Before we talk about building the COE, though, let’s talk about what it should encompass. A truly enterprise-wide COE is not one dimensional. In other words, it’s not solely concerned with keeping abreast of the latest tools and technologies. The scope of a comprehensive COE is much broader and spans the core services, functions, tools and metrics that the IT staff will use to select, prioritize, manage, deliver and execute its projects.
Much of the IT literature that you read focuses on tools and technology. That is understandable, since product vendors churn out these materials to sell and market their products. And, of course, many of us are geeks at heart, so we love to read about technology.
To continue on the themes of the last two months, we’ll move forward with the approach to plan a business intelligence collaboration (BI-C) environment by expanding on the methodology to perform a readiness assessment an organization has to accept, plan, build and implement a BI-C.
Through smart planning and a relatively small investment, it is possible to experience the benefits of business intelligence technology within a short time frame. Best of all, you will establish a business intelligence foundation that can keep pace with your company’s growing information needs.
In Figure 3 it is Federated Corporate Data Warehouse, not Coporated
The key to success is enabling operational divisions to make more decisions affecting their function. One of the best ways to slow a business down is to require key decisions to be made high up in the organization.
Now, however, the industry has reached a point where a new means for integrating, animating and publishing corporate information is needed. Fortunately, the solution is emerging via a technology we are all comfortable with for other purposes such as entertainment, e-commerce and “surfing” – the Web browser.
Ad-hoc? Managed? Secured?
Last month we summarized the readiness assessment for the people domain. (See Figure 1 for the four domains of a BI-C program). We’ll proceed with the same example, at the project level: a DW/BI application that addresses a specific, internal business need based on the measuring, monitoring and controlling a process.
Data chaos is a disorganized IT environment characterized by inconsistent, unreliable, redundant, and de-centralized data.
Data integration is a case in point. It’s easy to convince yourself that the reason why data integration is so complicated is because people have never really understood it or had the right tools and techniques. It seems that every four years someone introduces a “new approach” to data integration. But the approaches aren’t new.
The readiness assessment for a BI-C is much like other IT projects, but the key differences reside in the gauging of the wants, needs and capabilities of a user group the spans all roles and levels within an organization. It is important to remember the guiding principles and characteristics of a successful BI-C when performing the assessment: