If you thought the implementation of your institution’s student information system was challenging, try deploying an institution wide business intelligence platform and data warehouse. While it doesn’t have to be hard, most institutions tend to approach business intelligence as a technology and not a strategy. This is a fundamental mistake that almost always ends in failure. Yet, if you are willing to think differently about business intelligence (the strategy) then business intelligence (the project) can go smoothly and most definitely will provide a greater return on investment than most any other enterprise project.
In the February 2009 issue of Campus Technology Magazine, Dr. James Riha from Oklahoma City Community College, and I wrote about the keys to BI Project Succes. The article focuses on the organizational aspects of managing a business intelligence implementation project. In the article we discuss the importance of:
- Developing a clear institutional vision for what business intelligence means to decision makers.
- Fostering the development of self-organizing teams.
- Rapid prototyping.
- End-user involvement, early and often.
- Planning to be ‘nimble.’
So give it a read and let us know what you think in the comments.