Category: Best practice
Spanning the Gulf: Getting Traction for Your BI Solution
Here’s a presentation Wayne Eckerson and I did last week as part of the series on BI maturity, and a link to the recording.
The 5 Ingredients of Good Decision-Making
The results of a survey called “In search of clarity: unraveling the complexities of executive decision-making”, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, were announced today. The report concludes that it is “cause for alarm…that executives themselves perceive the quality of decision-making at their company as mixed at best”, and identifies five ingredients of good decision-making. Obviously, supporting good decisions requires a lot more than technology, but I believe BI can help. (more…)
How’s Your BI Maturity?
Wayne Eckerson and I will be presenting two web seminars this week on the subject of putting TDWI’s BI Maturity Model to Practice. We’re going to try to make it as interactive as possible. Please join us, and ask difficult questions!
Is BI Standardization a Myth?
Despite some people dismissing it as a myth, BI standardization is alive and well in organizations around the world. Here’s a quick primer on what, why, and how. (more…)
BI is Deploying Information as a Factor of Production
Defining business intelligence as “deploying information as a factor of production”. (more…)
Fixing the BI Tragedy of the Commons
The “BI tragedy of the commons” explains why organizations end up with too many disconnected information silos. Luckily, the solutions are well-known, if not easy to implement. (more…)
Who’s in Charge of Information?
According to a recent InformationWeek article, CIOs aren’t very visible in today’s Fortune 100 companies, at least measured by their tendency to appear on the company’s management team web page. Even at companies like Google and eBay, where information is the lifeblood of the organization, the CIOs don’t appear among the other top execs (at Business […]
Two Key Steps From Project to Enterprise BI
A lot has been written about what typically goes wrong in individual BI projects, but even when individual BI projects are successful, many organizations stumble on the journey to true enterprise BI deployments. What goes wrong?
Insight User Conference in Berlin Photos And “Five Fatal Flaws” Presentation File
I’m finally getting around to posting materials from the Business Objects Insight User Conference in Berlin, 21-23 May 2007. You can find my photos from the event here — mainly from the main stage, including the inxight purchase announcement and keynotes by John Schwarz, Bernard Liautaud, and the climber Reinhold Messner. I did a presentation on […]
The Five Fatal Flaws of BI
Over the last eighteen years, I’ve been associated with a large number of BI projects and have been able to see first-hand what behaviors correlate most closely with success and failure. In particular, there are five main erroneous assumptions about implementing BI that can lead to failure. This list is condensed and a little simplistic: every […]