Build a Next Generation BI with a Game-Changing BI Strategy

Put the business back in business intelligence by injecting new BI use cases.

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Your Challenge

  • IT and BI providers are under pressure to provide an environment that facilitates flexible delivery of data to business users to empower informed decision making.
  • Even if a BI strategy was originally developed, its relevance declines over time if BI providers are not continually revisiting ever-changing business needs and the reality of new data sources that could be added in the mix.
  • Many organizations jump straight into solution design and purchase the latest BI platform without a true understanding of the organization’s needs, or without assessing practices and processes around the data feeding BI.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • A BI program is not a static project that is created once and remains unchanged. Treat the strategy like a living platform and continually revisit the high-level business goals and objectives in order to effectively enable decision making.
  • Put the “B” back in BI. Don’t have IT doing BI for IT’s sake; ensure the voice and needs of the business are the primary drivers for your strategy.
  • Go beyond the platform. The solution to better BI often lies in improving the BI practice, not acquiring the latest and greatest tool.
  • Roadmap for success. Build a roadmap to deploy your BI strategy that drives quick wins helping build a grass roots enterprise-wide support for your project.

Impact and Result

  • Develop business intelligence improvement initiatives that are rooted in overall business objectives.
  • Focus on understanding the organization’s current BI landscape instead of adding extra tools that will further complicate the environment.
  • Leverage different approaches for pinpointing BI capability gaps and getting to the core of what BI consumers really want.
  • Create a roadmap that will detail the iterative development of a business intelligence program over the short and long term.

Build a Next Generation BI with a Game-Changing BI Strategy

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should create or refresh the BI Strategy and review Info-Tech’s approach to developing a BI strategy that meets business needs.


1

Understand the business context and BI landscape

Lay the foundation for the BI strategy by detailing key business information and analyzing current BI usage.

2

Evaluate the current BI practice

Assess the maturity level of the current BI practice and envision a future state.

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Business Intelligence & Reporting Course

Put the business back in business intelligence by injecting new BI use cases.
This course makes up part of the Data & BI Certificate.

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Course information:

Title: Business Intelligence & Reporting Course
Number of Course Modules: 4
Estimated Time to Complete: 2-2.5 hours

Featured:
Crystal Singh, Research Director, Applications Practice
David Piazza, VP of Research & Advisory, Applications Practice

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Module 1: Establish Business Vision and Understand the Current BI Landscape

The Purpose

  • Document overall business vision, mission, and key objectives; assemble project team.
  • Collect in-depth information around current BI usage and BI user perception.
  • Create requirements gathering principles and gather requirements for a BI platform. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Increased IT–business alignment by using the business context as the project starting point
  • Identified project sponsor and project team
  • Detailed understanding of trends in BI usage and BI perception of consumers
  • Refreshed requirements for a BI solution 

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Gather key business information (overall mission, goals, objectives, drivers).

  • Articulated business context that will guide BI strategy development

1.2

Establish a high-level ROI.

  • ROI for refreshing the BI strategy

1.3

Identify ideal candidates for carrying out a BI project.

  • BI project team

1.4

Undertake BI usage analyses, BI user perception survey, and a BI artifact inventory.

  • Comprehensive summary of current BI usage that has quantitative and qualitative perspectives

1.5

Develop requirements gathering principles and approaches.

  • BI requirements are confirmed

1.6

Gather and organize BI requirements

Module 2: Evaluate Current BI Maturity and Identify the BI Patterns for the Future State

The Purpose

  • Define current maturity level of BI practice.
  • Envision the future state of your BI practice and identify desired BI patterns. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Know the correct migration method for Exchange Online.
  • Prepare user profiles for the rest of the Office 365 implementation. 

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Perform BI SWOT analyses.

  • Exchange migration strategy

2.2

Assess current state of the BI practice and review results.

  • Current state of BI practice is documented from multiple perspectives

2.3

Create guiding principles for the future BI practice.

  • Guiding principles for future BI practice are established, along with the desired BI patterns linked to functional requirements

2.4

Identify desired BI patterns and the associated BI functionalities/requirements.

2.5

Define the future state of the BI practice.

  • Future BI practice is defined

2.6

Establish the critical success factors for the future BI, identify potential risks, and create a mitigation plan.

  • Critical success factors, potential risks, and a risk mitigation plan are defined

Module 3: Build Improvement Initiatives and Create a BI Development Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Build overall BI improvement initiatives and create a BI improvement roadmap.
  • Identify supplementary initiatives for enhancing your BI program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined roadmap composed of robust improvement initiatives

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Create BI improvement initiatives based on outputs from phase 1 and 2 activities. Build an improvement roadmap.

  • Comprehensive BI initiatives placed on an improvement roadmap

3.2

Build an improvement roadmap.

3.3

Create an Excel governance policy.

  • Excel governance policy is created

3.4

Create a plan for a BI ambassador network.

  • Internal BI ambassadors are identified

Search Code: 79665
Published: January 25, 2016
Last Revised: January 25, 2016