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.