Telstra B.I. – A Full Service

Do you know any BI/Information Management departments that are so confident in their service they have created 30 second demo videos of their offerings to show it off/market it? …Me neither but last night I got to see just that when I went to a presentation given by Telstra’s John Simon, head of express delivery in the grandly titled “Business Intelligence Centre of Excellence”. Here are a few notes I made:

  • 7 major data warehouses
  • 59 major reporting systems
  • Up to 2 mill queries per hour
  • 80tb, 3tb per month, 400 mill rows daily
  • Teradata with sass over the top solved performance issues
  • Cognos was ejected as query plans were not good
  • SQL 2012, share point 2013, power view & power pivot used for BI
  • Sharepoint themed to look like Windows 8 tiles to give modern look to BI portal
  • Disconnected tables in power view as of cu4
  • Dimensional modelling still important even though tabular is used by default for performance.
  • Multi dimensional cubes still used for larger financial reporting
  • T-inform is the offered BI portal clients can be brought onto
  • Offer conversion service from power pivot to ssas tabular
  • Client can upgrade to cube

It was a very interesting approach to market the BI centers Portal around the rest of the company and give a fully managed migration from Excel based end user reporting to potentially must faster and larger scale solutions. Having a sitewide Sharepoint license is an advantage in this scenario that few companies have so seeing what can be done with one was an impressive eye opener.