Building a better data warehouse requires developing an organizational framework, as well as determining the project’s business justification, measuring a return on investment, establishing project boundaries and staffing the development team. But first and foremost, enterprises that want to take their data warehouse to the next level need a solid business sponsor, Margy Ross, president of DecisionWorks Consulting Inc., and Warren Thornthwaite, co- founder of InfoDynamics LLC, told attendees Aug. 28 at the DCI Customer Relationship Management Conference & Exposition in New York. "Across the board you need strong business sponsors that are politically astute and have clout," Ross and Thornwaite noted during their session, "Building a Better Data Warehouse." To build the right data warehousing team, Ross and Thornwaite recommend that technology and business managers build a core project team which includes business systems analysts, data modelers, database administrators, data staging system designers, metadata coordinators, front-end application developers and a data warehouse educator. "Make sure your business sponsor is solid and that the value scope has a high value and a narrow focus," Ross and Thornwaite told attendees.
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