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Rensselaer Data Warehouse Project

business intelligence tool selection committee

On October 18th, 2001, the Sponsorship Committee nominated over a dozen business users from across campus to serve on the Business Intelligence (BI) Tool Selection Committee. This committee was tasked with choosing the enterprise-wide BI tool that will be used to access information within the Rensselaer data warehouse environment.

From its onset, this committee helped to develop a BI Tool RFP that was sent out to 7 vendors in early November. A total of 6 vendors responded to the RFP before the November 21st deadline. Each vendor was given an opportunity to present its products to the committee in 3-hour sessions during the last week of November.

Through a structured evaluation process, the committee narrowed the field from 6 vendors down to the following 3:

These 3 vendors were then invited to provide the committee with a hands-on trial period during the month of December. Each vendor set up its products and spent a day training users and answering questions. Note that in addition to the committee members, other business users participated in the hands-on training.

At the end of the hands-on trial period, on December 19th, the committee met to officially select a BI tool vendor. After the 2-month evaluation process, Brio Software, Inc. was chosen as the BI tool solution for the Rensselaer Data Warehouse Project.


business intelligence tool selection committee members

David Bohan
Director, Alumni Relations
Craig Clawar
Assistant Director for Technical Operations, P&DE
Jackie Ellsworth
Associate Director, Controller's Office
Patricia Gray
Assistant Director, Contracts & Grants
Helen Grzymala
Associate Director of Financial Planning & Budget
Sharon Kunkel
Director of Student Records & Financial Services
Jack Mahoney
Director of Institutional Research
Keith Martens
Purchasing Agent, Procurement Services
Eileen McLoughlin
Director of Financial Planning & Budget
Cindy Price
HRIS Coordinator, Human Resources
Kim Scalzo
Director, Professional & Distance Education
Steven Schwan  
Manager of Financial Operations, P&AS
Donna Tomlinson
Manager of Financial Operations, School of Engineering