First Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Second Advisor

Likarish, Daniel M.

Third Advisor

Hart, Douglas I.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Information Technology Management


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

34 pages


In order to stay competitive in today' business environment, organizations must realize data is a key asset that needs to be exploited in order to achieve success. The usual approach to this is the implementation of data warehouses and business intelligence applications. However, most data warehouses are underutilized by decision makers and knowledge workers due to their lack of technical knowledge about what the data represents and how to map it to the semantic business concepts of the enterprise. Through the integration of Information Objects with a Business Intelligence Reporting tool end-users can acquire consolidated view corporate information. Information Objects provides a single point of access to corporate data stored in disparate sources through the implementation of a metadata layer. Selected reports were re-created but using Information Objects, and the reports' performance and process in handling changes in requirement were compared. During first-time report generation of enhanced and existing reports no difference was found. However, the process for handling changes in report' requirements proved that Information Objects provided one single point of access, thus one single point of change, while ad-hoc reports required more effort from the developer. The implementation of Information Objects to report on data stored in disparate sources provided a better service to end-users who wanted to gain knowledge of corporate information through what-if scenarios and access to real-time data.

Date of Award

Fall 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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