CHAPTER 3

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Planning Solutions

He who fails to plan is planning to fail.

—Winston Churchill

The most important first step in designing a data warehouse (DW)/business intelligence (BI) system, paradoxically, is to stop.

—Ralph Kimball

Planning is fundamentally important in any undertaking. This is no less true in the case of creating a BI solution. Although no plan is perfect and a protracted planning process is the bane of many projects, even simple BI solutions can benefit from some planning. The trick is to find a balance.

In this chapter, we show you techniques to plan a BI solution. We include tips on conducting interviews, data identification, ...

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