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Aagile business analytics - how a new generation bi is reducing risk and increasing adoption


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Aagile 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. TODAY’S AGILE BUSINESSENVIRONMENT“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptiveor else a strategy is useless.”– Charles de Gaulle
  4. 4. Business Agility• “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning intoaction rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” - Jack Welch• “Today, business is more like chess. Customer priorities changecontinually, and the signals given by these changes are vital clues tothe next cycle of growth... “ – Adrian Slywotzky, author of The ProfitZone
  5. 5. Business Agility & Agile BI• Agile businesses need the right data at the right time to makebusiness 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 areimportant, as are interactions• Working software – working software will be more useful andwelcome than just presenting documents in meetings.• Customer collaboration – Continuous customer or stakeholderinvolvement is very important.• Responding to change – agile development is focused on quickresponses to change and continuous development
  7. 7. Agility & Technology• A single toolset for delivery reducing the need for productexperts in specific disciplines• A framework to handle the inevitable changes that accompanyan ever changing business landscape• Enablement of an iterative and adaptable deploymentapproach
  8. 8. GETTING THE RIGHT START WITHYOUR BI SOLUTION“Efficiency is doing things right; effectivenessis doing the right things.”– Peter Drucker
  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. THE AGILE & FLEXIBLE DEPLOYMENT“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,the first of which is to be flexible at all times.”– Everett Dirksen
  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 dataquestions as the project progresses• This is a core concept of the Agile method
  14. 14. Organize Based on Priorities• Perform work based on priorities• Every iteration should focus on fulfilling the highest prioritystakeholder requirements• Each iteration increases the amount of data you extract and extendsyour data model• Delivering measurable and demonstrable value to your stakeholderson a regular basisQuick Wins SignificantFill In’sReally?Seriously?Are you sure?PriorityMatrixEffortValueLowLowHighHigh
  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 projectprogresses• 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 andpriorities are attuned
  17. 17. DEMONSTRATING PROGRESSREGULARLY“Make measurable progress in reasonable time.”- Jim Rohn
  18. 18. Prove and Demonstrate your ApproachEarly• Everything looks good, sounds great and works flawlessly onwhiteboard & 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 thedeployment• Being Agile is all about collaborating• Encourages rapid and flexible response to change and delivery
  20. 20. OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER“Things should be made as simple as possible,but not any simpler.”- Albert Einstein
  21. 21. Don’t Overlook Usage• Understand how the stakeholders will use the system to supportbusiness objectives• Leverage use cases or usage scenarios• Solution needs to not only deliver the information but be availableto 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 BIsolution
  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 theend-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 Takeaways• Be Agile: Today’s rapidly changing business environment mandatesagility, 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 involveyour stakeholders throughout and demonstrate progress• Integrate: Information from many different source systems into aholistic view and make sure to validate• End User Experience: Be open to adjust based on greater awarenessand changing business needs• Educate & Train: Enable your end-users to drive adoption and mitigateriskThe AgileManifesto
  26. 26. The Birst Agile BI Platform
  27. 27. Questions?