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By Laura Reeves

Geared toward supporting company and IT managers essentially speak with one another, this beneficial ebook addresses issues straight-on and offers useful ways to construction a collaborative info warehouse . You’ll get transparent motives of the targets and targets of every degree of the knowledge warehouse lifecycle whereas studying the jobs that either company managers and technicians play at every one degree. Discussions of the main severe determination issues for achievement at every one part of the information warehouse lifecycle assist you comprehend ways that either company and IT administration could make judgements that top meet unified pursuits.

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R E C O M M E N D A T I O N Because both too broad a focus and too narrow a focus on the business is bad, there must be a middle ground that is more successful. The best balance is achieved when the underlying data needed to create performance indicators is loaded in the data warehouse and made available to support detailed analysis. Executives and high-level managers can drill down into the data themselves or rely on their employees to follow up on the more detailed analysis. Either way, the data is available to support the needed analysis.

For example, Chapter 1 ■ Gaining Data Warehouse Success claims managers can see how close they are to reaching the target of making a first payment on claims within the first ten days of opening a new claim. Reporting and understanding financial results: A data warehouse can help identify departments that have exceeded their monthly budgets, highlight suppliers who have consistently met profitability goals, and single out products that have contributed the most (or least) to the bottom line. Understanding customers and their behavior: Exception reports that highlight changes in consumer purchase patterns can help identify shifts in the marketplace or erosion of brand loyalty.

Middle management, from both the business and the systems community, may need a more detailed form of an executive briefing. It is helpful to have these on a monthly basis. This is often done by including a brief time slot in regularly scheduled staff meetings. Monthly updates for the target user group may also be enough. Again, the opportunity to share progress can be easily included in regular staff meetings. N O T E It is critical to continue regular communication when there is no significant progress to report.

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