A successful implementation of a business intelligence (BI) application requires the project team members to develop a solid understanding of the functional requirements and the technology in order to meet or exceed user expectations. Having worked on numerous BI projects in various capacities, I have experienced a number of challenges in implementing these applications. These challenges range from lack of internal support to technical difficulties – any of which could have caused a project to fail. From these experiences, I have developed a thought-provoking list of the top 10 warning signs of a troubled BI project. The warning signs displayed in progressive order of concern.

The project sponsor is an individual who approves and provides the funding for the project. This individual is committed to the success of the project and is typically the internal champion who promotes and helps resolve any internal disputes or issues that are impacting the project. Without dedicated sponsorship, the project may not receive the recognition or the support it needs to be successful within the organization.

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