I’m always looking for new ways to explain what I do for a living. It’s made hard by the fact that it centres on a product that doesn’t do anything quite like any other tool in the ‘data’ space – which is to make it fast and easy to navigate the data models of big and complex systems early in a project to ensure accuracy and reduce risk of overrun or under-delivery.
I realise this might be controversial but I do believe it. IT professionals have long talked about Process Modelling as the way to understand what a complex system does, while Data Modelling tends to be seen as the ‘Cinderella’ of the modelling world.
Metadata is boring and complex and should only be of interest to technical specialists and geeks!
I’ve just been reading what Clay Richardson over at Forrester is saying around putting data and BI closer to the sharp end of business.
I just commented on a fascinating article http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/wlg/25147 by Jamie Oswald over on the SAP Community Network that relates to my earlier blog on BI and complex data environments.