A data warehouse is a system used for reporting and data analysis. It is considered a core component of business intelligence. Unfortunately in many cases, these efforts are getting disrupted, stalled or stopped altogether. DATAVERSITY brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Four Ways to Kill a Data Warehouse.”

There are my suppositions as to what causes these problems. Many believe it is a lack of ownership. The role of IT is an enabler of the program, meaning IT can make decisions on the technology, infrastructure, platform, etc. However, business leadership is the one to define the need, requirements, capabilities, functionality, road map and the strategic direction of the data warehousing program. Without this leadership, the best of efforts can fail.

The important thing to remember is: yes, IT should keep up with the latest advancements in the technology field, but everyone should be in agreement that technology alone does not solve a business problem.

Melody K. Smith

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