7 Fundamentals for Business Intelligence Success

Written by Garrett Carey

Is your Business Intelligence strategy set up for success? After working extensively on Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, here are 7 strategic fundamentals to keep in mind:

1. Identify problem and business process to be improved – What is BI going to solve?  How is success defined? What are the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?

2. Provide a system designed and capable to support analysis and reporting – Performance, scalability, usability, and data accessibility are key elements to every successful BI project. Deploy a system that is designed for analysis, aggregation, and data consolidation.

3. Establish data definition, data representation, and data integration standards – This includes data definitions, table structures, data model, business rules, and data movement standards.  Consistency reduces users’ confusion and builds trust in results.

4. Establish a plan for ensuring high quality data – Identify areas of concern, collect quality requirements, define quality rules, measure quality, continuously monitor, use tools to improve processes.

5. Provide platform for the delivery and presentation of actionable data – Different audiences have different needs.  Reports and analyses need to be delivered to support all needs.  The BI platform should include reports, dashboards, scorecards, data visualization, ad hoc capabilities and support mobility.

6. Incorporate the right kinds of analytics to address increased appetite for BI – Business and user requirements constantly change as will the desire for more actionable intelligence. Consider advanced analytics and be proactive to find new ways to help the business.

7. Continuously monitor key performance measures – Review KPIs and success measures identified in #1 above to determine whether or not objectives in your Business Intelligence strategy are being achieved.  Focus on areas where improvements are increasing value to the business.

For more information about Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition or eVerge’s other business solutions, contact eVerge Group at our website www.evergegroup.com.

 About the author: Garrett Carey is a Senior BI/EPM Solution Architect who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.

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Considerations before an OBIEE 11g Upgrade

Oracle is one of the leading business intelligence software vendors for medium and large enterprises, serving them with its Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) software. Before reaching a decision on an OBIEE 11g upgrade from 10g as part of your business intelligence strategy, you will want to evaluate the following value points and considerations.

Value points

OBIEE 11g has an integrated analytics foundation with a common infrastructure for developing enterprise reporting, scorecards, dashboards, ad hoc analysis, performance management, mobile BI, and full integration with Oracle’s Fusion Middleware Stack. This integration allows for cost reduction and increased productivity over 10g.

OBIEE 11g also provides improved performance, high availability, superior scalability, and a robust security model through its integrated systems management console. The console also makes upgrades and system management easier. Taken together, it gives 11g best of breed status in the areas of scalability, reliability and performance.

A powerful, task-oriented framework enables organizations to improve user adoption through an enhanced user experience. Providing rich visualization and charting options, interactive dashboards, and unique search and actionable collaboration capabilities delivers an unmatched user experience.

Considerations

With all these value points, you may want to expedite your decision to upgrade. But before making that decision, it is important to have a good understanding of

  • The hardware changes necessary to support the upgrade
  • Common issues associated with upgrading the metadata and web components
  • Resource requirements and milestones
  • How the security model converts and scales versus 10g
  • Impact of the upgrade on customizations in the metadata, XML messages, or skins and styles

Working with a partner that possesses the domain and technical expertise to provide valuable insight and guidance for your business intelligence strategy will ease your OBIEE 11g upgrade experience. eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition implementation experience. Contact us to ensure your upgrade experience is successful.

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