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Top tips for Oracle OLAP success

This article contains 20 quick tips based on real-world experience and research data. Some of the tips you may already know but most are counterintuitive. The 20 quick tips below can help lead the way to OLAP success.

1. Avoid grandiose big bang "enterprise BI."
2. Don't try and force every project to use one "corporate standard" tool.
3. Don't spend forever collecting user requirements.
4. Don't create large RFPs.
5. Do make sure your short list consist of comparable products.
6. Define your business needs before meeting a salesman.
7. Don't do short trials of multiple products.
8. Visit reference sites armed with a long list of questions.
9. Beware the power of the brand.
10. Test query performance in a similar environment to your own.
11. Always do a multiproduct evaluation when selecting BI tools.
12. Not all apparently independent "research" is what it purports to be.
13. Don't buy more software licenses than you need.
14. Don't assume that the Web is always the best BI architecture.
15. Try and deliver end-user applications via Excel add-ins.
16. Do use consultants to help choose and implement BI solutions.
17. Try to ensure that projects are led by business users involved with the project.
18. Aim for an initial rollout of the application within three months.
19. Always allow plenty of time for dealing with poor quality or inaccessible data.
20. Always take account of the cost of software.


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