Business Intelligence

Getting Started with Effective Business Intelligence

Your team’s ability to dig into data, derive insight, and take meaningful action is the difference between good and great organizations. Taking advantage of the data behind your organization isn’t just important, it’s everything. Data is the fuel that drives an organization in the modern business landscape and business intelligence tools curate images of data that drive decision making.

Organizations tackle projects that involve various skill sets, technologies, and timelines. Successfully managing these efforts and understanding the nuances of each proves difficult without the right tools. Effective business intelligence practices help leadership to manage projects more effectively and provides insight into the data behind the organization to uncover opportunities for process improvement.

A few things to consider when working on a business intelligence project:

  • Begin with questions: Think about what you want to know and ask open ended questions. If you are managing multiple projects, ask questions with answers that encourage effective management. For example, how many projects do we have? How many projects are on target for completion by the deadline? What sort of information should be collected? The questions you ask will evolve into the data points to be collected.
  • Consider the audience: Thinking about your target audience in advance, including who will need to view the information, gives context to what tools to use, security protocols, and what data points to include. Everyone doesn’t need (or want) to see everything, and they will have preferences on where and how to view this information. Make sure you take the audience and their needs into consideration!
  • Use the right tools: Business Intelligence tools come in many flavors. Choosing the right tool depends heavily on the requirements of the BI project. How many people will need to update the reports? Where should they be made available? The requirements of the project serve as a guide to picking the correct tool for the job–picking the correct tool is essential.
  • Think security first: Data is knowledge, and in business this is a key advantage. If your data ends up in the wrong hands, your organization may be vulnerable—potentially leading to adverse effects on your team. Think security first when designing business intelligence solutions.

To learn more, come to our Emerging Technologies in the Digital Workplace event on Thursday Dec 6. Our Subject Matter Experts will host kiosk demonstrations on topics such as Business Intelligence, Modernization, Power Apps, User Centered Design, and more. Stop by any time between 11:00 and 2:00. More information and RSVP.