Requirements for BI projects can’t be defined in advance
This is the most fundamental difference between BI projects and IT projects. For an IT project, a healthcare organization can completely define its needs for a network upgrade project, or it can almost completely define its needs for an accounting system or a CRM system upfront. That’s not the case with BI and analytics projects—there’s no way to know what the data is going to reveal until executives start asking and answering questions. Today, organizations have much better tools that enable changes throughout a project. Data discovery tools from Qlik, Tableau and others have revolutionized the delivery of these projects. And the big vendors have followed suit with their own tools that enable fast prototyping and data profiling.