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Will IT Set BI Free?


One of the people I will introduce you to next week in our new 2012 25 Top Information Manager list, a senior IT director at an large investment/retirement firm, was talking to me about the risks that come along with technology change.

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Comments (3)
Jim, Yesss--I love your column's last line! The writing is indeed on the wall but there's hope for symbiosis between analysts & IT; if the dark side can stop thinking of the "reports" as "data". IT should stick to making the data available & safe (maybe clean too) and let us slice, dice & report in Tableau, etc. I don't know about QlikView or PowerPivot, but some viz apps have native web servers, so what's not to like--even for billions of rows? Nobody emails giant speadsheet charts to hundreds of colleagues, do they? And Boris' shipper doesn't have a data vs reporting problem, that's an infrastructure problem that outfits like FedEx solved long ago. Sounds like a possible joint venture...
Posted by Alex H | Wednesday, June 20 2012 at 11:12AM ET
Should IT set BI free? Very good points here - especially the idea of prototyping analysis in Qlikview, Tableau, Pentaho - ( non platform bound tools - and a number of others that are more forgiving on data structure)and operationalizing proven or qualified analytic formulas/processes/reports on the company's anlaytic platform of choice. The comment about iterative development is crucial to analytic information architecture design and most often overlooked by IT and management. The challenge companies face is that each user will discover and learn as they ask questions - so designing a single system that suits all user types has never been a reality. It is time to manage companies analytics as content and business users as audiences. Analytics as content exposes the real cost and real benefits/usefulness of analytics which cost a great deal to maintain and should be periodically evaluated for value, popularity and obsolescence.

I am writing two papers for Paragon Solutions NJ, "Big Data Jujitsu" and Outcome + Audience Centric Analytics Design which address these issues. contact me if you want early copies: mhoffman@consultparagon.com

Posted by Michael H | Wednesday, June 20 2012 at 4:01PM ET
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