Survey: Time, cost woes mar data warehousing projects

Survey reveals that most efforts to eliminate time and cost overruns in business intelligence are unsuccessful

Efforts to eliminate time and cost overruns in business intelligence and data warehousing projects are mostly unsuccessful, according to a group of data warehousing professionals surveyed last week by Teksouth at Gartner's Business Intelligence Summit.

The survey found that 62 percent of those surveyed factor delays and cost overruns into budgets for data warehouse projects. Teksouth, is a services company that helps businesses implement data warehouses.

Teksouth said that two-thirds of those surveyed have been forced to either scale back their project or request additional funding to finish it due to budget overruns.

Two-thirds of the respondents also said they have run into "unanticipated" problems while designing and putting into place their data warehouse; while 44 percent of those said those problems had caused delays to projects.

Brad Marshall, Teksouth's director of commercial products, said that widespread reports about cost and time overruns continue inhibit smaller firms from implementing data warehouses, even though they do understand the potential benefits.

"They are scared by the prospects of the projects turning into a never-ending time and money pit, without clear deadlines in place they know will be met," he said.

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