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Rensselaer Data Warehouse Project

project success criteria

Representatives from DecisionWorks Consultants, Inc. visited Rensselaer for a 10-day period from September 10th to September 19th, 2001 to perform a business requirements analysis that involved interviews with 49 Rensselaer staff members. Upon completion of the on-campus interview process, DecisionWorks provided a summary of project success criteria for the Rensselaer Data Warehouse Project, as presented below.

easy and intuitive

Overwhelmingly, the most often-mentioned success criterion for the proposed data warehouse was an environment that is easy to use. The participants had a strong desire for a system that is intuitive and readily understandable.


The second most frequently mentioned success criterion was accessibility. The data available from within the data warehouse should be accessible to users across the Institute. The portfolios should not be dependent on an intermediary for access to decision-making information.

flexible and interpretable

The data warehouse environment should support slicing and dicing of data to enable a user to pose a question from many different angles. Further, the data warehouse needs to be responsive to ad hoc queries. The resulting information should be clearly defined for unambiguous interpretation.

consistent and credible

The data warehouse environment should provide information that is consistent, accurate, timely, and credible. Portfolio managers should be able to utilize analyses from the data warehouse to make decisions with confidence and with the support of the Cabinet.