Business Intelligence Slideshow: Business Intelligence for All

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 09-15-2009

Business Intelligence for All

 

Business Intelligence for All

Low Maturity

Define business unit key performance indicators and embed those into company strategy.With the right performance metrics, SMBs can better execute strategy and set themselves up for success.

Low Maturity

Low Maturity

Stop depending on spreadsheets as the primary BI tool.Settling on spreadsheets as the only BI tool impedes productivity and obscures meaningful visibility into intelligence.

Low Maturity

Low Maturity

Begin evaluating metadata management tools.SMBs that do BI right are six times more likely to use metadata management tools to ensure that one set of data definitions is used throughout all BI systems.

Low Maturity

Medium Maturity

Set up cross-functional teams to facilitate BI deployment.A multi-disciplinary team helps a business better understand the needs of the organization in order to deploy targeted BI more quickly and with less fuss.

Medium Maturity

Medium Maturity

Architect usage monitoring into BI systems.Measure functionality usage to get a window into which BI elements offer the most ROI for their organizational needs.

Medium Maturity

Medium Maturity

Invest in formal training.Training cultivates a BI culture and speeds up time-to-information and action by improving employee proficiency in BI systems across the board.

Medium Maturity

High Maturity

Implement customer-facing dashboards.Views into things like customer account history, order history, new product releases or discounted products and services help bolster customer loyalty.

High Maturity

High Maturity

Re-evaluate BI software licensing, deployment and service options.BI is trending toward capabilities that are open and standards-based, offering greater opportunities for better buying scenarios.

High Maturity

High Maturity

Establish a BI "center of excellence."Mature SMBs can improve intelligence performance by establishing an independent BI center of excellence that looks for BI opportunities, communicates best practices and facilitates training across the organization.

High Maturity