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Modernizing the data warehouse environment without a plan can result in:

  • Rework due to poor alignment with business pains or opportunities
  • Wasted investment and further complication of the data environment
  • Increased business frustration and more instances of shadow IT for data analysis

Developing a clear business case and roadmap for data warehouse modernization leads to:

  • Stronger IT understanding of the business’ primary drivers
  • Clearly defined use cases for data warehouse modernization
  • A deployment that does not require overhauls every year

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Module 1: Assess the Current Data Warehouse Environment

The Purpose

  • Discuss the general project overview for data warehouse modernization.
  • Establish the business and IT perspectives of the current state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Holistic understanding of the current data warehouse.
  • Business user engagement from the start of the project.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Review data warehouse project history.
  • Data warehouse maturity assessment
1.2 Evaluate data warehouse maturity.
1.3 Draw architecture diagrams.
1.4 Review supporting data management practices.
  • Data architecture diagrams

Module 2: Explore Business Opportunities

The Purpose

  • Conduct a user workshop session to elicit the most pressing needs of business stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Modernization technology selection is directly informed by business drivers.
  • In-depth IT understanding of the business pains and opportunities.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Review general trends and drivers in your industry.
  • Business ideas for modernization
2.2 Identify primary business frustrations, opportunities, and risks.
2.3 Identify business processes to target for modernization.
2.4 Capture business ideas for the future state.
  • Defined strategic direction for data warehouse modernization

Module 3: Review the Technology Landscape

The Purpose

  • Educate IT staff on the most common technologies for data warehouse modernization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Improved ability for IT to match technology with business ideas.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Appoint Modernization Advisors.
  • Modernization Advisors identified
3.2 Hold an open education and discussion forum for modernization technologies.
  • Modernization technology education deck

Module 4: Define Modernization Solutions

The Purpose

  • Consolidate business ideas into modernization initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Refinement of the strategic direction for data warehouse modernization.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Match business ideas to technology solutions.
  • Identified strategic direction for data warehouse modernization
4.2 Group similar ideas to create modernization initiatives.
  • Defined modernization initiatives
4.3 Create future-state architecture diagrams.
  • Future-state architecture for data warehouse

Module 5: Establish a Modernization Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Validate and build out initiatives with business users.
  • Define benefits and costs to establish ROI.
  • Identify enablers and barriers to modernization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Completion of materials for a compelling business case and roadmap.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Validate use cases with business users.
  • Validated modernization initiatives
5.2 Define initiative benefits.
5.3 Identify enablers and barriers to modernization.
5.4 Define preliminary activities for initiatives.
5.5 Evaluate initiative costs.
  • Data warehouse modernization roadmap
5.6 Determine overall ROI.
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