Dancing in the BI landscape

We sometimes might feel dancing around in the BI space when deciding what users to offer what functionality. Dancing around in a sense that our BI users tends to ask as much BI functionality as possible based on the principal of “at least I have it”. The easy answer might be “offer them all we have”, but you and I know this leads to unacceptable TCO numbers, not even talking about the maintenance levels. Prior to start thinking about the BI functionality we want to provide, we need to categorize our types of users. Our beloved Internet has tons of blogs on this topic, but at least we can derive following basic categories of BI users: IT specialists maintaining the BI environment. Specialists

Changing the IT culture for self-service BI successes

The IT culture was largely established around the high demands of enterprise reporting and corporate dashboards. These demands inspired IT to set up strict rules for governance, policies, and security. Enterprise reporting also helped drive the creation of new assets, like semantic descriptions, or universes. From one universe to fifty universes…these new assets proliferated providing a layer of understanding and translation over the cryptic models and field names. Business started to get used to being able to access data…no longer did decision making need to be a shot in the dark. Their appetites for data grew with the result being that business now had many, many requests for new repo

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