Business Intelligence Strategic Assessment
A Business Intelligence (BI) Strategic Assessment helps organizations
plan a BI implementation focused on the organization's specific
needs. It acts as a strategic customization profile.
The assessment is completed using a series of facilitated sessions,
background information reviews, and incorporates BI methodology
Strategic and Readiness Assessments are critical to the success
of a BI program rollout. Among the most common reasons for the failure
of business intelligence and data warehousing projects is the lack
of proper review, preparation and planning. These assessments mitigate
these risks as much as possible.
Assessment, planning and preparation ensure a more effective and
positive impact from a business intelligence investment, in the
shortest time, and with the least overall cost.
BI Strategic Assessment Outcome
The outcome is a comprehensive [~50 pages] report [documentation,
models, diagrams, plans and recommendations] on how the organization
should organize, plan and implement their business intelligence
system. It includes:
- Business Goals and Objectives
- Business Library [definitions, measures, dimensions]
- High Level Business Activity Flow [IDEF]
- Conceptual Data Analysis
- Systems Record
- It Infrastructure Review
- Implementation Plan
Business Goals - What The Business Needs
- Clearly define corporate and operational objectives
- Determine the related measures, dimensions, data lists, metrics
and other supporting definitions.
- Analyse business process and activity flow.
- Document a BI Library of the most important business metrics
and operational definitions.
Conceptual Data Model & Systems Record
- Define where source data is and how data will be derived and
- Develop a standards-based conceptual data model to represent
how business measures, dimensions and other information will be
organized at a high level.
- Assess operational systems to define the systems of record for
your most critical information.
- Work together with vendors and IT team to determine how disparate
operational systems will be related to each other.
Implementation - How To Make It Work
- Implementation of your business intelligence system is not just
a technical deployment. In fact, 90% of implemention is non-technical
and focuses on process and people.
- Review and consider process and people concerns.
- Gain understanding of the best information delivery method for
key user groups.
- Review IT infrastructure at a high level to assure such issues
as bandwidth consumption, BI licensing optimization and fault
tolerance are addressed.
- Develop a high level implementation plan with estimated time
and skills required for successful implementation.
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