7 Steps to Get Your Business Intelligence System Rolling

Meredith Brocklebank - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Don't know where to start with your BI system?

These 7 steps will help you out:

1. Make sure your data is clean.

2. Train users effectively. 

3. Deploy quickly, then adjust as you go. 

Don't spend a huge amount of time up front developing the "perfect" reports because needs will evolve as the business evolves. Deliver reports that provide the most value quickly, and then tweak them.

4. Take an integrated approach to building your data warehouse from the beginning. 

Make sure you're not locking yourself into an unworkable data strategy further down the road.

5.  Define ROI clearly before you start. 

Outline the specific benefits you expect to achieve, then do a reality check every quarter or six months.

6. Focus on business objectives.

7. Don't buy business intelligence software because you think you need it.

Deploy BI with the idea that there are numbers out there that you need to find, and know roughly where they might be. 

Compiled by Ryan Mulcahy, CIO

10 Tips for Choosing the Best Business intelligence Tool

Meredith Brocklebank - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

These pointers will direct you to the best business intelligence tool 

  • 1. Dynamic interface.

The user interface should be visually pleasing and intuitive.

  1. 2. Integrated capabilities.

To simplify adoption and training choose a BI tool that has a single, integrated environment.

Make sure it supports dashboards, analytics, reports, and multidimensional OLAP.

3. Seamless drill.

Most important, the tool should let users drill through the layers of the framework. Users should be able to drill from a top-level layer down to an analysis layer. Users should also be able to drill through the analysis layer to detailed data in the data warehouse.

  1. 4. Surf and save.

When casual users navigate to a place they find relevant and useful for future purposes, they should be able to save the view.

  • 5. Role- and group-based views.

The tool should enable permissions to be set by role and group. This prevents users from accessing data they are not authorised to see and customises data views to relevant interests.

  • 6. Personalised views.

The BI tool should enable users to tailor the display with reports and metrics that interest them.

  • 7. Prompted reports.

Administrators should be able to create prompts that make it easy to select the desired filters. Multilevel prompts should expose filters and delete options based on previous choices.

  • 8. Fast performance.

The BI tools should be able to query large volumes of data and provide short response times.

  • 9. WYSIWYG design.
Users should be able to customise the look and feel of the view or report. They should be able to change fonts/colors and manipulate contents with point-and-click actions.

  • 10. Alerts.
Users should be able to set custom alerts on metrics so they receive notifications when key thresholds are meet.

From Wayne Eckerson, director of TDWI Research

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