My recent online column "Making the Case for an Enterprise-Wide Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehouse (DW) Capability" (June 2006) highlighted the need for businesses to "get serious" about their approach to developing an enterprise BI and DW capability. When pursuing this capability it is important to adopt a holistic view, followed by disciplined investment and execution. To develop the future vision for this capability, you should consider seven interrelated areas:

This column explores the key considerations of the "process" focus area. Because enterprise BI and DW is a journey consisting of many projects over time, many processes should be implemented to ensure that the BI program runs like a well-oiled machine. These processes help the team be more efficient, effective and consistently deliver quality solutions.

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