About Merv Adrian
Gartner Research VP, technology analyst and consultant, 30 years of industry experience, covering software mostly, hardware sometimes.

9 Responses to Balanced Insight – Automating BI Design to Deployment

  1. Peter Thomas says:

    Really interesting concept – will have to check out the demos tomorrow.


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  3. John Bostick says:

    From multiple first-hand experiences, Consensus is a tool that really works and provides both productivity through better iterations of metadata definitions as well as reduces the overall costs to build, implement, and run a BI platform.

  4. Merv Adrian says:

    Thanks for this, John. Would love to chat with you about your experiences. If you’re interested, please send me an email address to mervadrian@gmail.com.

  5. Peter Thomas says:

    Hi Merv,

    Not sure how the pingback from


    travelled back in time, the mysteries of WordPress I guess!


  6. Merv Adrian says:

    I’ll take ’em whenever I get ’em, Peter. Thanks.

  7. We recently used Consensus to reverse engineer a large Oracle Discover reporting system into a new Cognos 8 solution. The tool is awesome!

    Real documented results…We extracted 43 separate Discoverer Content Areas from the Oracle End User Layer (EUL). We then used Consensus to build the Information Packages which included conforming the dimensions and auto-generated the Cognos Framework Manager result in 8 weeks.

    Every BI manager needs to investigate this tool.

  8. Merv Adrian says:

    Thanks for the comment and the pointer. It’s good to have another data point.

  9. Joyce Edwards says:

    Here’s another data point.

    We hired an outside contractor build two COGNOS projects for us and they recommended using this tool.

    We were so impressed with the speed of development, and the reusability of the metadata that we purchased it for in-house development. We don’t have hands on experience with it yet, but we hope to get that soon.

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