CoffeeCAST – #5 – Working Data Store

Welcome to the 5th Episode of Coffee Conversations with Stephen Hayward of Project X. Today I welcome my business partner Graham Boundy, co-founder of Project X and the head of our Data Warhousing practice in regards to a method of getting the data into the hands of the user leveragin

CoffeeCAST – #4 – Profitability Analysis with Howard Morton

Welcome to the 4th Episode of Coffee Conversations with Stephen Hayward of Project X. Today we will be talking with Howard Morton, Managing Partner of Boardwalk International Advisors (www.bia-inc).  In today’s conversation we will be talking about the following: Howard’s

Encrypting the Data Warehouse

I ran across a great article today published by the DM Review by Mark Thiessen "Encrypting the Data Warehouse".    In the article he breaks down the areas of import and the drivers for consideration. I like how he asks the question can it be done and then breaks tw

Data Access Governance

In some conversations that Project X has had with vendors as well as customers over the past couple of months, I have found some interesting insights as a result of Service Oriented Architecture and it’s import on good data access governance and some of the opportunities that pr

What is Content to You

I was in a meeting this week and we started talking about Enterprise Information Management.  Somehow we got onto a track about, what is this and then what is the information that we are managing? It got me to thinking about some experiences both while at Project X and before.&nb

Enterprise Information Management – SWAT Tools

As a follow up to my previous post I thought I would briefly talk about the weapons or tools our SWAT team may leverage.  As we know a wrench can be used as a hammer, but it is better to use a hammer. The discussion below is to overview some of the tools in each are we are using

Value of Data

Graham and I were reading some marketing literature this week and Graham had a great note on where the real value in Enterprise Data Warehousing and the Single version of the truth. "The Real Value is in having all the data in one place so it can be reported on in a seamless mann

Chief Data Wrangler

Never heard about, not surprised – I just made it up. But it really talks to the role that seems to be missing in most organizations.  We seem to find people who are Directors of Business Intelligence both in IT and the Business.  But there is no intelligence without d

10 Guiding Principles to Data Warehouses

Companies build Data Warehouses and Data Marts to answer business questions that cannot be answered with operational systems.  Strategic versus Tactical questions call for different data to be captured but here are ten Guiding Principles to take into account when planning your st

It’s About the Business not Technology – EIEI Oh

I have had a few conversations both internally and externally where we eventually turned to each other and said it is not about the technology, it is about the value to the business. It really hiw me home last week over a beer with a client who clearly gets it (you know who you are).&