Claudia would like to thank Jonathan Geiger for his contribution to this month's column.

We often hear about the importance of the data warehousing group forming a partnership with the sponsoring business unit. This partnership helps to secure and retain business support and commitment. It also ensures that the data warehouse is aligned with the business goals. However, this is not the only important partnership. The business units must partner with each other, and the data warehouse group must partner with the other groups within information technology (IT) as well. These lesser-known partnerships often account for the difference between success and failure. See Figure 1 for the partnership types that should be of concern.

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