Success factor of the data warehouse and business intelligence implementation

Data warehousing project is a complicated task that demands goals and resources from both business and technical departments. It is expensive but normally a basic project. If it is done by non experts and non skilled support, it can be an expensive and may cause project failure. Several business analysts believed most of the data warehousing projects are unsuccessful to meet their proposed objectives (Furlow, 2001).

Hwang and Xu (2007) have chosen eleven success factors:

Clearly defined business needs

Top Management Support

User involvement

High quality data source

Proper development technology

Enough IS staff and consultants

Project management

Practical Implementation Schedule

Proper planning/Scoping of project

Enough financial support

Measurable business benefits

Articlesbase (2010) has shown several factors that affect the implementation process of a business intelligence system. They are:

Business process and requirements.

ROI (Return on Investment).

Project management and resource assurance.

Company executives support

Take time to plan up front

Enough training to staff and change management.


1) Furlow, G. (2001).The Case for Building a Data Warehouse. Data Warehousing.  IT Pro. pp. 31-34.

2) Hwang M. I. and Xu H. (2007). The effect of implementation factors on data warehousing success: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Information, InformationTechnology, and Organisations, 2. pp. 1-14.

3) Articlesbase.(2010). Success factors of business intelligence implementation. Available at: http://www.articlesbase.com/training-articles/success-factors-of-bu.... (Accessed: 6 August, 2010)

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