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  • 8 Nov

6 Top Tips for getting the best out of a BI system

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NigelMost Business Intelligence platforms are difficult to use, technical and inflexible. As a result, they are often kept in the hands of a small number of power users and technicians rather than the wider business community. It doesn’t have to be this way though – my cardinal rules when looking for a new BI system are:

  1. Invest in a ‘retail-ready’ product which will get you up and running straightway
  2. Make sure that business users are involved in the tool selection as well as in defining requirements, and have continual input
  3. Look for flexibility. Your chosen system should be able to rapidly support changing business requirements
  4. Home in on tools that are fast and easy to use
  5. Select an integrated tool, not a mixture of modules from the same vendor which may cause integration issues down the line when the initial scope needs to be extended
  6. Make sure the system can support budgeting/planning/forecasting as well as performing historical analysis

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