In This Chapter
Making users an important part of your data warehousing project
Letting real business situations determine how you design your data warehouse
Defining user acceptance
And now, presenting The Data Warehousing User's Anthem, as sung by a misinformed, snooty data warehousing specialist (with apologies to James Taylor):
Don't know much about the OLAP tool
I think data mining is for fools
Don't know what a database is for
Just give me a bunch of data to the core.
Now, I don't claim to be a technologist
But I'll pretend to be
Cause then I can sit in meetings all day long
Rather than become just another worker bee.
This song summarizes the most contemptible attitude I've seen (occasionally) on the part of those who deem themselves data warehousing professionals.
To be perfectly clear, this song doesn't reflect my view of users in a data warehousing project (or any project, for that matter). Increasingly, however, I've noticed a changing perception among some data warehousing specialists. They seem to be saying, "We know what's best for your data warehouse — not just the tools, but also how you should use the data, what levels of detail you should have — all that. Step aside, step aside: professionals at work."
Without user involvement during all stages of a data warehousing project (from the first moments of the project's scope, not just during after-the-fact testing of what has been developed "for them"), you can't have a successful ...