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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)
Interesting comments. Do you wish to meet 100% of business needs, or will 80% do? Time spent getting it perfect may be the difference between satisfaction and no job - the company loses out through lack of ability to react (solution not ready). Also, regarding a "con" issue, differentiation comes from action taken upon analysis, rarely upon the advantage of having perfect information - since as soon as you have your 100% fit, the business realises it needs more data!
Posted by Martin W | Wednesday, February 03 2010 at 6:59AM ET
The challenge as always in creating information systems that can deliver tangible value and benefits to an organisation is how closely the business and IT functions work together to provide both business and departmental strategies and objectives, but also a true reflection of the data's 'fit for purpose' state. Having delivered solutions for some of the largest grocery retailers in this space both using in-house designed models and vendor purchased models the question that I always get asked is how do I choose what is right for me? We have found 3 key questions help to point you in the right direction: -

1. How many business entities or separate P&L's are to be users and contributors (data and intellectual) to the solution? - Parent organisations delivering a solution for lots of smaller 'independently' run businesses will find that their data won't integrate easily into vendor models in key subject areas unless the business is prepared to be quite brutal in making decisions 2. How well are the business requirements defined to enable design - If the delivery team is saying there not sure how to model based on the requirements purchasing models really help kick-start the project 3. Where is the business value of the vendor model - often vendor offerings will provide both the warehouse and associated marts, if a majority of the value is in the marts or analytical tables it is critical the warehouse model is not customized too much as that customization will need to be replicated throughout the solution

Posted by Chris C | Thursday, February 04 2010 at 6:45AM ET
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