Mixing the old with the new was the main theme this week at TDWI World Conference Spring 2001 in Washington, D.C. Attendees went to numerous seminars where they could learn and relearn the basics of building and maintaining a data warehouse. But attendees were also reminded that new developments and trends were headed their way. "This is not your father's data warehouse and I've seen too many projects on the verge of being cancelled," says John Ladley, CEO of Chicago-based Knowledge InterSpace, who delivered the Monday keynote "Your plans have to be focused on business and include a return on investment."
Those attending the conference were also reminded that data warehousing, analytic applications and business intelligence are no longer just the sole domain of the information technology department. To get support for current and future projects DBAs, DAs, CIOs and MIS managers need the full backing of the business side of the enterprise. "We had to get leadership buy-in," Kim Graves, deputy director of the VBA Data Management Office told seminar attendees Tuesday. "We had to change focus from 'technology toy' to business tool."
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