Estimating Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) Projects

In the consulting world, project estimation is a critical component required for the delivery of a successful project. If you estimate correctly, you will deliver a project on time and within budget; get it wrong and you could end up over budget, with an unhappy client and a burned out team. Project estimation for business intelligence and data integration projects is especially difficult, given the number of stakeholders involved across the organization as well as the unknowns of data complexity and quality. In this article, I share my thoughts about the best way to approach a project estimate for an extract, transform, and load (ETL) project.

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