State of the Art

Business & Information Systems Engineering

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 33-43

First online:

Method Support of Information Requirements Analysis for Analytical Information Systems

State of the Art, Practice Requirements, and Research Agenda
  • Florian StrohAffiliated withInstitute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen
  • , Robert WinterAffiliated withInstitute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen
  • , Felix WortmannAffiliated withInstitute of Information Management, University of St. Gallen Email author 

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Due to specific characteristics of analytical information systems, their development varies significantly from transaction-oriented systems. Specific method support is particularly needed for requirements engineering and its information-related component, information requirements analysis. The paper at hand first evaluates the state of the art and identifies necessary method support extensions. On this basis, method support requirements for information requirements engineering are identified. The survey is structured along the five core activities of traditional requirements engineering. It reveals a need for further research especially on information requirements elicitation, validation, and management. It further contributes to a discussion of aspects that should be considered by any method support. Due to comparatively long life cycles of analytical information systems, the introduction of a process perspective is discussed in order to ensure the continuous elicitation, documentation, and management of information requirements.


Information requirements analysis Analytical information systems Data warehousing Business intelligence Method engineering