Our organization has a centralized data architecture area that provides data modeling, meta data administration and enterprise architecture definition. This area supports all the major development efforts with these services. The company has set up a new department dedicated to having the data warehouse support the entire business. The goal of this new department is to implement an environment similar to the Corporate Information Factory outlined by Claudia Imhoff. Our area has been asked to provide staffing and support options to this new department. What has your experience been in having a centralized data architecture area support a very large data warehouse architecture project?
Sid Adelman's Answer: A centralized group will result in problems with prioritizing the data warehouse projects. You need steering committees or advisory boards both on the IT side and the business side to provide this governance and to commit and allocate resources. Otherwise, you will be pulled in countless directions and never have the time or resources to implement properly.
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