What exactly are "multiple environments?" It's an infrastructure that allows your business to separate BI development endeavors from the live environment the organization uses for reporting and analytics.
"Why would I need it?" Development is not always a quick 5 or even 15-minute fix. Larger projects can take days, weeks, even months to complete, so you need a sandbox for the developers to 'play' in while the rest of the organization continues forward with 100% uptime on their live reporting environment. Some organizations may even choose to separate the Dev sandbox from QA (Quality Assurance) efforts, so a third Test environment may be needed!
But "do I need multiple environments?" As with any business question, 'it depends'. If your development is limited to just adding a field here or a new measure there during the initial implementation of your business intelligence project, you may be able to wiggle by without separated environments.
It may make sense to separate development from the live environment if:
It may make sense to implement a QA environment if your organization has
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