BI Strategy and Roadmap
Starting with a few basic questions…
- How does your BI strategy support your company’s business strategy and goals?
- Are your business information needs and user requirements really covered by the BI strategy on hand?
- What are the stakeholders' actual needs for specific BI tools and services?
- Do you know where the data which the BI solutions have to process come from? Is it really there?
Information is critical business asset today. Managing the variety of data from the myriad of sources and its constantly increasing complexity is not an ad hoc task. It requires effective management based on well-thought strategy and plans.
We can help you ensure that you have the right BI Strategy and Roadmap, by contributing with our long cross-industry experience and "leading edge" know-how.
BI Architecture and Design
The BI architecture design is a straight forward consequence of your specific business needs.
- How do you choose the technology for your BI solutions?
- Is it accepted across the organization?
- Are there any "competing" solutions in the business?
- How useful is the technology to users?
- To what extent are existing hardware, software, expertise, etc. reused?
- How do you manage and continuously develop the BI architecture in practice?
- Is your BI architecture truly agile and future-prone?
The BI architecture and design should be guided by the business users and it's not an isolated IT exercise about deploying the coolest technology there is out there right now.
Building robust BI architecture, that can evolve in pace with the enterprise, requires deep BI skills and broad professional experience.
BI Project QA and Delivery
BI projects are different!
- Do you know where your data lives and who's responsible for it?
- What is the real quality of your data and can you count on delivering your project on time?
- How good are your work estimates, particularly those related to data capture?
- Are you familiar with what users really want and how are you going to test that?
Managing BI projects requires substantial BI skills and experience. BI projects are often very complex, and associated with many dependencies and risks as a result of the extensive integration with many other systems, vague user requirements, and involvement of numerous people from both the IT and the business side.
A well-structured approach with well-planned QA process (incl. external QA) is among the most important success factors. You wouldn't entrust your BI project to a generic Project Manager.