The Benefits of BI Governance and Standardization for All

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The Benefits of BI Governance and Standardization for All

I recently chatted with Linda Briggs from TDWI. I shared my thoughts on what makes up BI today, as well as the crucial need for standardization, consolidation, governance, and collaboration.

You can find the full interview at Q&A: Centralized Governed Architecture Needed for Today's BI, but here are some key points I made.

BI today is no longer just a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. A big challenge that organizations face today is how to consolidate the data silos or departmental solutions into one standardized offering.

There are different types of users with their own needs and demands—data analysts, data consumers, BI developer, IT department. Everyone talks about self-service, one version of the truth, data consumption, and ease of use. For different users, however, these phrases mean different things.

There’s clearly a need for a BI platform that meets users’ demands and gives them innovation. The BI solution, however, must not undermine the IT investment in the data warehouse—the security infrastructure, the way that IT would like users to access data, and the way that data is distributed inside the organizations. Combining these elements, through governed data discovery, is key.

“Governance” seems to be a word that people sometimes avoid—it sounds like policing what users are doing. However, in the context of BI, governance is actually a very positive aspect. If we take the word "governance" and replace it with "BI platform," we can see that we’re actually serving users, making sure that what they need to do is accessible.

Here are a few reasons why it’s so important to have a governed, centralized, data discovery platform:

  • True collaboration and consolidation are only possible in a governed, centralized deployment.
  • It’s easier to manage and administer users, and you can share business logic.
  • It provides the framework for accessing your organization's data from any device.

If you aren’t using your organization's platform, one of the challenges is accessing your organization's data. Essentially, you're bypassing the investment the organization made in building the model and the warehouse, and collecting information. That data is highly valuable. When you’re not using data in a centralized manner, you lose much of your ability to understand what’s going on in your organization.

You need data discovery capabilities for all—whether you’re a data analyst who works with advanced analytics, a BI developer who wants to build models and business logic, or a data consumer who wants an interactive dashboard to see the performance of your department. And the IT department must ensure that everyone has a BI platform that performs well, and that’s stable and secure.

These capabilities need to be wizard-driven, and a click away versus a developer away. The platform should provide a way to publish to a dashboard, website, e-mail, even alerts to a phone.

All of that is BI, and all of that is what we offer with Pyramid Analytics’ BI Office—a robust, governed, data discovery platform that’s compelling for all users.

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