There are two adages I think of regarding planning and launching a business intelligence project. They are: "Failure to plan is a plan for failure" and "Each hour spent planning is worth two hours saved during implementation."

Implementing business intelligence applications can be straightforward—but projects can also fail. If senior management isn’t fully briefed and backing the information technology department’s plan, the project may never see the light of day. In addition, IT managers, MIS directors and chief information officers must take great care in assembling the right implementation team and selecting the right business intelligence product. So, what’s a blueprint for success? What steps can your company and department take to ensure that your business intelligence project planning and implementation come off without a hitch? Here’s a checklist for doing the job right:

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