Agile Business Analytics: Howa new “Generation BI” isReducing Risk and IncreasingAdoptionAndrew Marks, Vice President Prof...
Agenda• Today’s Agile Business Environment• Getting The Right Start With Your BI Solution• The Agile & Flexible Deployment...
“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptiveor else a strategy is useless.”                              – Charles de Ga...
Business Agility• “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning into  action rapidly, is the ultimate co...
Business Agility & Agile BI• Agile businesses need the right data at the right time to make  business decisions• Ensuring ...
The Agile Manifesto• Individuals and interactions – self-organization and motivation are  important, as are interactions• ...
Agility & Technology• A single toolset for delivery reducing the need for product  experts in specific disciplines• A fram...
‘Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness   is doing the right things.”                               – Peter Druck...
Begin With The End In Mind•   Brainstorming to identify data needs•   Stakeholders “What I need to know” (WINK) business q...
Involve Your Stakeholders Throughout•   Stakeholder involvement is required early and often•   They own and should know th...
Take an Evolutionary Approach•   Requirements, Understanding & Focus Will Change•   Today’s focus may not be tomorrow’s fo...
“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,     the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”                    ...
Model Just In Time (JIT)• Detailed modeling is an iterative process• Requirements will change throughout the project• Disc...
Organize Based on Priorities                Quick Wins                Significant     High                              Pr...
Embrace Change• Adapt a more agile approach to change management  • It’s called “change management” not “change avoidance”...
Limit the Iteration Time•   Limit iterations ideally to 2-4 weeks in length•   Provides more opportunity to govern the pro...
“Make measurable progress in reasonable time.”                                     - Jim RohnDEMONSTRATING PROGRESS      R...
Prove and Demonstrate your ApproachEarly• Everything looks good, sounds great and works flawlessly on  whiteboard & PowerP...
Deliver Working Software Regularly• Stakeholders will be much more interested and engaged• Team members will look forward ...
“Things should be made as simple as possible,     but not any simpler.”                                  - Albert Einstein...
Don’t Overlook Usage• Understand how the stakeholders will use the system to support  business objectives• Leverage use ca...
Validation is Critical (test, test, test)•   Make sure to validate throughout the lifecycle of the project•   Ensure you a...
Training• Delivering the right solution is only half the battle• Adoption is critical• Once the right solution is deployed...
“If you want to succeed you should strike out on newpaths, rather than travel the worn paths of acceptedsuccess.”         ...
Summary / Key TakeawaysThe AgileManifesto  • Be Agile: Today’s rapidly changing business environment mandates    agility, ...
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Andew Marks Agile Business Analytics How A New Generation Bi Is Reducing Risk And Increasing Adoption

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One of the challenges many companies have in delivering an adoptable Business Intelligence solution is ensuring that the solution meets the “current” and “future” information needs of the stakeholders. Traditional waterfall implementation methods don’t work in the world of BI. The speed at which the business climate moves and changes these days warrants a rapid and agile deployment approach towards business intelligence solutions. This presentation discusses some of the key aspects of taking an agile deployment strategy towards your organizations BI solution.

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Andew Marks Agile Business Analytics How A New Generation Bi Is Reducing Risk And Increasing Adoption

