Some people would call me mechanically inclined and while others may call me mechanically challenged...either way...I tend to work on my vehicle probably more than the average person. One common maintenance activity that I do perform myself is changing the brakes on my vehicle. This is a fairly simple job in terms of concept but can be tedious due to the difficulty of getting to and working with the specific areas on the vehicle. For years I worked on these projects and it would typically take me about two hours to complete until one day, I was at an auto parts store and saw a special tool that was made specifically for part of the job of changing the brakes. It was like a gift from heaven, with this new tool, I was able to change the brakes in about 45 minutes with a lot less sweat and head ache.
So what does changing brakes have to do with BI? Nothing at all! However, the connection has to do with how using the right tool can help save you a lot of time and head ache in implementing and maintaining your BI environment. You may be successful right now but as some people say, "you don't know what you don't know" and you may have the opportunity to be even more successful. In the next few blog posts, I am going to talk about how Pentaho can help you just like me finding the right tool to help me change my brakes.