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Agile Data Warehousing for the Enterprise by Ralph Hughes

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Chapter 13

Surface Solutions Using Data Virtualization and Big Data

Without investing in exotic data modeling techniques, EDW teams can achieve fast delivery using “surface solutions.” Surface solutions allow developers to first solve business problems with data taken from landing areas and then steadily “backfill” the DW/BI reference architecture to provide progressively more complete and robust solutions. Teams can create surface solutions by leveraging shadow IT, using data virtualization, and tapping a big data platform. When leveraging shadow IT, the EDW team delivers progressively richer data sets to departmental staff members, who build their own temporary BI solutions using that information. The data virtualization strategy relies on a ...

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