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An Animated Look at Collaborative Business Intelligence by Brendan Farnand
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  brendan collaboration bi farnand lotus 10 cognos connections business intelligence
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What do you think of when someone says “collaborative business intelligence?”
I’ve been talking to IBM customers and clients about collaborative BI and I’ve learned that people have very different ideas about what collaborative BI could be. Some think of using social networks to share information. Others think of discussion forums on their company’s intranet. Then there are those who think of web-based productivity tools they’ve used in the past or are currently using. And, there are still others who immediately conjure up visions of teleconferences or video conferences.
Every one of these ideas is correct. Collaborative BI is all of these things and more. However, if you then ask people if they’re doing collaborative BI, many are likely to say no, because they have a picture in their heads of complicated productivity tools or checking documents in and out of an intranet website that requires logins and passwords.
The fact is that collaborative BI can be as simple or as comprehensive as you or your company needs. I’ve put together this video to show you.
So, in essence, with collaborative BI, you can together the data, documents, messages and other information you and your colleagues need to discuss issues, share insights and align to decisions.
You can initiate activities, engage others with expertise, post messages, files, links, and discuss or review others' opinions so everyone can work together towards a common goal. You can even kick-off or contribute to a more structured workflow with your BI information. And everything you do is recorded so no information is lost.
With collaborative BI, you have a number of options for choosing how you want to collaborate—from simple comments to a wiki that gathers together the brain trust of your company and assembles it in one place.
Do you want to know more? Follow me on Twitter (B_Farnand_IBM) and check out Techtalk for upcoming sessions about collaborative BI.