What do you think of when you hear the word "methodology?" For many of us, it conjures up images of tedious and costly projects that require baby-sitting by expensive consultants. But what about data warehousing methodologies? Are they more useful? What do they offer to project managers whose responsibility it is to bring the project to a successful conclusion?

A recent study by the Data Warehousing Institute (DWI) surveyed 21 data warehouse project managers on their most difficult challenges. Methodology was the third biggest menace--technology and education were number one and two. The three represented 87 percent of the problems identified. Interestingly, solving the third biggest problem--methodology--often minimizes technology and education issues as well.

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