“The best laid schemes o' mice an' men often go awry.” This famous line from the Robert Burns' poem To a Mouse, 1786, is something that each of us has experienced in our careers as information technology professionals. Planning before taking action is the most prudent method to managing the complexity of delivering meaningful technology solutions to our customers. Unfortunately even the best laid plans may be derailed by contentious and downright obstructive behavior on the part of those individuals who truly are afraid of change. These individuals have a perceived vested interest in the status quo and will do everything possible to keep things the way they are. This is human nature at work. The challenge we face as change agents in our organization is to recognize these obstructionist behaviors in order to respond appropriately.
From a technology perspective, creating a robust enterprise data warehouse (EDW) environment has proven to be a complex undertaking, but ultimately attainable. The typical EDW initiative is driven by the business need for organizations to compete at a national or international level. This requires data standardization, data conformance and data sharing. An EDW sets the foundation for sharing data across the enterprise in a controlled and managed environment providing the end-user community with an integrated view of enterprise data to enable cross-functional and cross-departmental strategic and tactical decisions.
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