to the organization's real information models. Unwinding and rewinding an established model to fit can be taxing to experienced professionals, and overwhelming for those less experienced. It's usually a much better idea to have some experienced professionals develop a high quality model in the first place, implementing the essential model without creating cruft that will obfuscate things going forward.
Posted by CHRIS G | Tuesday, February 02 2010 at 8:59PM ET
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