Select and Implement a Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution

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Your Challenge

  • Of organizations, 84% of CIOs invested in insight and intelligence in 2014; however, just because there is an appetite for BI does not mean the initiative will be an automatic success. In fact, many industry studies found that only 30-50% of organizations considered their BI initiative to be a complete success.
  • With the rapidly growing and complex data landscape, organizations are challenged to make sense of the ocean of available data.
  • BI is more than software. It has to address business needs and value has to be shown through BI content once the platform is implemented.
  • In addition to the established players, numerous emerging vendors continue to mature, creating a dynamic and complicated market space.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Leverage use cases. Base your vendor selection on your requirements and use case, rather than on overall performance.
  • Business Intelligence is an organization-wide solution. Engage the business in the selection and implementation to ensure you choose the right tool.
  • Business Intelligence is only the beginning; analytics is the end goal. BI helps you be aware of your current situation and understand “why;” BA gives you the forward-facing view to enable strategic decisions for your organization.
  • Don’t boil the ocean. Executives need to see it to believe it, making a pilot highly desirable.

Impact and Result

  • Evaluate your organization and land yourself into one of our four BI use cases. Find a BI suite that best suits the use case and therefore your organization.
  • Understand the ever-changing BI market. Get to know the established vendors as well as the emerging players.
  • Define BI requirements comprehensively through the lens of business, data, architecture, and user groups. Evaluate requirements to ensure they align with the strategic goals of the business.

Select and Implement a Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution

Onsite Workshop

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Launch a BI Selection Project

The Purpose

  • Identify the scope and objectives of the workshop.
  • Discuss the benefits and opportunities related to a BI investment.
  • Gain a high-level understanding of BI and the BI market definitions and details.
  • Outline a project plan and identify the resourcing requirements for the project. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine workshop scope.
  • Identify the business drivers and benefits behind a BI investment.
  • Outline the project plan for the organization’s BI selection project.
  • Determine project resourcing.
  • Identify/perform the steps to launch the organization’s selection project. 

Activities:
Outputs

1.1

Identify business drivers for investing in process automation technology.

1.2

Identify the organization’s fit for a BI investment.

1.3

Create a project plan.

1.4

Identify project resourcing.

1.5

Outline the project’s timeline.

1.6

Determine key metrics.

1.7

Determine project oversight.

1.8

Complete a project charter.

  • Completion of a project charter
  • Launched BI selection project

Module 2: Analyze BI Requirements and Shortlist Vendors

The Purpose

  • Identify functional requirements for the organization’s BI suite.
  • Determine technical requirements for the organization’s BI suite.
  • Identify the organization’s alignment to the Vendor Landscape’s use-case scenarios.
  • Shortlist BI vendors.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Documented functional requirements.
  • Documented technical requirements.
  • Identified use-case scenarios for the future BI solution.

Activities:
Outputs

2.1

Interview business stakeholders.

2.2

Interview IT staff.

2.3

Consolidate interview findings.

2.4

Build the solution’s requirements package.

  • Documented requirements for the future solution.

2.5

Identify use-case scenario alignment.

  • Identification of the organization’s BI functional use-case scenarios.

2.6

Review Info-Tech’s BI Vendor Landscape results.

2.7

Create custom shortlist.

  • Shortlist of BI vendors.

Module 3: Plan the Implementation Process

The Purpose

  • Identify the steps for the organization’s implementation process.
  • Select the right BI environment.
  • Run a pilot project.
  • Measure the value of your implementation.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Install a BI solution and prepare the BI solution in a way that allows intuitive and interactive uses.
  • Keep track of and quantify BI success.

Activities:
Outputs

3.1

Select the right environment for the BI platform.

3.2

Configure the BI implementation.

  • A successful BI implementation.

3.3

Conduct a pilot to get started with BI and to demonstrate BI possibilities.

  • BI is architected with the right availability.

3.4

Promote BI development in production.

  • BI ROI is captured and quantified.