Rob Farris would like to thank Mahesh Pethe, CBIP, senior manager at Hitachi Consulting for contributing this month’s column.

BI projects, like most IT projects, are managed using a variety of software development lifecycles. The user acceptance testing activities are typically the last set before the project is signed off on and deployed. It is the final point in the project lifecycle to increase and ensure quality before it truly matters - once the product is deployed defects truly impact the business. UAT is typically the first time that real users gain an understanding of the product, view and verify the data, use its full functionality and provide valuable feedback. Therefore, UAT is a critical part of any BI project lifecycle.

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