My online series of columns has been focused on the need for businesses to "get serious" about their approach to developing an enterprise business intelligence (BI) and data warehouse (DW) capability. When pursuing this capability it is important to adopt a holistic view, followed by disciplined investment and execution. To develop the future vision for this capability, you should consider seven interrelated areas:

My next few columns will explore the key considerations of the "data" focus area. At the core of an enterprise BI/DW program is the data that is being made available to the business users who are looking to make better decisions using this information. Properly managing this information is the most critical activity of the enterprise BI team. It is also the area that is fraught with the greatest challenges.

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