During the past several decades, software development has gone from in-house development at the departmental level on a relatively small scale to vendor-packaged large-scale systems at the enterprise level. Similar to software development and with many BI vendor acquisitions, BI has also shifted from independent report and dashboard development to packaged enterprise DW/BI programs. The divergence between the two is that business needs to play a relatively more important role in BI, and they need to do more than just provide business requirements. The partnership between business and IT lays out a necessary foundation for the program to be successful, and the full support from the executives ensures the organizational goals play a higher priority than the departmental objectives.
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