The daunting job of conducting a BI program
In my previous post, BI Technology Selection: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?, I talked about those who are in front of the decision-making when it comes to selecting BI technology that performs well in the enterprise — for instance, the line of business manager, IT, and/or the BI program leader. Sometimes, even users direct the selection process in a way, by downloading BI tools directly onto their desktop. One issue that can easily arise is the abundance of BI tools within a given BI program.
In this post, let’s look at the notion of a BI maestro who successfully handles the challenges of orchestrating a winning BI program— one that is operated strategically and holistically, with governance and agility as part of that strategy.
One of the many challenges BI initiative owners face is preventing and dealing with the motley assortment of desktop tools that sprawl under the BI program’s radar. These tools might often be viewed as the “latest and greatest” for users, since they allow for personal productivity. Without a unified framework, however, these marketing-hyped tools result in data silos and general mayhem. They often impose proprietary methods and lack the necessary enterprise features for governance, administration, security, and scalability. Users are very limited in their ability to conduct and share sophisticated analysis with such tools, and to collaborate effectively.
As BI directors carry out their agenda for holistic and collaborative BI, they often strive to consolidate tools into a standard platform, so that they can combat data silos. (The 2015 Wisdom of Crowds® study from Dresner Advisory Services, indicates a strong correlation between collaborative BI and analytics success.)
Consolidating into a standard platform is undoubtedly a huge challenge in itself. To really succeed, however, the head of BI has to tackle many other challenges, too, such as:
- Pressure for adoption and results
- Organizational and process considerations
- Finding a practical use for the latest technologies
The skillful BI maestro
Here is where the BI maestro comes in with finesse, and transforms these complex challenges into opportunities for successful BI. How does the BI maestro conduct a truly effective BI program? Becoming a Maestro in BI | Infographic suggests that such leaders do the following:
- They cut through the noise of market-hyped tools, by harmonizing governance and security, on the one hand, with agility and simplicity on the other.
- They are instrumental in implementing technology that will serve current and future needs.
- They orchestrate processes and organizational models to manage change and results.
- They set the enterprise stage to combat silos and increase collaboration.
- They choose front-end technology that spotlights investments in sophisticated back-end models.
- They compose long-term plans, while hitting on high notes in the form of early wins.
- They pik up the tempo to produce fast and tangible results to the business.
- They re-establish harmony and align priorities between IT and business units.
- They win user applause for equipping users to make sound decisions.
Here’s to the rise of the skillful, BI maestro extraordinaire! Bravo!