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Transform your midsize business with BI: Four keys to success
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  smbs bi
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Today's guest author is Christine O'Connor from the Business Analytics web team, who has some new insights about BI success for small and midsize businesses.
You’ve read the analyst reports, studied the customer stories and read the articles. And you’re finally convinced that business intelligence is the right tool to transform your midsize business. So how do you go about successfully integrating it into your organization?
Industry experts agree that it’s critical to establish a vision for your business intelligence strategy before you bring tools and technology into the conversation. By addressing non-technology factors such as leadership, communication, strategy and goal setting first, you’ll be able to build a strong foundation for a BI program that meets the needs of your entire business.
If you’re serious about BI, Gartner offers some targeted advice on how to achieve a successful implementation in The BI(G) Discrepancy: Theory and Practice of Business Intelligence. This report highlights the discrepancies between the “ideal” approach to BI and many real-world implementations, as revealed in interviews with Gartner’s clients. In addition to guidance in nine critical BI-related areas, Gartner makes four fundamental recommendations to help you lay the groundwork for your program:
When deployed in conjunction with these best practices, the right software can unleash your business’ full BI potential. When you’re ready to take your midsize organization to a new level of performance, explore IBM Cognos Express, the only integrated business intelligence and planning solution built specifically to meet the needs of midsize companies. Cognos Express provides the essential reporting, analysis, dashboard, scorecard, planning, budgeting and forecasting capabilities your business needs. It’s easy to install and use, and will deliver immediate value to every area of your business.
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