Business Intelligence and Data warehousing systems represent a major commitment
of funds and resources and are intended to leverage the competitive
capabilities of a company. It is critical that the fundamental elements
necessary for a successful implementation be established up-front. This can be
achieved through prototyping and proofs of concept (POC).
POC process uses a partially populated Data model/warehouse/mart and a
collection of business intelligence reports that provide a broad range of
sophisticated cause-and-effect analysis. The POC is based on a limited data
model, which incorporates relevant business data to enable users to fully
understand the value of a fully implemented data model, warehouse or mart.
The POC is often used to evaluate the tools and efforts necessary to integrate
the selected tools. The prototype can be used as the foundation or starting
poit for a full production system.