Recent writings of Wayne Eckerson in ADT

Wayne Eckerson of TDWI regularly looks at the fast-moving data warehousing space in the pages of Application Development Trends and adtmag.com. Here is a sampling of recent insights.
Taming runaway spreadmarts
In 2002, I defined “spreadmart” to describe the renegade spreadsheets and desktop databases wreaking havoc on organizations. Since then, many people have adopted the term because it highlights a painful, yet largely ignored, problem that plagues organizations today.

The 10 ways of KPI
There’s a lot of talk these days about Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). They are the backbone of scorecards and dashboards, which organizations use to present performance information to executives and staff. Unfortunately, BI developers seem to focus more on creating visual metaphors than on understanding what constitutes a good KPI

Will BI projects go offshore?
The loss of U.S. information technology jobs to overseas consulting firms is alarming. Data-quest estimates that 140,000 IT jobs were outsourced to India last year.

Sorting out the meaning of BPM
When I first heard the term business performance management (BPM) two years ago, I thought, 'Oh no, not another acronym.'

Ad hoc BI is killing us!
For Chinese people, 2003 was the ''Year of the Black Sheep.'' For business intelligence (BI) professionals, 2003 was the year of ''reporting.''

Facts up! Teach your team to use BI
Billy Beane recruits mainly college players with a record for getting on base -- players who draw a high percentage of walks. The book is a morality tale for modern-day business.

What to look for in a BI architecture
A BI toolset must have a strong architectural foundation to support enterprise processing requirements. It is pointless to deploy BI tools to thousands of staff, customers and suppliers if performance and reliability falter under peak loads.

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