BusinessObjects XI (Release 2): The Complete Reference by Cindi Howson

By Cindi Howson

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You may start out on the implementation with one set of goals only to discover a more important goal as you proceed. In some cases, good scope management will help the project stay on track. In other cases, recognize that business intelligence is not as exact as other technology projects and requires a degree of flexibility. Capabilities are delivered on an iterative basis rather than a traditional waterfall project lifecycle. Often, you may feel that a BI project never ends, and in fact, it doesn’t and shouldn’t.

The business users are reasonably happy because each report is customized with their view of the data; it’s easy (no training required), and it’s correct because the data came directly from the transaction system/ERP. However, this approach to information access poses several problems: • The report developer generally has to know the detailed ERP/OLTP schema and programming language. • The cost to develop and maintain one report is high. Because the report developer is several steps removed from the business, it may take multiple iterations to get the report right.

A business intelligence implementation is a project that you will never finish and is one in which the best you can do is to provide a starting point for users to make more informed PART I At the time of this writing, Business Objects is considered the leading BI vendor in terms of revenues, product capabilities, and market presence as defined by a number of analyst firms, including IDC, Forrester, and Gartner. Although there has been recent consolidation, the market remains relatively fragmented, and competition is fierce.

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