11 Best Practices for Business Intelligence

11 Best Practices for Business Intelligence

11 Best Practices for Business Intelligence11 Best Practices for Business Intelligence

Business intelligence best practices are a must, and these 11 tips are sure to put your organization on the right path to using data strategically and smartly.

Bigger Isn't Always BetterBigger Isn’t Always Better

Solutions must do more than gather and process tons of data: trustworthiness and immediacy are key.

Deliverable Value Over TCODeliverable Value Over TCO

If your BI implementation strategy will deliver on specific ROI objectives, you’ll gain greater buy-in regardless of the initial TCO (total cost of ownership).

Take Stock of Current ResourcesTake Stock of Current Resources

Look within the organization to leverage the IT you already own to support BI—your CFO and other purchase decision-makers are more likely to support additional investments.

File-Formatting ResourcesFile-Formatting Resources

BI draws from more than 300 file formats, such as HTML, Word, Excel, PDF, images and multimedia, to make use of unstructured data. Be sure you’re ready for these various sources.

Create BI Policies for DeploymentCreate BI Policies for Deployment

Policies should cover how data is best captured, stored and processed to maintain a high level of integrity, relevance and accessibility.

Go Team: Involve Business Leaders From the OutsetGo Team: Involve Business Leaders From the Outset

BI is all about supporting business needs, so you’ll need constant input from these leaders to keep IT on the right track.

The Only Constant? ChangeThe Only Constant? Change

Disruptive market changes and evolving business requirements will test the agility of your BI deployment.

Limit Initial User ParticipationLimit Initial User Participation

If BI is unleashed upon the masses all at once, confusion, effort duplication, errors and user abandonment are likely to tarnish BI’s effectiveness.

Define the Project’s ScopeDefine the Project’s Scope

Implementing a BI undertaking in stages is essential, but you should understand ultimately how many users and functions will need to be supported over time.

Training DayTraining Day

To give the BI project the greatest chance of success, appoint IT members as your BI gurus and proactively enlist them to train employees.

Support Self ServiceSupport Self Service

The ultimate goal of BI is to hand off the project to the appropriate business unit. To accomplish this, proceed with solution acquisitions and training plans with this objective in the forefront of all decisions.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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