- Grossman's misquote of H.L. Mencken
Many organizations are tempted to build their data warehouse or implement a business intelligence system on their own. It seems like just another software design or implementation project, but DW/BI projects require different design skills than transactional systems. Adding a consultant to the project can prevent early mistakes that would otherwise haunt the team and the system.
Data warehouses and business intelligence systems have huge credibility risks. Users will quickly find any errors or inconsistencies in the information.
Trek consultants will provide guidance based on experience and objectivity. They possess the technical knowledge necessary for these projects and the business and financial perspective to anticipate system requirements. They know how different parts of the organization will use the information, and they know how to organize the information to calculate the metrics that people need to do their work.
Benefits of Consulting Services:
- Focus: A consultant can focus on the project while employees focus on their regular work. Day-to-day obligations don't stop when a project starts. Adding temporary consulting help will maintain normal operations while keeping the project moving.
- Credibility: A consultant brings specific experience and credibility that can accelerate the project.
- Independence and Objectivity: A consultant can objectively assess the project and propose solutions. Reporting structures and social dynamics can limit a free flow of ideas, while an independent consultant has the freedom (and responsibility) to propose solutions that might be unpopular.
- Advocacy: A consultant can validate and refine ideas. A 'second set of eyes' often finds things that might otherwise be missed.
- Thoroughness: A consultant can gather requirements thoroughly and effectively. People are more likely to explain seemingly obvious (but important) details to an outsider, while they might mistakenly assume an insider is aware of those details.