Hi all, Marc Rueter's written a great whitepaper on how IT and business users can work together on Business Intelligence. Download the Whitepaper here. Abstract's below.
Business users and organizations need the ability to quickly analyze their data to identify issues, causes and opportunities for improvement. Once these analyses are identified, they need to be monitored and distributed often to others. With traditional business intelligence (BI), creating and maintaining effective and understandable analyses can take months to define and develop and require expensive resources to maintain.
In response, a new BI term has emerged: Operational Business Intelligence. It promises to empower everyone within an organization to make day-to-day decisions by using better analysis of sales and marketing trends, customer interactions, manufacturing plans, inventories and other areas of the business.
Seven major requirements businesses need to consider when evaluating this generation of BI:
Plug and Play: Leverage existing data stores and infrastructure
Help the business user see the answer faster
Provide the ability to rapidly analyze and problem-solve – not just report
Any Data, Any Time: Access data that IT doesn’t have
Self Service: Enable the business user to create new reports and views without IT
Collaboration: Deliver means for sharing and updating analyses and findings in real time
Require no training to start and only minimal training of sophisticated business users