It's the New Year and time to think about fresh starts and resolutions. One of the banes of business intelligence (BI) managers over the years has been getting different departments to "play nice" with each other when building and using the BI environment. Getting representatives from different departments to agree on the definition of any entity or attribute is hard enough, but just try to get them to share their data! In keeping with New Year's resolutions, how about if we make this the year of corporate collaboration?

Sounds good - but what does that mean and how do we get started? The first thing to recognize is that collaboration performed just for collaboration's sake is probably doomed to failure. Unless your company has a specific process through which collaboration becomes a natural requirement and a goal or objective is associated with it, it may be seen as forced, unwarranted or even just gossip mongering!

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