In a previous blog post, The problems with BI development, I wrote the rut into which many BI implementations have become stuck.
In order to break the BI backlog, move towards more pervasive BI and increase the BI business ROI, an enterprise needs to make fundamental changes to their BI efforts. These changes are interrelated and necessary for success.
For an enterprise to truly experience a BI breakout, here are four of the things we should do differently:
I’ll discuss the first one below, and the rest in upcoming blog posts.
There are many new or evolving BI tools that enable business people to access the data they need on a recurring basis and perform much of their exploratory business analytics. BI analytical styles such as data discovery, data visualization, OLAP (On-Line Analytical Processing) analysis and interactive BI were built for business people rather than IT folks creating a flurry of reports.
Although these tools will produce initial excitement, especially with business power users, they will not, in isolation, bring about the fundamental change necessary. The cautions:
Check back in a couple of days for #2, “Triage business requests for new BI deliverables such as dashboards, reports, cubes.”