Rob Farris would like to thank Mahesh Pethe, CBIP, Senior Manager at Hitachi Consulting for contributing this month’s column. Business Intelligence projects are managed using a variety of software development life cycles. User acceptance testing activities  are a critical part of any BI project lifecycle, because they are usually the final set of testing activities before the project is signed off and deployed into production.   Part 1, I discussed the many challenges faced during the UAT phase of BI projects. Part 2 examines how to address and overcome those challenges as well as how to maximize the success of UAT.

In order to mitigate the many potential UAT challenges, the UAT phase must be planned well in advance of its commencement. For a typical four- to six-month BI project, UAT planning should start during the design/build phases, or a minimum of two to four weeks before its actual start.   Prior to commencing the UAT phase, complete these critical milestones:

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