Monsieur Spock on Hyperion
This is a short article on one of the best SciFi characters I know and to celebrate Leonard Nimoy’s death. Too bad the HyperionDoctor was not live when Sir Alec Guinness passed away I am working on a more serious article on the Simplified Interface and I really like it.
Spock, the best Hyperion developer in the universe
I once worked with a consultant who stated the following: “Essbase is more an art than a science” this is funny and true. Spock started as a science officer aboard the USS Enterprise then rose to the role of commanding officer. Spock is the perfect balance between science and management. As an A7 computer expert classification holder he naturally starts with a scientific approach but can get artsy when needed. “You’d make a splendid computer, Mr. Spock.” “That is very kind of you, Captain!” – Kirk and Spock Spock is half Vulcan from his father, Sarek, and half human from his mother, Amanda Grayson. Spock offers emotionally detached and logical perspectives to Captain Kirk, he provides with an outsider’s perspective on the “human condition” as explained Alan Asherman in 1993 in his book “The Star Trek Compendium”. In terms of Hyperion, Spock can coldly analyze tense FP&A situations with Planning and Forecasting, the craziness of some (many?) HFM consolidations or the worst Hyperion EPM design. Spock goes beyond emotions to provide necessary understanding of people, processes, and data to design and build the ultimate solution.
At the same time, Spock was “struggling to maintain a Vulcan attitude, a Vulcan philosophical posture and a Vulcan logic, opposing what was fighting him internally, which was human emotion”. (Dillard, J. M. (1994). Star Trek: “Where No Man Has Gone Before” – A History in Pictures.) That is the same with Hyperion where you cannot deliver a good solution by neglecting the human aspects of it in terms of usage and maintenance. My understanding is that Vulcans can choose logic and live this way, same with Hyperion: you can choose an approach purely based on logic or live a balanced way of life. Spock, well Leonard Nimoy excels in many domains: he sings (Leonard Nimoy singing the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins), directs, acts, plays in musicals (he even played Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971), writes poems, and has his photos exposed in many galleries and museums. A Hyperion developer needs to be multi talented: dealing with different source systems, different ETLs, different needs, and different people. Spock could sing to a GL system, write a poem with ODI, and do a photo-shoot of Essbase.
Spock, a Hyperion Doctor?
There is a real Doctor Spock, Dr Benjamin Spock, a famous pediatrician and author. Doctor Spock also won a gold medal in the 1924 Olympic games. When Gene Roddenberry created the character, he sought an alien-sounding name like “Spock” was not used by an existing person. Spock’s full name is so complicated that it is considered unpronounceable to Humans. Try to make a restaurant reservation with the name Ludovic and you will see that Spock is a Hyperion Doctor. Thank you Leonard Nimoy, may you rest in peace, you are the greatest Hyperion Doctor! Live long and prosper!