You have followed the tenets of effective project management and your data warehouse is completed. How do you know that your data warehouse is a success? Do you need three or five years to see if you get the ROI (return on investment) .proposed in your plan? How long do you have to wait before you can assert dun your data warehouse effort is success-ful. Or, are there some immediate signs indicating, success? There is some such indications cii success that can he observed within a short time after implementation. The following happenings generally indicate success:
Figure 4-12 provides a list of key factors for a successful, data warehouse project.
- Queries and reports, rapid increase in the number of queries and reports requested by 01..2 users directly from the data warehouse
- Query types—queries becoming more sophisticated
- Active users:- steady increase in the number of users
- Usage— users spending more and more time in the data warehouse looking for solutions
- Tionumund times marked decrease in the times required for obtaining strategic information
Figure 4-12 provides a list of key factors for a successful, data warehouse project. By no means is this list an exhaustive compilation of all possible ingredients for success. Nor is it a Magic wand to guarantee success in every situation. You very well know that a good part of ensuring success .depends onl your specific project, its definite objectives. and its unique project management challenges. Therefore, use the list for general guidance.