Archive for the ‘McManus’ category


April 28th, 2015

I recently saw an amazing advertisement that included the founder of Go Pro talking about how he felt after his previous failure.  The feeling of “letting down” those he had convinced of the validity his idea was especially resonating.  Obviously he persevered and “got over it” as Go Pro is an exciting product that has taken his company public based on nothing more than being the best at creating the robust camera product and marketing the heck out of it.  (Side note is he didn’t invent the camera, the underwater camera, or the mobile video recorder. They just made it cool to have one that would not break when you crash with it.)

Are we being trained into mediocrity to not even try at the risk of failure?   Below is an info-graphic giving examples of the number of times that successful start-ups and entrepreneurs to failed or be were told ”no”before they got a ”yes”.


Historically quotes from  entrepreneurs through-out history , tell us of how a great success mostly comes after many failures.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison 

Do we have the tenacity to dare to fail again after failure?

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy 

Why then do we often stop before trying one more time? According to an unknown author “obstacles are there to signify how bad you want something.”

While the person on the bottom of the graphic above shows a man dejected. I propose that is rarely the case in real business life.  In reality we can persevere even when the cards have not turned out the way we want but there can also be time when you have learned something through the process that can be success enough to not continue down the same road.  Sometimes this is a the knowledge that we take with us to do even greater things.

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

When I was discussing an idea I had in early 2005 , during the internet start-up hype, at a point of indecision one of my mentors wisely told me that I “could not loose”.  If it succeeded then it would provide a valuable service. , and if it did not I would learn a tremendous amount that would help me grow. I was rewarded with the latter.  I look fondly on that time even through it did not work out the way I expected.  Other times it is experience that is gained instead of the monetary success prestige that we had intended.  Things such as a new perspective, a reputation or a network of contacts will return more in the long run.

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

Let’s keep on doing the remarkable things that others say can’t be done.  Even if they can’t be done, its better than not trying at all.  Anyone can do that!

Kevin McManus

Are people more important than technology?

November 13th, 2010

During a recent project review of an upcoming Enterprise BI / DW platform, one of the project tasks’s was to do an end to end tool selection. However, beyond technology the other aspects of a successful BI program necessary including people, process and data (ownership) were not properly being assessed.  The needs to properly assess and manage these areas would outlast any particular phase/sprint of development and would have an even greater impact than the technology.  With a brand new large BI program there will need to be new processes and new teams created in IT to make the current software in order to be effective in this program (note: projects end, programs evolve and change with the business, so BI/DW programs should be built and staffed that way from day 1)

What was missing in the evaluation is the desired impact in the IT culture.  All of the solutions involved in the evaluation would demand a high level of experience, technical knowledge and creativity during the design and development in order to make it a success.  While the technical evaluations were sound, I wanted to see that there had been consideration of other non-technical aspects of a Data warehouse necessary to make the program and systems a success.

Questions arose that needed to be answered

– Is the expectation that business users will be connecting with Vendor support directly?

– who is responsible for “quality” resource acquisition

– Who is responsible for help desk models to support Business Rules, Data Miniing , etc

– Who is responsible for ensuring that the quality of the data is kept intact over time from a technical architecture as the business change over time?

– Who is responsible for ensuring that the knowledge of business rules are kept as assets?  An enterprise data warehouse/ BI system is a huge investment and that investment should be protected as an asset of the company.

No matter what tool is chosen there are huge drains to a project, in time and quality, when users need to make business rule and solution design decisions on the fly.  This includes the creation of new business metrics, new reporting processes and mini-tool selections as new requests come up. (i.e. the users uses the excel export so they can recalculate a metric because the data warehouse team takes 3 weeks to get a change in place).

One of the best practices to balance the projects technical needs with the people and processes is to establish a Business Intelligence competency group at the outset of the project that sits outside of any software or services vendor and has staffed BI/DW architects to can “rapidly” respond to the changing needs of the business with the “correct” solution and the ability to pull in the correct IT resources to meet that need at the speed the business needs before they feel the need to go out on their own.

Podcast: SAP BI Consulting – Strategies, Tools, and Skills Trends

September 6th, 2010

ERP Lounge Jon Reed invited me to participate in “A Three Person Discussion of SAP BI Consulting Trends withSpecial Guests Vijay Vijayasankar and Kevin McManus” (ERP Lounge #12)

SalesForce integration to BusinessObjects

March 26th, 2010

An article on cloud to premise integration reminded me of one of my favorite features. See ZDnet article here

Its good to see SFDC and SAP playing nice. Last year we released a connection that links SalesForce to SAP BusinessObjects. This reportlaunch is
useful for those SAP BO customers that need enterprise reporting embedded into SalesForce. Hopefully this will be a good trend of cloud to premise connections

Kevin McManus

SOA and BI

October 22nd, 2009

While the SOA model is good for BI ETL, there more areas that it can pertain to including reporting, dashboards, performance management that have a much greater inpact.

Every application needs one of the above areas of BI interfaces in addition to its own ETL or data input interfaces. We have been focusing on implementing the whole BI interface as a reusable framework at

This creates a huge ROI when the same functionality is not build over and over again throughout an enterprises various applications. Not to mention that it would provide consistent information utilizing MDM, DW and ETL in the way described.

Last but not least by leveraging the whole BI stack in your SOBI architecture you actually leverage the investment you have already made in not just ETL but in your enterprise BI tools.

Cheers, Kevin McManus,

McManus Case Study with AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group

July 8th, 2009

AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group a leading distributor of pharmaceuticals needed to put inventory and sales data at their partners fingertips. Learn how they used McManus Launch Applications to create on demand, self service portals that put the information needed at their fingertips.

Reminders on what we focus on

April 7th, 2009

This lat week I was reading some of my favorite blogs and some new ones as well. I ran across some great posts that serve as reminders to those of us working in the BI world. This may be clear cut stuff, but it is always nice to get some reminders.

1. Why we report in the first place:

This is a nice post on the purpose of BI- In Business Intelligence is for making Business Decisions the folks over at Intelligence Matrix give us a great example and reminder.

2. A great post over at Beye Network about a new Journal and the definition of Business Intelligence. This is a great new resource and one fantastic post.

3. This is a wonderful post on the right way to look at BOE and publishing reports. Crystal Reports version control is interesting.

4. And this one is just funny. I guess SAP is restricting the porn access for Crystal Reports??? What, well read more here: Ken Hamady say no more porn

Until next time, enjoy these reads.

SAP AG staying on top of Crystal and BOBJ

March 28th, 2009

Check out this press release from SAP Business Objects and McManus Software + Consulting. Looks like they have released the Crystal Developer Advantage license to help ISV’s like McManus. They have a suite called Launch Applications and they are pretty cool. Everything from extending reporting to web applications to real time auditing of your BOBJ environment.

Here is the press release:

Oh, and about this blog. We will scour the blogosphere for anyhting and everything that is news int he Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence world.

Have fun!