Business Intelligence projects are unique; they are not the same as other IT projects and failures are common when BI is treated as a regular IT project. If you ask “If BI project success has never been achieved before, why will this project succeed?” and do not receive a satisfactory answer, there is an issue to resolve immediately. These projects are too important to trust to hope and to people who are learning whilst on-the-job.
IT-led BI projects fail 8 out of 10 times. Moving early with the acquisition of new software tools creates a mind-set of, “We have chosen the tools, now let’s find the problems.” This in most cases results in problems being shaped to fit pre-determined solutions and is a significant cause of failure.