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How Brontosaurs kill Raptors

The board of a large organisation appoints a CIO who delegates technical decisions to his employees. In the Enterprise Architecture (EA) department, an expert on Business Intelligence (BI) decides that the strategy for this company is to have a single Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW). This makes sense, because experience has shown that in the long run, it is cheaper and more efficient to build one Data Warehouse, rather than start by building "islands" and then later try to merge them together. In the mean time, some business people working for the company have rallied the budget holders, and started a project to build a new online sales application. They need to generate some reports based on the sales from this application, in order to set themselves targets and measure their performance. But, they are not experts when it comes to reporting. The business sector at which their application is aimed is cutting edge and brand new, so they don't know what to expect, they don't really know what kind of reports they will need, and they will certainly need to adapt to the market very quickly. A project team in the IT department then get the assignment to build the application, including the report generation. Also knowing little about reporting, they start talking to EA, who set up a meeting, between themselves, the development team, some people from the Quality Assurance (QA) department and some experts from the BI team. Hours of discussion later, they have made the following conclusions:…

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Oracles Sun Forums Are Crap

Rant Time: I've run in with the forum moderators before, but this really winds me up. I searched on Google for "java open browser", to remind myself which API to call to open the default browser, and the number one search result was this: http://forums.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=679673 The answer is at the bottom of the page. Perfect. But then Darryl Burke comes along and locks the thread, because he reckons this latest posting is useless. Sorry, but Sun Forum Moderators don't get the concept of how forums are searched and used! They once told me they lock the threads because they want you to post new threads.  I don't have the time to make a new thread asking a question every time I can't solve something, and then wait and hope someone with the answer comes along over the next few days - I want to search for it ,and find the answer immediately. If they keep locking threads, you end up with hundereds of old locked threads which don't help anyone. What their vision is doing, is simply destroying the internet! Idiots! And that is one reason I don't post to their forums anymore - they are the losers, not me.

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