BI Program IT Mistake 3 - One Time BI Project Thinking
Business intelligence capability is an ongoing program
of incrementally adding functionality to meet developing user BI
demands and changing business environments.
In the past, BI has been successfully deployed to provide a specific
capability at the departmental level. Such deployments were built
in isolated environments to provide a fast ROI. However, many of
the older applications supporting BI solutions are incapable of
meeting the growing number of users and the complexity of IT infrastructures
to support collaboration across business functions.
Maintaining isolated BI applications built on older architectures
are costly in terms of meeting future integration requirements.
As business needs evolve, demanding more complex IT environments,
the short term cost savings of isolated BI deployments and applications
are rapidly erased by long term costs of maintenance and the cost
of integrating a collection of BI applications from multiple vendors.
Fragmented information from disparate BI applications leads to
duplicate efforts and poor decisions.
- Don't start anything to do with BI until a BI Competency Center
has been established. A BICC develops and enforces a consistent
set of BI strategies, tools, standards, and approaches across
an entire organization. This is a business lead group, not an
IT lead competency.
- Map out a long-term BI strategy aligned with and supporting
- Register all current BI implementations and projects with the
- Work with IT to identify and decommission redundant BI tools
and stop the implementation of new tools before BICC policies
are agreed and deployed
- Define a review/feedback process for ensuring that the BI strategy,
investments and skills stay aligned with the overall vision and
architecture, as well as business needs.
- Identify key IT staff that are strategically savvy to assist
with the development of the BI Competency Center, or BICC.
- Identify all current BI technologies, data states that support
- Identify the current state of data quality, as required for
- Identify the impact on the infrastructure performance that integrating
BI applications will have
- Develop an IT BI strategy that aligns with the BI Capability
Roadmap to ensure that the performance capability of the corporate
IT infrastructure is strong enough to support BI project deployments
Plan a BI rollout path for the entire organization to meet both
current and long-term needs. Align the BI deployment with the increasing
needs of BI users as more adopt BI principles and get more efficient
in the use of BI tools, demanding more sophisticated requirements.
- Managers may start with reports, but tomorrow
need a scorecard.
- Executives may start with a static dashboard,
then require a dynamic dashboard and alerts.
- Power users may start with data from one area
of the business or one location, then need access to data from
other functions and locations for comparative analysis.
BI environments must keep pace with the increasing needs of the
NEXT: BI Program
I T Mistake 4 - A BI Solution Is Better Outsourced
Back To Top