The Fine Art of Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence RFPs
Our core team has traveled the globe building relationships, gaining experience, and perfecting our methodology. No matter where our expertise brings us, it usually starts with an assessment. One of our team’s many assessments include Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Request for Proposals (RFPs). Team member, Brian Annechino, gives us his expert insight on what it’s like to manage and successfully execute an RFP in our latest whitepaper, which begins:
“Whether you are seeking to store your data in a new data warehouse technology, provide your end-users with a slick BI tool, or looking for that best-of-breed ETL tool, the proper management of the RFP process should be Priority #1! Even if you are comfortable with the technology that you are investigating, perhaps from a previous employment or experience, your end-users are now different, and going through an RFP process is almost always the proper starting point.
Choosing a data warehouse or business intelligence technology is not a light-hearted decision. These decisions can often “make” (or “break”) the lead sponsor’s career. Yes, this seems a little dramatic, but it’s true! With so many stakeholders involved (business users, IT, management, etc.), you can either position yourself to be the Hero or the Villain in this story. From the IT group who is managing the technology to the end-users who are benefiting (or not benefiting) to the executive management who financed the project, there are many people involved who will have eyes on you and your management of the process…”