Many of the Business Intelligence systems that are being built by an organization are to be used by global users; these systems initially address a subset of the users and then gradually are extended for the global users.

Following are the critical things that are to be considered to ensure a successful global rollout of a BI Application

  1. Metadata Repository
  2. Global Data Structures
  3. Agile Data Integration Process
Component What is it made of? How it benefits a Global Rollout Program
Metadata Repository The collection of the metadata from all the layers in the system like the source data structures, Data Integration process, target data warehouse structures, the information delivery structures all connected through the business definitions, functions and the physical data elements.
  • Quicker system understanding by the country specific implementation teams
  • Effective Gap Analysis before the implementation for a country
  • Eliminate component duplication when rolling out for a country
  • Quicker and accurate Impact Analysis before changes done to the common code across the countries
Global Data Structures Global Data Structures (GDS) define a list of all possible data elements that will be applicable for that Entity like Customer. Each element carries clear business definitions and as well a categorization in terms of mandatory elements and optional elements.Please refer for further details related to GDS herehttp://blogs.hexaware.com/business-intelligence/di-challenge-handling-files-of-different-format-with-same-subject-content
  • Existence of common business definitions across all countries eases communication
  • Ability to build reusable data integration components over the GDS
  • Easy integration of a country’s data to the system, as the effort required is to map the local country data sets to the GDS structures
Agile Data Integration Process Building parameterized data integration processes that are flexible to be configured for new country implementations and as well extendable to accommodate new requirementsPlease refer for further details related to Agile Data Integration here http://blogs.hexaware.com/business-intelligence/data-integration-challenge-%e2%80%93-building-dynamic-di-systems-ii

http://blogs.hexaware.com/business-intelligence/data-integration-challenge-%e2%80%93-building-dynamic-di-systems-i

  • Easier code configuration for new country’s
  • Lesser code development involved if different design patterns and scenarios of data handling are built as templates
  • Standardized development across all country’s
  • Higher code reusability
  • Easier code maintenance
  • Minimal data integration components

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts on what other things are critical for a BI solution that is to be globally rolled out.

Posted by Muneeswara C Pandian
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August 26th, 2010

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