My May 2003 column, "The Four Legs of a Successful Business Intelligence Project Team," listed project sponsorship and governance as one of the four legs of a successful BI project team. This month we take a closer look at the power of sponsorship and governance and the role it plays in enterprise- wide BI success.

A BI project needs both business and IT sponsorship. You need to get the sponsorship from the business that needs the BI solution the most. The stakeholder business unit could be a line of business (LOB), a business function (such as marketing, finance) or geography (in a multinational company). The IT group working on this project may be either a centralized IT group or the IT group assigned to that business unit.

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