SOA Deployment Management

What’s in a word.  In deployments the nature of the words you use can kill you.  SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) is living proof of this opportunity for confusion. Remembering the fundamental guiding principles of SOA (see endnote below from wikipedia) we have an i

ETL and SODA (Service Oriented Data Architecture)

So over the last couple of days I have been really wracking my brain on the post I did about API vs ODBC.  And one of the things that it brought back to me was the idea of Service Oriented Data Architecture (SODA). I wrote about it before in the context of getting tight and invol

CoffeeCAST – #44 – Floor Sweep Mentality and Details

Welcome to the 44th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X Ltd.  Well it is Wednesday night before Graham goes off to sail and I grabbed him to chat about what is on his mind and have a quick CoffeeCAST. Todays conversation was funnily I think more about the mind and attitudes o

Interfaces for Enterprise Systems – ODBC vs API

We have been working over the past several months with a client who has DataStage (IBM Information Manager).  At one point we reached a fork in the road and had a choice of which interface to use into the database – ODBC vs API. Not sure exactly why we chose ODBC stage to c

Oracle Data Warehousing Customers Sweep Computerworld BI Awards

Oracle Customers Win Top Honors in Five out of Five Best Practices Categories Recently, Computerworld magazine held its Business Intelligence Perspectives Conference in Las Vegas .  At the conference, the winners of Computerworld’s "Best Practices in Business Intellige

CoffeeCAST – #34 – Magic In the Air

Welcome to the 34th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Boo Scary, it is Halloween and along comes with it a bit of Magic in the air.  Today I grabbed Graham as he has been pretty jazzed since finally getting to see the Gartner Magic Quadrant and I wanted to talk a bit abou

Oracle buys Sunopsis

Oracle has added Sunopsis to their Fusion middlewear line of products.  Congratulations I think.  On the surface this looks good and adds credibility to the already increasing evolution of ELT from ETL.  The question will be whether this is too early in the adoption cyc

Job Opportunities @ Project X

Hello everyone, Project X is going through a growth spurt and are looking for some great people to do awesome things with us and for our clients.  Here are what we are looking for: ETL Developers (Intermediate to Senior) – Ascential DataStage, Sunopsis BEA Developers (Senio

CoffeeCAST – #23 – Working Data Store and ETL

Welcome to the 23rd CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X.  Well it has been a challenging summer trying to keep this fresh with people on holidays and a marketplace that seems to be heating up. I grabbed Graham Boundy of Project X to join me in today’s CoffeeCAST where o

Reference Architecture – Part 3b – Oracle

In a further effort to get a complete view of the landscape, I looked for as well as requested from Oracle their view on reference architecture.  It appears that they do not have a public one, but don’t lose hope.  I found some information on the web, but found that it