Four Worst and Four Best Practices in Business Intelligence - Slide 9

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Include business users on the selection committee to ensure that you implement a solution that will be embraced by all users. For most users, this means an easy-to-use BI application that doesn’t require too much of their time. But don’t neglect the preferences of your technical users either. BI tools, although complex, are a great way to provide technical business analysts with a way to contribute new insight to an evolving BI application. Evaluate how many technically savvy analysts you really have and build these tools into the final solution. Be sure that their work can easily be shared with other less technical business users so everyone can benefit.

BI software – tools, platforms, and applications alike – holds great potential for helping organizations readily access the enterprise information needed to make informed business decisions and, ultimately, achieve their business objectives. But, as with any technology, the implementation, roll out, and usage practices play a critical role in the success of BI.

In tracking mediocre results, and even failure, in the implementation of BI software over the years, many common threads, or “worst practices,” can be found. These worst practices set companies on the inauspicious path of BI failure. They have been repeated by some of the best run and smartest companies in the world. Typically, these worst practices are the result of wanting to ride the latest technology wave without balancing the hype with practical knowledge and experience.

In order to help organizations learn from the mistakes of others, Information Builders provides the following insight into the worst and best practices for BI, so that you will have a solid understanding of how to avoid BI failure and achieve success with your BI initiatives.

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