If you don’t know… you don’t know!

Dear friends,

We had a good time the last couple of days in Lyon. It was nice to meet people actually using Kettle every day in their day-to-day job. It was great to hear all about the succes stories and the future plans.
I also had the pleasure to meet Alain, project manager at BPM, all around nice guy and philosophical genius. At a certain point in our conversation he dropped the almost Zen-like knowledge on us:

If you don’t know, you don’t know!

Boy, it doesn’t get any deeper than that, does it?  In one simple sentence, Alain described the core problem of BI gap analyses AND the number one problem in software development. If you don’t know, you don’t know and you need to ask your customer, you need to get to know the requirements. All too often developers, data warehouse designers and ICT people in general decide for the end-users what is right for them. All too often it causes serious strain on the projects. In fact I’m absolutely sure it’s the absolute #1 cause for project failures. (**)

So next time you decide what is the best thing for your customers and end-users, remember Alain’s wise words.

Until next time!


(**) I don’t have any statistics available on this subject of-course. If I’m proven wrong later I’ll blame it on Alain “The Crazy Swiss” Debecker.

6 thoughts on “If you don’t know… you don’t know!”

  1. Hello Matt,

    It appears that meeting all together for this Pentaho session in Lyon was a success, not even from a technical point of view, but also for human relationship. Behind software, there are developer, integrator & promoters. This is the kind of meeting where everyone think “I should have organise it earlier”

    I just suggest in return another sentence from Thomas : “before, I was alone, tomorrow, I’ll feel lonely”, which is exactly what happen when finally “you know” … keeping people out the truth and knowledge are sometimes strategy from commercial software vendors.

    Have Fun,

  2. Hello Matt,

    It was really a pleasure to meet you and see your Kettle 3.0 demo at this Pentaho Session in Lyon, organized by BPM.
    I have the same opinion than Patrick, it was very nice to see all the people who are working with Pentaho (and Kettle !!!)
    I hope you enjoy the use of we made of Kettle in our Atol CD projects !


  3. Hi Sylvain,

    I most certainly do enjoy these success stories. Developers typically only hear about the problems, so thank you very much for telling us about how you solved problems with Kettle!

    All the best,


  4. In facts the exact quotation comes from Confucius. It goes something like:

    Knowledge is to know that you know what you know. Wiseness is to know that you don’t know what you don’t know.

    Applying this principle when handeling TeraBytes is the essence of lasy conversion, the subject of our conversation. As a result Kettle may win up to TeraMicroseconds.

  5. Hi Matt,

    My interest for Kettle, Pentaho and Business Intelligence is very high.
    I’ve decided to create my own blog (with WordPress) on these subjects.

    I hope you can see some new Atol projects with the use of Kettle

    Have a nice week !


    PS: sorry for my english… 😉

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