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Case Study: The Illogical Logical Data Warehouse: Inventing Architectures, Improving Decisions, and Leading Change at a Modern University

October 14, 2020

Prerequisite: None

Dan Young

Dan Young

Chief Data Architect

Indiana University

In 2015, Indiana University launched the Decision Support Initiative (DSI) intended to provide the timely, relevant, and accurate information needed to facilitate better institutional decision making. To accomplish this goal, IU recognized the need to take a fresh approach towards business intelligence, data management, and its organizational data culture. Since inception and through its full deployment today, the scope of DSI has encompassed all ways that data is created, delivered, and supported for fact-based decision making—while fundamentally revising technical architectures, cultural behaviors, tool sets, and development processes.

Join us as we retell this story of change within the IU decision-making culture, a DSI tale of both the strategic and tactical roads traveled toward building a fully functional analytics organization. Topics to be shared include: constructing an agile business intelligence team, developing business “product owner” relationships, adopting a robust, logical data warehouse, and establishing a grassroots data governance program.

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