Business Intelligence Strategy
A BI solution strategy
outlines the best combination of techniques and technologies to
meet the business intelligence [BI] of any
The ability to deliver consistent, timely information in a format
the supports corporate
performance management requires a conscious blending of traditional
and non-traditional methodologies and technology.
- BI is NOT just a data warehouse
- BI is NOT just about OLAP
- BI is NOT just a dashboard
- BI is NOT just about technology
- BI is NOT just for executives
- BI is NOT just for large corporates
BI is a combination of People-Process-Technology
that can add value to over 90% of the enterprise.
BI is an enterprise wide ‘system’ that makes use of
data to support performance management and decision making.
This has a 90% people and process component.
It is important that the technology does not overshadow the rationale
behind the business desire for business intelligence capability.
Also see BI Evolution
The BI Vision
The BI vision is documented in a BI
Strategy document to ensure that implementation of specific
technology or a data structure remains focused on the BI
objectives for a particular organisation.
A good starting point to help define your BI Vision and objectives
is to understand:
- BI Drivers -
what is propelling you to adopt a BI Culture
- BI Constraints
- where are the tough spots, or barriers, that need to be overcome
for the strategy to be achieved in full.
The implementation of that vision must ensure that any technology
or techniques employed fit the overall BI environment. The BI Strategy
acts as a guiding roadmap for BI rollouts. See - Identifying
By addressing business
requirements one at a time, BI
iterations can tightly focus on specific business requirements
of each functional area. However, each iteration must fit into the
long-term vision of the BI organization. Working with a broad, enterprise-wide
BI Road Map is the only way this can be assured. Also
See Long Term BI Strategy
BI Roadmaps are best developed firstly from a business perspective,
to ensure that the most important business needs are addressed first.
This is then overlaid onto a BI technology roadmap, which will add
an implementation difficulty element to help define the final BI
implementation path. A conceptual BI Technical diagram is useful
for illustrating how all the BI technology fits together, and assists
with both the strategy definition and subsequent implementation
planning. See - Identifying
BI Opportunities section.
Executing the BI Vision
The BI Strategy Plan starts with high-level diagrams, broad policy
statements and general definitions. As the BI environment grows,
details are added to the strategy
- The BI organization is a future architectural vision for the
- The BI strategy document is the road map to follow as you begin
implementing this environment, iteratively.
Without a broad architectural vision, BI iterations are at risk
of resulting in discrete warehouse-centric implementations rather
than an enterprise-wide, informational asset.
The strategy document offers insight into the BI environment,
with the focus on communicating:
- What is to be built
- How it will be built
- When it will be ready to meet user requirements.
The BI strategy also directs BI
best practices that must be adopted.
BI Strategy Document
BI strategy documents at a minimum include four core components:
- Conceptual view
- Data architecture
- Technical architecture
- Implementation view.
Each of these components provides readers with a unique perspective
of the BI environment being planned. Each section contains alternative
approaches and technology solutions.
Some aspects of the overall strategy are provided in detail, whilst
other elements are at a very high level or conceptual perspective.
See BI Strategy Document
The BI Strategy document is used in conjunction with other BI tools:
It is important to recognise that BI capability itself does not
drive value in an organisation. It is the use of BI that turns market
players into market leaders - See BI
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BI Strategy Index | BI
Vision | PM Objectives
| Drivers Of BI | Barriers
To BI | BI Lifecycle | BI
Strategy Document | BI Long Term
| BI Evolution | BI
Best Practices | BI Excellence Survey
| BI Scorecard | BI
& ERP | BI & SMBs | BI
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