In last month’s column, we focused on the first critical steps in our data warehouse project concerning staffing, planning, technical infrastructure and project communications and marketing. Now we will focus on the foundation activities which cover the analysis of user requirements and assessment of the available deployment options and approaches. These key activities include:

Based on the size and complexity of the proposed approach, requirements gathering can be done using a number of different methods – separately or in combination. However, the end result should be the same – a dimensional data model showing the logical structure of the database design, a process model showing the types of business activities which are to be supported and the view/form the information should take on the user’s desktop. The types of activities that can be employed in requirements gathering include:

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