Cisco’s winning ISA entry is a classic enterprise data warehouse overhaul, albeit on a larger than typical scale. The migration involved more than 300 FTEs including 150 ETL architects/developers, 75 BI architects/developers, 10 DBAs, 20 project managers and 20 SMEs. Over the course of the project, the user audience has evolved from 6,000 to more than 20,000 business users.

The new platform is a single scalable enterprise platform, a consolidated view accessible from multiple development environments with “dual-active” production systems for BI, populated with fresher data and mobile access/visualization. “Our business continuity layer is active so we have two production systems and we can access data anytime,” says Shankar Pagidimarri, IT manager, Cisco Systems. If one goes down the second is always available so users always get data. Most of our dashboards are available for mobile devices so they can access anytime, anywhere.”

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