The Five Laws of Robotics

Apologies to Issac Asimov.

  1. Model your business not your source systems. Your competitive advantage is your unique perspective of your market.
  2. Software is automation. Your data warehouse should be a robot, programmed and tuned to provide the right data to the right people at the right time, while constantly checking itself for errors and inconsistencies.
  3. Never scale your team to keep up with the day-to-day, you should only grow your team because you have harder engineering problems to solve. (quoted from a Facebook manager)
  4. Big data is what happened when the cost of storing information became less than the cost of making the decision to throw it away.” (George Dyson via Tim O’Reilly)
  5. The reports are the warehouse. Everything between the report and the source system is overhead.

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