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Lessons Learned From Starting Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing Projects in Australian Universities

AAIR's Inaugural Webinar

Presented by Mr David Cawthorne, Business Intelligence Manager, Charles Darwin University.

Abstract

Diving into a Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing initiative is a complex and risky business. The process is made more difficult in resource-poor universities with competing initiatives all vying for a shrinking envelope funds. When ROI is difficult to articulate, a good approach is to provide early deliverables to an engaged and high-profile champion.

This presentation looks at two separate greenfield attempts at the process at two Universities, examining the key lessons learned in early data modelling, ETL building, and report production while also trialling an Agile development methodology in virtual teams. The presentation also compares two different approaches to program-wide scheduling and the shortcomings inexperienced teams using an Agile development have in assuring timeframes for delivery of long-term goals, and robust warehouse design.

Having undertaken key roles in the delivery teams at both Western Sydney and Charles Darwin universities’ first reports built off dimensionally modelled data warehouses, the presenter shares his experiences of what went well and what didn’t, and identifies the most important lessons that will determine the future of the program of works to build a mature BI environment for Charles Darwin University.

Biography

David Cawthorne has spent 25 years working in Australian Universities where he spent time split between systems integration and institutional research roles. He has worked in centralised IT and Planning teams as well as performing analyst roles embedded in business units, giving both a board and a focused view of the data problems of Universities.

David’s professional mission statement is to provide the means for timely access to the best possible information within a system that is supportable, maintainable, and within the reach of the organisations with which he associates himself, a mission he is applying in his current role as Charles Darwin University’s Business Intelligence Manager.

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