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The scientific method

I don’t know why, but Wittgenstein is on my mind these days.

On a recent exchenge between Don Burleson and Jonathan Lewis, I couldn’t help but add a comment.

Did you say pervasive ?

Long ago, I saw an article on Pervasive Business Intelligence, from DMReview.com.
At the time of this article, in 2005, pervasive computing was out there for more than a decade (see Real-Time Pervasive Systems.
Ralph Kimball mentioned in his – now a classic book – The datawarehouse toolkit book, the potential of clickstream analysis: analyze every user’s action in an online store. Similarly, you could
analyze many actions of a customer in a physical store by using RFID tags.
The fact is that BI technology is now able to collect and analyze huge volumes of data in near real-time.
With the emergence of Business Performance Management systems, a complete performance management
cycle is put in place to guide enterprise’s strategy through reporting and analysis based on BI.
As John Kopecko, Hyperion’s CTO (before it was acquired by Oracle) wrote in his paper Pervasive BI – the next step in the evolution of Business Intelligence.

BI must evolve beyond its current status as a tool experts use to report performance to managers and executives
and become an everyday business tool for everyone in the enterprise. In short, BI must
become pervasive.

That reminded me of an old story about a newly hired Toyota executive who was told to work with production workers right from the start to find new ways of improving production quality. He didn’t start his new job going to meetings, presentations and all the classic workday of a med/senior executive.
He was told to watch the production lines and discover why disruptions happened and how to fix them. From the ground.

He was put in a Japanese team where nobody spoke English.

He discovered that all the workers had integrated quality and performance management practices, applying them in real-time, from the production lines up to the Board.

Now pervasive BI makes me wonder, what if everyone in the enterprise could access relevant data and analyze it to better achieve his/her tasks ?

Did you mean Hyperion ? It’s amazing what this piece of code can do with Essbase, MDX and XML/A.

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