Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, announced the availability of Teradata Solutions Methodology 4.3, a comprehensive project-management tool used by Teradata professional services consultants, strategic partners and customers to orchestrate all aspects of enterprise data warehouse implementation.

The Teradata Solutions Methodology is a patent-pending collection of integrated processes, customized tools and quantifiable metrics from initial strategic planning to technical implementation, user training and customer support. It is built upon, and continually refined with, best practices developed at many of the world’s most successful data warehouse implementations.

“Every day of delay in a data warehouse implementation represents a day of lost business opportunity. By trusting non-specialized implementation plans, too many organizations take unnecessary risks,” said Mike Weaver, vice president of Teradata professional services. “Use of the Teradata Solutions Methodology helps eliminate rework, delays, cost overruns and potential failed data warehouse implementations.”

Available in eight languages, the Teradata Solutions Methodology visually displays, defines and orchestrates the sequence of work of more than 280 separate tasks associated with enterprise data warehouse implementation. It tracks and accounts for the interaction of the work to be completed by Teradata engineers, partners, customers and third-party contractors.

According to Weaver, many non-Teradata implementations take on a life of their own and grow into an unwieldy tangle. Teradata takes a step-by-step approach with milestones along the way. At each step, incremental value is achieved, which builds momentum for the project. Teradata Solutions Methodology is capable of delivering measurable success to customers every 100 days.

The Teradata Solutions Methodology is also the foundation for the innovative Data Warehouse Maturity Assessment service that delivers a report card to chief executive officers and chief information officers (CIOs). The Maturity Assessment service is used to align a company’s business intelligence infrastructure with their strategic business goals by evaluating 11 critical data warehousing categories. The report card highlights data warehousing characteristics that are drivers to achieving a competitive advantage while exposing existing bottlenecks that may be inhibiting the return on investment of the data warehouse.

Once the assessment is complete, CIOs are provided a plan with prioritized recommendations on how to overcome obstacles and enhance the value of their data warehouse. Teradata consultants detail the necessary actions to maximize the value of the data warehouse by enhancing the critical success factors such as improved data quality, architectural governance, end-user sophistication and data freshness capabilities.

Weaver commented that the Teradata professional services organization is the largest global consulting force dedicated solely to enterprise data warehousing implementations. The team includes consultants with expertise in analytic applications, specific vertical industries and technical issues.

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