Pervasive Business Intelligence Report

Pervasive Business Intelligence could be translated as Omnipresent Business Intelligence, at least at the enterprise level. This is to make the BI system to reach all levels of the organization, at the right time, and the information needed for each. You can even include integration with other systems operating normally, and also provide interaction capabilities, not just access to information.

TDWI have done a study on the extent of introduction of the BI tools in business. Used as a basis a survey of over 700 people involved in BI projects and in-depth interviews with over 20 vendors and professional world of BI.

The results of this study is the report Pervasive Business Intelligence, Techniques and Technologies to Deploy BI on an Enterprise Scale, which way to summarize what I find most relevant:

Poll Results  

Adoption of BI tools and level of use

  • Adoption based on roles

Others who lead the adoption of both ratios (allocation of licenses) and use of BI tools are the business analysts, followed by managers and executives.

Often the requirements are aligned with those of key users, who tend to be analysts, but if the system is to be used at other levels must be borne in mind that the profiles will have different needs and may not have much expertise in management tool, so the interface can not be so complex.

  • Barriers to adoption

The greatest obstacles to adoption of BI tools are the time and complexity to deploy, followed by the high cost of licenses.

In this sense, the BI software vendors are making an effort to reduce complexity and lower the cost of licenses.

  • Impediments to use

The major impediments to the use of these tools by users who have been licensed are that users may prefer other tools or methods, and the existence or appearance of data errors

The first is very delicate, and sometimes the only solution is to disable the other tools, and the second is to follow a strict policy on data quality, and above all maintain a consistency between the data the user was driving and showing the BI system.

The factor that accelerated the use of BI tools is the integration with Excel and Office, followed by the visualization of data using panels.

If the user works with Excel and Powerpoint, and the BI will continue to use them, but with consolidated data and data updates automatic assurance that he will be delighted with the new tool. The dashboards are intuitive, easy to use, well made and can replace many conventional reports, few BI tools are sold without a box to teach leadership.

Theory of Systems and Business Intelligence

The second part of the report is about systems theory and its application to the Business Intelligence projects with the aim of breaking down the barriers that prevent us from reaching the Pervasive Business Intelligence.

According to this theory, when a project Business Intelligence and running normally in a loop that can be of two types, positive or negative feedback. The negative feedback is when despite the efforts of the computer, users do not just evaluate the system, not using the tool, and you begin to stop investing in it. The positive is the opposite, everyone is excited about the system, increasing investment and the team collapsed just seeing the requests from users.

System Dynamics BI

It is not easy to break the negative cycle, or controlling the growth of positive, but analyzing and understanding the cycles and dynamics of the BI system can locate the points where there is more to accomplish to achieve the goal of extending the system to all levels of the organization.

  • The first key is usability, with its components of Design, Support, Architecture and Change Management. All are critical, but the design is the most important of the four, the design has to adapt the solution to the requirements of each user type. This framework recommends the use of MAD (Monitor, Analyze and drill to detail), which associates each of these functions at different levels of information and KPIs.

  • The other key point is to control the Project Management, which is divided into components Scope, Team, Goals and Standards

The report concludes with several recommendations for increasing both the adoption and use of BI tools in the enterprise.

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