Five Questions to Ask for BI Success

Author: | Category: General BI | Tags: BI, scalable BI, SSAS, Microsoft SQL Server Analytics Services, BI compliance, best practices | Published: 12/3/2015

Five Questions to Ask for BI Success

Business Intelligence has reached a state of vastly increased potential for data management and insight across the organization, which can lead to greater success and ROI. With that potential comes increased confusion and difficulty in assessing the options in BI tools.

Here are five questions BI directors should ask when they’re looking to scale BI solutions. When you’re looking for a solution that gives you an answer to all five questions, take a look at Pyramid Analytics. [link?]

  1. Do people across your organization need a way to quickly and easily assemble streamlined reports, analytics, and dashboards?

    BI leaders are looking for solutions that give users a faster, better way to access and organize data and find insights that can be leveraged quickly. Look for streamlined dashboards and a familiar user interface, so users can quickly take advantage of increased access to information and reports. It’s important for users to be able to access the tool from their own devices as well as their work computers. This increases user adoption and collaboration, which is key to improving operational performance.

  2. Do you need to extend your BI solution to more people in your organization to increase collaboration and unlock new insights?

    A BI solution needs to be scalable, both managing more data and allowing for an expanding user base. Business users, IT professionals, and executives are focused on different things, and allowing access to users with differing viewpoints brings to light things that might be missed by those focused on a specific area. A BI solution should bring broader collaboration with wider datasets, which increases the likelihood of success.

    A good BI tool will enable access to data from multiple sources consolidated in one easily managed central location, which allows better access to that data for people across your organization. Better access to new information allows for faster response to emerging trends.

  3. Would you like to consolidate fragmented BI solutions into a single enterprise-wide platform?

    One major problem addressed by a scalable BI solution is the issue of scattered data in places like spreadsheets on file servers or standalone databases. Using a consolidated BI platform means improved data access for users and a decreased burden on IT resources in maintaining systems. BI leaders look for a solution that consolidates data into a single, accessible location, which also improves and standardizes data governance and compliance.

  4. Are you concerned with the potential integrity and security risks faced by your data environment?

    Control of data and who has access is best managed via central administration of roles and content. This allows for greater security and data integrity while also making information more accessible to a wide variety of user groups. To be prepared for possible changes in technology practices or organizational need, look for a solution that can be deployed either on-premises or in the cloud. When a BI platform is centrally managed and the data are consolidated in one system, you get easier compliance and security along with flexibility.

  5. Are you looking for a BI tool that makes the most of analytics services?

    When your solution is integrated with your analytics services, you’ll have built-in functionality like wizards, data slicers, and filters that access the broad range of data from across your organization. Using an integrated BI tool brings greater synergy for your analytics, reports, and dashboards.

    BI leaders are looking for an enterprise platform that centralizes and standardizes multiple data sources into a single, centrally-managed platform. This gives users a high-level overview of your data while also enabling drill-down capabilities. Extending access to more users, from business users to executives to BI professionals, allows for better collaboration across the organization. This gives you a platform that is fast and easy to use while also fostering freedom and flexibility. It’s BI for everyone.

Pyramid Analytics has the functionality and scalability to address these five questions. More information: Insights That Matter flyer

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