Business intelligence requirements gathering has some aspects that are common to any requirements-gathering effort and some that are unique. Some of those similarities and differences directly relate to the interview process.

Common information gathering processes include determining the proper people to interview, preparing for each interview, conducting it, following up on it, merging information gathered from multiple sources, and possibly conducting additional information gathering. A major hurdle for business users is that they often do not know all their requirements ahead of time. As a result, the interview needs to gather requirements that the business representative can provide, but also help the interviewee discover requirements that are not accounted for.

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