Back in the Saddle
Posted by Alan on July 19, 2009
It has been a while but I am back. While we have been rebuilding our B.I. practice and trying to get lost and cold leads all ramped up again, I have been working on a couple of Dynamics GP implementation projects. However, last week we began our first Clarity implementation. We have done our analysis and design sessions with the client (a large financial institution based in Toronto) and now we begin our requirements document and once we have sign-off we begin the actual design. All leading up towards a September 1st go-live. It is going to be a wild ride. But all I can say is WHOOO HOOOO as after 6 months I am finally back in the B.I. game!
At the start of last week I also attended some more advanced Clarity 6 training. It was interesting comparing Clarity to PerformancePoint Planning. Clarity has (for the most part) all the bells and whistles, from an end-user point of view, we had wished were native to PPS. All the stuff that caused us to bang our heads against the wall (i.e., input validation, note aggregation/roll-up with row and cell level notes, add lines on the fly, etc.) is there. It is the stuff we figured Microsoft would have added in v2 and v3 of PPS. However, what I am now missing is how automated and easy the database and cube creation process was within PPS. The creation process is a manual one within Clarity. Because of that, expect me to get much better in creating databases and analysis cubes and using Visual Studio. I will post what I learn.
I hope to get back to the once per week posting schedule.