Business intelligence has been an important initiative for C-level executives, with many CIOs placing BI as a number one priority. This means many organizations have broad BI infrastructures with disparate reporting, dashboarding and analytics solutions across multiple departments. How these solutions are used and their level of interactivity is constantly an area of concern for organizations trying to get the most out of their technology investments. As BI continues to evolve based on technology enhancements and new feature sets that were previously unavailable, organizations can take advantage of technology to enhance business visibility throughout the organization.
The two key ways this can be achieved are through the development of self-service BI models and the adoption of social networking principles. Developing a BI framework including both of these enables organizations to take information discovery to the next level by focusing on expanding overall BI use across the organization, enabling collaboration and empowering employees by increasing autonomy. This article looks at the importance of social networking and collaboration and how it affects overall BI use. This article also identifies how integrating self-service BI models within a social networking framework creates the most effective type of business intelligence for business users.
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