The article “BI Analyst Take: BI for the Masses - Is It Becoming a Reality?,” published two months ago, stated that the mere expansion of business intelligence (BI) tools across the organization does not meet the definition of “BI for the masses.” To achieve true BI for the masses, organizations must provide relevant information to each decision maker across the organization. In many cases, the information is available and data marts have been developed to help answer questions about business problems, but no overlap exists to tie this information together. Therefore, before organizations embark on a full-scale approach to BI for the masses, they should consider their current environment, their IT infrastructure and the information required to tie BI applications across business units. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it offers organizations an overview of initial factors to consider when expanding their BI towards actual BI for the masses.

 

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