During my long stint as business intelligence professional, I have seen many projects fail and of course, smelled some success. Let’s see what is common among successful projects and the unsuccessful ones.
Organisation Structure: Unlike other IT engineering projects, Business Intelligence projects need strong business interface – a make or break for BI project. Business is divided into groups or sliced by business functions (BU) – but data is not. A typical BI project will run into multiple Business Functions – which means working with two or more VPs and their organisations. If BI project is sponsored by IT it will hit bottleneck with Business. A typical reply will be – a.) we already have this information in XLS b.) Our processes are different , c.) we can not wait so long for data d.) this is done at vendor site
And business is right. Every business functions or unit is different…
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