Strategic Integration: 10 Business-Building Tips - Slide 4

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A TDWI report found that business analysts spend upwards of 50 percent of their time doing things the IT department should be doing, much of it involving reports and data, because of a long-standing culture clash between IT and business analysts. This causes real business problems, affecting the timeliness of models, the model quality and general inefficiency and time waste.

Given the recession, it's a safe bet that the focus will be on cost cutting for some time to come. But the smart money will also be on creating more business value with what remains.

To do that, you're going to need to think strategically, even when you are dealing with integration. That can be a bit tricky, since integration is often treated as a “have to do” on the road to accomplishing something else.

But integration can be very strategic. To prove it, Loraine Lawson has compiled 10 ways that companies can use integration and integration-related strategies to build business, squeeze more business value out of existing systems, and solve pressing business challenges.

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