I lead a double life. My area of specialty is business intelligence (BI). In the early mornings, lunch hours and evenings I live in the BI world. However, for quite some time now, during normal work hours Im an application architect on a large CRM implementation effort. When I initially became involved in this CRM implementation, I was a little worried about leaving BI and losing my edge, but as CRM and BI are often tightly intertwined I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to experience the business intelligence life cycle from a different perspective.
This implementation is very large and integrates multiple applications and data sources. As the project progressed, it rapidly swept me into the realm of message-driven EAI and service-based architectures. I soon realized it was going to take me far, far away from BI. I was however, very surprised that it brought me back full circle to some of what I thought were BI-specific problems and solutions.
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