Business Intelligence Program Planning
Business Intelligence is not a one time project with a definable
end. BI is a lifetime process. As the business evolves or changes,
so too do the BI requirements.
Therefore, the best approach to any BI program is to start by 'chunking'
up BI delivery into tactical projects and align them back to business
Business Intelligence Portfolio
A BI Portfolio outlines the capability to incrementally deploy
business value through business intelligence in an incremental and
The Portfolio approach consists of:
- Business Discovery – of the value BI can drive into the
- Source Data Analysis –
BI Rollout Portfolio chunks work into projects and programs of
groups of projects.
Financial BI Solution
For instance, if one of the greatest needs or pain areas is finance
– the BI focus may be financial and analytic outcomes to meet
universal business requirements around reporting and analytics.
The output may be more robust financial reporting. This outcome
meets a specifi need of the business.
In general, look for the biggest needs first, and hit those first.
These provide good wins to further champion the BI program.
Financials and markets serve as identifiers of threats and opportunities
for the business.
Take each of these stages and align them with overlying business
capabilities – becomes the touchstone for the IT team to talk
to the business.
Overall, businesses are more concerned with overall capability
of the system rather than the functional aspects of any one application.
So in terms of staging BI delivery, this helps in both planning
it also serves as a great communication tool as to what the intent
and vision of BI is, and what it can deliver.
Staging BI in a business driven way is achieved by taking the
BI Plan and deconstructing it into the applications and the data.
The applications and data are mapped to the area of business impact.
There is a lot of talk around Agile BI – aiming for a nimble
quick hit approach to delivering BI. However, BI suits a more structured
rollout, with project steps incrementally building the BI capability
by chunks of data and functionality.
This more structured approach has more benefits for the business
than an agile approach. Business users and managers get better value
and know what is coming next.
This value includes both incremental evolution of BI as well as
of the data associated with the application. a BI program also evolves
the data infrastructure. Summing the end benefits of data and applications,
the whole is greater than sum of parts.
Make BI planning deliberate and communicate it in a way that the
business can understand and connect to. Get closer to the business
and partner with it on the BI Process.
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