Business Environment

Focusing on the business components of the data warehousing function, this category covers the business strategy and the alignment of data warehousing initiatives to the strategy. It includes the ownership, sponsorship and participation by the business community in data warehousing initiatives. Lastly, it looks at the financial aspects of data warehousing. Assessment characteristics for this category include:

Organization Environment

This category centers on the human element and organizational aspects of the management, delivery, control and coordination of data warehousing initiatives. It involves information technology management issues, policies and practices, standards, metrics and methodology. Assessment characteristics for this category include:

Application Environment

This category involves the application portfolio which represents the source systems that "feed" data warehouses and support the business. The general focus is on application effectiveness and efficiency. It deals with the qualitative aspects of legacy applications and application portfolio maintenance and improvement. Assessment characteristics for this category include:

Data Environment

This category concentrates on the essential data and information aspects of business intelligence. It deals with both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of data and information as well its structure and organization. Assessment characteristics for this category include:

Technical Environment

This category examines the components of the technical infrastructure of the data warehousing environment. Both the development and the operational environments are addressed. Other areas include the management, configuration and control aspects of the technical infrastructure. Assessment characteristics for this category include:

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