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How do I convince my reluctant boss to begin work on a data warehouse?


Question: My boss is reluctant to begin any data warehouse activity until we have thoroughly planned, staffed and gained total commitment to a data warehouse initiative. My problem is that I can’t get the resources to perform any of these activities until my boss gives me the go-ahead. How do I convince her that we need to start doing something?


Chuck Kelley’s Answer:  It sounds, to me, that your boss is not ready for or does not comprehend what a data warehouse can do for the organization. I would spend some time discussing with her what you want to do and why going through the whole process as you outlined is a mistake. Work to gain credibility on why it should be done a different way. Also, I would go talk to the business community to find a champion/evangelist for the DW and use that person to drive the process.

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