One of the top issues for CIOs is the outsourcing of IT. Most CIOs are being asked by their CFOs to strongly consider outsourcing and offshoring many of their IT functions, the prime motivation being cost savings - more specifically, short-term cost savings. The first challenge is to determine what to outsource and offshore and what to keep in house. What about the data warehouse?

In an outsourced situation, contracts are very clear about what will and will not be included. The very nature of a data warehouse is that the users are never able to articulate all their requirements initially, meaning each new major opportunity requires renegotiations and contract changes. By the time these details are worked out, the opportunity might be lost.

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