Managing Technology Aspects Of A BI Implementation
When an organization has defined the business objectives of its BI implementation, a variety of technical questions need to be addressed. An organization will have to evaluate their existing technology, assess the scope of their evolving needs, decide how best to improve or extend the life of an existing solution, and decide whether or not to retire and replace existing solutions in whole or part.
The requirements-gathering stage is critical to determining the needs of the business, and poor decision making can be costly. If the business is not confident in its own ability to perform requirements gathering, utilizing an external consultant is preferable to leaving this to internal resources alone.
The requirements gathering process may suggest that an organization invest in new technology. If a BI solution must be implemented from the ground up, an organization must first establish high-level requirements, taking care to review and evaluate possible future needs.
Many organizations already possess some level of BI technology. If the current technology is determined to be sufficient, then an evaluation of its lack of progress or success is important. But keep in mind that planning for the future is imperative. A recent Gartner study forecast that by 2014, 85 percent of currently deployed BI solutions will not scale to future volume and complexity demands.