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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: About the Authors. Foreword. Preface.The Purpose of This Book.Complexity.Step-by-Step Guide.How This Book Is Organized.Part I: Stages and Steps.Part II: At a Glance.How to Use This Book.Who Should Read This Book.Business Representatives.Business Sponsors.Project Managers.Technicians.Comments.I. STAGES AND STEPS. 0. Guide to the Development Steps.Business Intelligence Definition.BI Decision-Support Initiatives.Development Approaches.The Traditional Development Approach.The Cross-Organizational Development Approach.Engineering Stages and the Development Steps.Parallel Development Tracks.BI Project Team Structure.The Core Team.The Extended Team.The BI Arbitration Board.Justification for Using This Project Lifecycle Guide.Bibliography and Additional Reading.1. Step 1: Business Case Assessment.Business Justification.Business Drivers.Business Analysis Issues.Information Needs.Types of Data Sources.Source Data Quality.Cost-Benefit Analysis.Risk Assessment.Business Case Assessment Activities.Deliverable Resulting from These Activities.Roles Involved in These Activities.Risks of Not Performing Step.Bibliography and Additional Reading.2. Step 2: Enterprise Infrastructure Evaluation. Step 2, Section A: Technical Infrastructure Evaluation.The Hardware Platform.Controlled Chaos.Hardware Platform Requirements.The Middleware Platform.DBMS Gateways.The DBMS Platform.Criteria for Selecting a DBMS.Technical Infrastructure Evaluation Activities.Deliverables Resulting from These Activities.Roles Involved in These Activities.Risks of Not Performing Step 2, Section A.Step 2, Section B: Nontechnical Infrastructure Evaluation.The Effects of Stovepipe Development.The Need for Nontechnical Infrastructure.Enterprise Architecture.Enterprise Standards.Nontechnical Infrastructure Evaluation Activities.Deliverable Resulting from These Activities.Roles Involved in These Activities.Risks of Not Performing Step 2, Section B.Bibliography and Additional Reading.Technical Infrastructure Evaluation.Nontechnical Infrastructure Evaluation.3. Step 3: Project Planning.Managing the BI Project.Defining the BI Project.Project Goals and Objectives.Project Scope.Project Risks.Project Constraints.Assumptions.Change-Control Procedures.Issues Management Procedures.Planning the BI Project.Activities and Tasks.Estimating Techniques.Resource Assignment.Task Dependencies.Resource Dependencies.Critical Path Method.Project Schedules.Project Planning Activities.Deliverables Resulting from These Activities.Roles Involved in These Activities.Risks of Not Performing Step 3.Bibliography and Additional Reading.4. Step 4: Project Requirements Definition.General Business Requirements.Interviewees for General Business. Bookseller Inventory #

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"If you are looking for a complete treatment of business intelligence, then go no further than this book. Larissa T. Moss and Shaku Atre have covered all the bases in a cohesive and logical order, making it easy for the reader to follow their line of thought. From early design to ETL to physical database design, the book ties together all the components of business intelligence."
--Bill Inmon, Inmon Enterprises

Business Intelligence Roadmap is a visual guide to developing an effective business intelligence (BI) decision-support application. This book outlines a methodology that takes into account the complexity of developing applications in an integrated BI environment. The authors walk readers through every step of the process--from strategic planning to the selection of new technologies and the evaluation of application releases. The book also serves as a single-source guide to the best practices of BI projects.

Part I steers readers through the six stages of a BI project: justification, planning, business analysis, design, construction, and deployment. Each chapter describes one of sixteen development steps and the major activities, deliverables, roles, and responsibilities. All technical material is clearly expressed in tables, graphs, and diagrams.

Part II provides five matrices that serve as references for the development process charted in Part I. Management tools, such as graphs illustrating the timing and coordination of activities, are included throughout the book. The authors conclude by crystallizing their many years of experience in a list of dos, don'ts, tips, and rules of thumb. The accompanying CD-ROM includes a complete, customizable work breakdown structure.

Both the book and the methodology it describes are designed to adapt to the specific needs of individual stakeholders and organizations. The book directs business representatives, business sponsors, project managers, and technicians to the chapters that address their distinct responsibilities. The framework of the book allows organizations to begin at any step and enables projects to be scheduled and managed in a variety of ways.

Business Intelligence Roadmap is a clear and comprehensive guide to negotiating the complexities inherent in the development of valuable business intelligence decision-support applications

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Larissa Moss is founder and president of Method Focus, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in business intelligence and data warehousing. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker at conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia on data warehousing, project management, development methodologies, and organizational and cultural issues. Her articles on these topics are regularly published in magazines such as DM Review and Journal of Data Warehousing. She is coauthor of Data Warehouse Project Management (Addison-Wesley, 2000) and Impossible Data Warehouse Situations (Addison-Wesley, 2003). She is a senior consultant at the Cutter Consortium and one of the authors of their Business Intelligence Executive Reports.

Shaku Atre is president of Atre Group, Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA based consulting organization specializing in business intelligence and data warehousing implementations. She is also the president of Atre Associates, Inc., a systems integration company based in New York City. Previously, she was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, held a variety of management and staff positions at IBM, and served as a faculty member of IBM's prestigious Systems Research Institute. She has authored hundreds of articles as a columnist for Information Week, Computerworld, eWeek and a number of other publications. She is the author of five books including Data Base: Structured Techniques for Design, Performance, and Management, Second Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 1988) and Distributed Databases, Cooperative Processing, and Networking (McGraw-Hill, 1992).



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