Business intelligence projects have historically produced remarkable results for countless companies. Properly implemented, BI projects give business analysts and management access to timelier, more accurate information to enable them to make better decisions. However, successful implementation of any business intelligence – or IT – project requires one other BI component: business involvement.

It is crucial that a company’s business user community be involved with the design of any BI solution and the underlying enterprise data warehouse. Building an EDW without the business community’s involvement is akin to constructing a building development project without a blueprint. In fact, a lack of involvement from businesspeople is perhaps the single most prevalent reason for failure of an EDW/BI solution.

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