Where does James Martin's teaching fit in today?

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I'm an IT report developer with a few miles on my belt. Officially we are the Business Intelligence team. We use SAP Business Intelligence Suite 4.2, aka BusinessObjects. I remember James Martin back in the day (1990's) but haven't heard or read much about him, not that I'm the most well read person around. But I do have a pretty good library of software development books, from Karl Weigers to Steve McConnell to Gerald Weinberg, and "The Mythical Man Month". At the moment I'm trying to bring our organization into modern times in regards to Business Intelligence. What we have are awful legacy minded reports that no one uses, i.e., 85% of active OLTP users run NO reports (and the OLTP itself is a 1990's style system).

We are also trying to bring in Crystal Reports for high-end reporting, and other tools for "Dashboards".

Around here it's a totally legacy mindset, to include a CIO who's up there in years and is totally old-school, constantly referencing to James Martin and his approach. So is JM still a "classic" who's books should be on my shelf (to include reading them)? In order to influence the organization to "get modern", I have to start by convincing the CIO that there's a better way nowadays (to Business Intelligence).  Also, no one around here knows how to spell "agile".

Do you have a recommended James Martin classic or two, at least so I can be able to step up intellectually to where the CIO is coming from? And while I'm at it, any other classic books / authors so I can step up my own software development leadership / development knowledge? Strictly a classic data entry system with associated reports /analysis, down the road dashboards and predictive analytics.
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I googled "classic software development" books and looked at 7 different sites, such as "100 Most Influential Books according to Stack Overflow", then found "100 Best Software Engineering Books Ever", and nothing by James Martin. On his website are listed 105 books, but only in order by date published, and none of which has ever crossed my radar, but many of the books on the other lists have.
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I do know James Martin from literature..., his view/concepts are for Big Iron OLTP systems.
And that are (except for some corners) relatively niche markets. They are needed as some modern approaches still cannot cope with massive transactional systems that need to be virtualy non-stop running.

You may need to read up on modern style approaches like DEVops, Continuous delivery (quite to opposite from where you come from) and work your way back to familiar ground. I would suggest to start with generic approach like searching the internet on sites like EE, Stack Exchange, to get a taste and start digging into things that strike you somehow.
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noci,

thanks ... and sorry for the delay. So my take is that James Martin's teachings are not found in modern day curricula, but he does have an enduring legacy in "Big Iron Systems" as you say, such as an airline reservation system.

Our CIO's comment re: James Martin (that I forgot to mention in the original post) is the "software should be intuitive". Most likely this is the only James Martin quote the CIO knows, with the CIO's framework being the 1990's, which our system is also stuck in this era.

Our system is small (data wise), not complicated, but a bit wide. I'm working on getting a Data Governance program, and trying to have a broad understanding of software development principles.

I took a quick look at DevOps, good to know. But we're overall small data-wise, although there are 1,200+ users.
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Great, thank you! I'll close out Monday.
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thanks again!

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