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Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App

 
 
 
 
Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App
Author: Cindi Howson
ISBN 13: 9780071498517
ISBN 10: 71498516
Edition: 1
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Publication Date: 2007-11-26
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 244
List Price: $39.95
 
 

In today's highly competitive global economy, actionable business intelligence (BI) is crucial to success. Yet while many companies have made substantial investments in BI infrastructure, few employees are taking advantage of the powerful BI tools they have at their fingertips. This is because technology is only part of a truly successful, company-wide BI strategy. Executive support, an analytic culture, and strong business-IT partnerships and collaboration are among the many other facets that make up a winning end-to-end BI initiative.

Written by industry analyst and BI consultant Cindi Howson, Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App reveals how to get the most value out of your BI investments. The book draws on exclusive survey data and real-world case studies of BI success stories at Continental Airlines, The Dow Chemical Company, Corporate Express, 1-800 CONTACTS, and other companies to identify proven BI best practices you can put to use in your organization, including:

  • Gaining executive support and aligning your BI strategy with business goals

  • Organizing BI teams and experts for success

  • Choosing the best BI tools to meet user and business needs

  • Improving data quality so decision-makers trust the BI solution

  • Finding the relevance of BI to all employees, including front-line workers

  • Using agile development processes to deliver BI capabilities and improvements at the speed of business

  • Measuring success in multiple ways

Business intelligence has the power to change people's way of working, to enable businesses to compete more effectively and efficiently, and to help non-profits stretch their dollars further. Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App holds the key to bringing technological innovations together with the people, processes, and culture of any organization in order to achieve a competitive and profitable BI strategy.

Cindi Howson is the founder of BIScorecard, a website for in-depth BI product reviews, and has 15 years of BI and management reporting experience. She writes and blogs for Intelligent Enterprise, and is an instructor for The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). Prior to founding BIScorecard, Cindi was a manager at Deloitte & Touche and a BI standards leader for a Fortune 500 company. She has an MBA from Rice University