Keys To Successful Business Intelligence Strategy
Business Intelligence (BI) is essential to fully understand the available data within your organisation. The ability to analyse business information gives you the ability to understand your business strengths and weaknesses fully. You will be able to dive into the historical information to churn out predictive insights to improve your bottom line.
Deploying the right technology is the first step towards the business intelligence initiative; however, the more significant challenge is actually in getting the right resource and process to execute the strategy.
Below are the key strategies towards a successful business intelligence strategy:
Business Ownership Over BI
Today’s business intelligence tools such as Solver CPM is highly intuitive, allowing business users to immediately run queries and perform analysis straight from the software without the IT team’s intervention. The speed to obtain data and insights will enable business users to get actionable information in real-time.
Gather Right Personnel
Your BI team will be responsible for implementing your strategy. You can hire new people or have people fulfill multiple functions if your organisation is small. BI platforms ensure that reports and dashboards are accessible and approachable to non-analysts (known as self-service business intelligence). However, to get the platform up and running correctly, you will need this cross-functional team to implement the BI plan.
Identifying KPIs and Implementing BI Strategy
All KPIs should be inclusive and include all key business areas. Business users often need actionable information and reports in real-time and thus cannot wait for IT to generate reports. IT should be involved in the actual implementation, but every business operation should be involved throughout the process.
Monitoring & Capability Improvement
Monitoring plays a crucial role in revising, upgrading and strategising areas that require improvements. Constant improvement is vital to understand which channel should be re-developed. Accessing the situation and key indicators are to be done regularly to ensure that all goals set are current and in line with overall business objectives.
Never underestimate the importance of data warehousing as a large amount of data can lead to the inability to use the data effectively. Regular maintenance on the data warehouse technology can help to determine the data burden and ensure a smooth process of analysing information.
In short, a successful business intelligence strategy is essential to make full use of any software. Inability to understand the potential of the software will not enable you to reap the full benefits. If you would like to know how business intelligence tools can help you understand your business’s data better, contact us. You can also read our case study with Kepak, who adopted Solver CPM.