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Solution Path for Creating a Business Analytics Strategy

Published: 17 March 2014

ID: G00261788

Analyst(s): Carlie Idoine


The four pillars of data, people, process and technology provide a framework for building a comprehensive business analytics program. This Solution Path details the recommended Gartner process for creating a BA strategy that addresses the Nexus of Forces in each pillar of the BA program.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Step 1.0: Understand the Changing Role of Technical Professionals
    • Step 1.1: Shift Focus From IT-Centric to Business-Centric
    • Step 1.2: Plan for Changing Roles and Skill Sets
  • Step 2.0: Evaluate the Evolving Role of Analytics Within the Organization
    • Step 2.1: Understand Where You Are
    • Step 2.2: Assess and Address Changing Data Needs
    • Step 2.3: Assess New Technologies Proactively
  • Step 3.0: Drive and Support Analytics Within the Business
    • Step 3.1: Balance Business and IT Skills and Resources
    • Step 3.2: Sustain an Ongoing Partnership Between the Business and IT
    • Step 3.3: Assess User Needs and Expectations
  • Step 4.0: Build a Flexible Data and Business Analytics Infrastructure
    • Step 4.1: Establish the Enterprise Information Management Foundation
    • Step 4.2: Implement Master Data Management
    • Step 4.3: Establish Process for the MDM Program
    • Step 4.4: Design and Build a Flexible Data Strategy and Architecture
    • Step 4.5: Architect and Build a Flexible Business Analytics Tool Environment
  • Step 5.0: Develop and Sustain an Analytic Culture
    • Step 5.1: Consistently Support an Analytic Culture at All Levels
    • Step 5.2: Measure and Communicate the Value of Business Analytics

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