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The Performance Perspectives Blog: "Obvious" Truths about Business Intelligence
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  business_intelligence cognos bi_champions_kit performance_management innovation_center
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I've been writing about business intelligence and performance management in one form or another for eight years now, While I think that provides me some degree of expertise in explaining core concepts in an acceptable level of detail, I sometimes run the risk of glossing over them in my writing because they're all so familiar to me.
They're all so obvious.
So I was thankful today to come across a post on B-Eye-Blogs about "Obvious" BI truths. They reminded me that there are always newcomers to the industry and the conversations we're having about it. On the list were items including:
Many of these "obvious" truths touch on two key issues that are common to many clients I speak with: first, securing executive buy-in for your first deployment; and second: expanding your deployment once you're up and running. Luckily, in my eight years I've been able to capture many of our clients' experiences in both of these situations with the goal of helping others start their own BI and performance management journeys. There's never a single answer that works in every case, and that's what makes writing about them such fun.
Most of these findings are captured in proceedings documents published through the IBM Cognos Innovation Center for Performance Management, a community of performance management professionals dedicated to knowledge sharing, networking and best practices. Others find their way into the BI Champion's Kit, a step-by-step online resource that helps you map out a deployment from your earliest days to the furthest point on the maturity curve.
Regardless of where you are in your deployment, I highly recommend a visit to both sites. Their value is obvious to me - I hope that soon it will be so to you as well.