  1. 1. Agile Business Analytics: Howa new “Generation BI” isReducing Risk and IncreasingAdoptionAndrew Marks, Vice President Professional Services
  2. 2. Agenda• Today’s Agile Business Environment• Getting The Right Start With Your BI Solution• The Agile & Flexible Deployment• Demonstrating Progress Regularly• Other Things To Remember• Summary• Q&A
  3. 3. “You have to be fast on your feet and adaptiveor else a strategy is useless.” – Charles de GaulleTODAY’S AGILE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
  4. 4. Business Agility• “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” - Jack Welch• “Today, business is more like chess. Customer priorities change continually, and the signals given by these changes are vital clues to the next cycle of growth... “ – Adrian Slywotzky, author of The Profit Zone
  5. 5. Business Agility & Agile BI• Agile businesses need the right data at the right time to make business decisions• Ensuring that the data is actionable is critical• What’s important to know today, may not be tomorrow• Agile BI drives the Agile business
  6. 6. The Agile Manifesto• Individuals and interactions – self-organization and motivation are important, as are interactions• Working software – working software will be more useful and welcome than just presenting documents in meetings.• Customer collaboration – Continuous customer or stakeholder involvement is very important.• Responding to change – agile development is focused on quick responses to change and continuous development
  7. 7. Agility & Technology• A single toolset for delivery reducing the need for product experts in specific disciplines• A framework to handle the inevitable changes that accompany an ever changing business landscape• Enablement of an iterative and adaptable deployment approach
  8. 8. ‘Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter DruckerGETTING THE RIGHT START WITH YOUR BI SOLUTION
  9. 9. Begin With The End In Mind• Brainstorming to identify data needs• Stakeholders “What I need to know” (WINK) business questions• Develop a matrix of Measures & Dimensions• BI Blueprint documents the matrix for answering the WINKs• Focus on initial “WINK Wins”
  10. 10. Involve Your Stakeholders Throughout• Stakeholder involvement is required early and often• They own and should know the data• Active stakeholder participation drives user adoption• As program evolves so does Stakeholder knowledge and buy-in
  11. 11. Take an Evolutionary Approach• Requirements, Understanding & Focus Will Change• Today’s focus may not be tomorrow’s focus• Don’t over analyze early and don’t try to boil the ocean• Development should be incremental and iterative• Envision at a high level to start but model using JIT approach
  12. 12. “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” – Everett DirksenTHE AGILE & FLEXIBLE DEPLOYMENT
  13. 13. Model Just In Time (JIT)• Detailed modeling is an iterative process• Requirements will change throughout the project• Discovery will occur as reports are developed and data is exposed• Engaged Stakeholders will give you better answers to your data questions as the project progresses• This is a core concept of the Agile method
  14. 14. Organize Based on Priorities Quick Wins Significant High Priority Value Matrix Really? Low Fill In’s Seriously? Are you sure? Low High Effort• Perform work based on priorities• Every iteration should focus on fulfilling the highest priority stakeholder requirements• Each iteration increases the amount of data you extract and extends your data model• Delivering measurable and demonstrable value to your stakeholders on a regular basis
  15. 15. Embrace Change• Adapt a more agile approach to change management • It’s called “change management” not “change avoidance”• Stakeholders should be able to change their minds as the project progresses• Drivers of user adoption include ease of use and solution value• Therefore, constantly be validating and adjusting to assure adoption
  16. 16. Limit the Iteration Time• Limit iterations ideally to 2-4 weeks in length• Provides more opportunity to govern the project effectively• Facilitates greater feedback and delivery of working solutions• Maintains focus on high value deliverables• Allows for adjustments in focus more quickly as requirements and priorities are attuned
  17. 17. “Make measurable progress in reasonable time.” - Jim RohnDEMONSTRATING PROGRESS REGULARLY
  18. 18. Prove and Demonstrate your ApproachEarly• Everything looks good, sounds great and works flawlessly on whiteboard & PowerPoint• Develop working prototypes with real data from source systems• Build a couple of sample visualizations to demonstrate system usage
  19. 19. Deliver Working Software Regularly• Stakeholders will be much more interested and engaged• Team members will look forward to the next iteration of the deployment• Being Agile is all about collaborating• Encourages rapid and flexible response to change and delivery
  20. 20. “Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.” - Albert EinsteinOTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER
  21. 21. Don’t Overlook Usage• Understand how the stakeholders will use the system to support business objectives• Leverage use cases or usage scenarios• Solution needs to not only deliver the information but be available to do it when users need it
  22. 22. Validation is Critical (test, test, test)• Make sure to validate throughout the lifecycle of the project• Ensure you are validating the right data in the right way• What’s easy for the team to understand may not be for all users• Validate: • The User Experience – Should be easy to understand & navigate • The Data - Nothing worse than invalid data to tarnish a user’s faith in a BI solution
  23. 23. Training• Delivering the right solution is only half the battle• Adoption is critical• Once the right solution is deployed you need to ensure the end-users are trained• End-User adoption is often overlooked
  24. 24. “If you want to succeed you should strike out on newpaths, rather than travel the worn paths of acceptedsuccess.” - John D. Rockefeller
  25. 25. Summary / Key TakeawaysThe AgileManifesto • Be Agile: Today’s rapidly changing business environment mandates agility, especially with your BI solution • Iterate: Begin with the end in mind, but don’t try and boil the ocean • Collaborate: Take an evolutionary approach and make sure you involve your stakeholders throughout and demonstrate progress • Integrate: Information from many different source systems into a holistic view and make sure to validate • End User Experience: Be open to adjust based on greater awareness and changing business needs • Educate & Train: Enable your end-users to drive adoption and mitigate risk
  26. 26. The Birst Agile BI Platform
  27. 27. Questions?

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