Four Key Steps to an Effective Business Intelligence Strategy
An important strategy to ensure that BI is appropriately utilized is to involve key stakeholders throughout the design and implementation phases. From data-entry specialists to executives, consider forming a committee of team members who will most often be using the BI tools. You will quickly learn how invaluable their institutional knowledge is, establishing the right perspective for BI developers. During initial implementation and training, consider this committee your team of ambassadors, championing the product and lessening intimidation; you will see the utilization of the intended application greatly increase.
Create a Plan to Educate
To ensure users are employing the tools as intended, organizations must provide adequate initial and ongoing training. Many are naturally averse to change, and the best way to combat resistance is to provide as many opportunities as necessary for users to become comfortable with the BI tool. Let BI drive conversation. Encourage users to involve BI in presentations and meetings, in addition to normal day-to-day activities.
Deploying a BI solution can seem daunting. It is easy to lose sight of what is truly important: getting the right insights to the right people at the right time. Keeping this in mind helps with narrowing the scope and accomplishing what is most impactful first. For many organizations, up and running with BI does not entail terabytes of data flowing through an enterprise data warehouse with hundreds of views within the BI tool. It can simply mean one data source that contains the right information to produce actionable insights, populating only a few key dashboards. Successful BI is not more information; it’s the right information.