Identifying BI Opportunities
When planning a BI program, the change management aspect cannot
be underestimated. For many, BI is seen as a technology deployment,
in reality, technology only forms 10 % of the implementation. The
balance is in integrating BI into operational processes and helping
business users adapt to using BI capability to support their activity
management and decision making.
The key to a successful BI program rollout is to identify a BI
opportunity in a critical part of the business, where the outcome
can be measured and the results link directly to meeting a core
business objective. Once this first 'high profile' small rollout
is successful, it can be used to champion other BI intitiatives
within the organisation.
The following guide will help identify the BI opportunities in
BI Opportunity Assessment
There are three distinct phases of the BI Opportunty Assessment
- Defining Business
Requirements - assess the value of BI in different
in terms of measures, dimensions, and level of detail.
- Developing A
BI Blueprint - gaining input from the business on
potential BI impact and collating all information gathered from
the requirements assessment into a simple blueprint format.
BI Alternatives - based on the findings of the requirements
assessment and outcome of the BI Blueprint, we can assess BI alternatives
in terms of their importance and the potential difficulty of implementation.
BI solutions benefit 90% of business users, across most functional
areas. It is important therefore, to use a formal method to identify,
define and evaluate each BI opportunity.
Business intelligence needs to be used to be understood, making
the selection of the first few implementations critical to the overall
acceptance by the business of the BI capabilty. A good result displaying
impact of empowered employees will boost morale and the desire of
other functional areas to implement BI.
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