Rethinking the nature of repeating data

One day, we got a call from one of our clients: they had a deadline to submit data to another organization, and they’d spent months struggling to meet the requirements. With the deadline imminent, they’d made no headway. Could we help? We set up a meeting to discuss their issue with them. Little did we know that this experience was going to be a perfect illustration of how data tools…

Data First (Part 2): The Spec Is In The Data 

If you’re getting ready to start a new integration, application, or analysis project, you’re probably doing all kinds of requirements gathering. Unfortunately, unless you’re considering data first, the copy books are probably wrong, the state diagrams are probably incomplete, and the business processes are probably too simplistic. These problems are extremely prevalent in data-centric projects. Traditionally, you use a data last method—you build up the specification a priori, and only…