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

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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)
What about the cost of "Building your own Model" Vs. "customizing a Vendor Model". I have seen customers who have adopted Vendor Model and doing well, but yes they are really worried about future changes they have to incorporate. Some customer tried using Vendor model and ended up customizing 80% of it, but worth doing as they had something to get started. I am not sure about the "Cost" factor in long run, any comment on the cost effectiveness. In my experience my preference will be to deliver the first set of KPI using a vendor model(if its freely available) and then build my own as companhy realize the benefit of DW/BI.
Posted by anup k | Wednesday, February 03 2010 at 5:29AM ET
Hi Boris

well the pro's cvan do you some good at the start but in the end it is a hell of job to adapt such models to your real business world. And in the long run you have the same problems when you need to change your business information model due to changing business conditions compared to building a model from scratch. In my experience it is much better to adopt modeling techniques like eg DataVault because it will give you means to reduce the length of a development/change cycle. And it is still better to use Kalido (and i'm not paid by them; it is just based on experience)as this tool use a generic datamodel "under the motorhood" and (re)generates you information model. Just a pity that there are no more suppliers offering similar functionality. Flexibility,the capacity to adapt and minimal leadtimes are crucial in building and maintaining a model.

Posted by ad s | Wednesday, February 03 2010 at 5:38AM ET
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