In this series of posts on Business Intelligence Utopia, I have presented some thoughts around 5 key technology enablers that in my view will take BI to the next level. They are:

1. Proliferation of transactions systems that support the analytical feedback loop Real-time / Right-time

2.Data Integration

3.Data Governance

4.Service Oriented Architecture

5.Extensible Data Models

All of these put together answer the question of “Where do you want to see BI in the future”? I have 5 more to go to complete the discussion on the “Power of Ten” key enablers.

At this point, I felt that the question of “How to make it happen?” is as important as the technology enablers and hence decided to take a bit of digression to focus on some implementation aspects for Business Intelligence Utopia. I call them the “Implementation Enablers”. These enablers focus on process methodologies, specific techniques etc. that helps in managing the evolution of Business Intelligence within your organization.

There are 3 implementation enablers of interest, at this point in time:

  1. Agile Framework for BI
  2. Business Intelligence Calibration
  3. Function Point based Estimation technique for Data Warehousing

You can also visit the following link http://www.hexaware.com/webcastarchive1.html to listen to my recent webinar on “Agile Framework for Calibrating the Enterprise Data Warehouse” to get an idea of the implementation enablers.

To reiterate, my approach for future posts on this blog is to write about Business Intelligence Utopia along 2 dimensions:

Technology enablers – 10 of them have been identified. 5 of them were discussed already and 5 more to go.

Implementation enablers – 3 of them have been identified and will be elaborated in the next few weeks.

Bit of information – I recently took the TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) assessment of BI Maturity done using their online tool and got some very good insights. If you are interested, please use the link-http://tdwi.org/display.aspx?id=8500 to take the assessment for your organization.

Posted by Karthikeyan Sankaran
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November 19th, 2007

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