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Posted by Boris Evelson on July 10, 2013
Initial business intelligence (BI) ployment efforts are often difficult to predict and may dwarf the investment you made in BI platform software. The effort and costs associated with professional services, whether you use internal staff or hire contractors, depend not only on the complexity of business requirements like metrics, measures, reports, dashboards, and alerts, but also on the number of data sources you are integrating, the complexity of your data integration processes, and logical and physical data modeling. At the very least Forrester recommends considering the following components and their complexity to estimate development, system integration and deployment effort:
Based on these and many other components and variables Forrester created a customizable spreadsheet model. We recommend using this new BI deployment effort estimation tool to improve the accuracy of your BI budget planning and forecasting. The tool is also useful to improve the accuracy of BI cost estimates as part of your overall BI business case / BI ROI model.
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