Last week ASR presented with Howard Community College to an audience of IT professionals and end-user/decision-makers at the Southeast Datatel User Group. We shared best practices and lessons learned for implementing business intelligence using the Business Objects platform and Datatel’s DataOrchestrator ODS. The presentation included a demonstration of several focused areas of analysis, including Course Success, Grade Distribution, and Student Retention. This invited questions from several in the audience who were under the impression that the Business Objects platform was intended solely for operational reporting. This could not be further from the truth. While I will go into more detail about how to make the operational data store from Datatel into a strategic data warehouse in a subsequent post, suffice to say, that it can be done. In fact, it may be necessary to obtain buy-in from end-users and give them a leg up on their reporting and analytic journey. More on this in the future. For now, please feel free to download the presentation and contact us if you have questions.