My blog will use content from my published book available on Amazon and others and soon to be an e-book.
‘Building a Business Intelligence Architecture Fit for the 21st Century’ is written in six major sections:
Section One is the scene setting section. We’ll examine the ‘BI’ problem in summary and discuss some of the issues that surround the topic of Decision Support or Business Intelligence. We’ll also discus some of the myths and some of the things w are kidding ourselves about. Section One will also teach us how to use the rest of the book.
Section Two discusses what has happened in the past that makes the future quite challenging in terms of our use of data as an enterprise asset and as the fundamental building block of all information creation and dissemination We will look at some
history in terms of technology deployment and limitations and we will discuss some of the business ramifications of this old way of thinking. A key technology, now termed Data Warehousing will be discussed in detail as a contemporary solution to the information problem as will the role of Data Marts and Data Hubs. We will look into different aspects of data itself and provide several Case Studies where Business Intelligence has been deployed successfully.
Section Three discusses what I mean exactly when I talk about the alignment between business and IT. We’ll examine some tasks that are necessary to align technology with the business so that efforts and budgets are spend in a way that will enable the future rather that support the past and allow a company to adopt the new BI architecture I present in section four. There are two major parts to the section. First, I have provided a fairly detailed introduction to corporate strategy. I’ve included an overview methodology and, as I said, illustrative examples and whilst I recognise that mine is an overview of a complex process it serves its purpose in providing a framework to dive into the setting of a Business Intelligence Strategy. This is the second part of the section and shows what a BI Strategy might look like and how it is linked, bottom up and top down to the more generally understood Corporate Strategy helping to bridge the gap between ‘business’ and IT.
Section Four proposes a set of principles and ideas that can guide a company in a way to make data available to all who have the penchant to turn it into useful and valuable information. I propose a Collaborative Information Blueprint that can set a framework for an organisation who is really determined to maximise the use of information and thus data, within their enterprise. It builds on what we have learned building Data Warehouses but tries to push on using the tremendous advantages that technology can give us today whilst all the time remaining linked to agreed Corporate Strategy.
Section Five maybe the most important in the book. My belief is that we are vastly underachieving in our quest for Business Intelligence. People give me many excuses and there are whole books devoted in particular to why Data Warehouses fail, but the fact it that the reasons are rarely because data is unavailable or that no one knows what they want, or that technology is not up to the task. No, the major reason is that Business Intelligence is so undervalued that few companies are prepared to build the correct organisational structures to manage the whole process.
Section Six, the shortest section, is a summary of all the major points that I have raised in this book. If you want a quick overview of what the book will cover, you could start here.
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