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Solution Path for Evolving Your Business Analytics Program

Published: 15 January 2016

ID: G00292685

Analyst(s): Carlie Idoine


The four pillars of data, people, process and technology provide a framework for evolving a business analytics program. This Solution Path recommends a Gartner process for analytics professionals to use when addressing the building blocks of each pillar and the key objectives of a BA program.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

Solution Path Diagram

What You Need to Know

Solution Path

  • Lead the Charge to Evolve the Role of the BA Technical Professional
    • Shift Focus From IT-Centric to Business-Centric
    • Develop and Evolve Roles and Skill Sets
  • Extend the Use of Analytics Throughout the Organization
    • Understand Where You Are
    • Assess Changing Data Needs and Use Cases
    • Investigate the Use of New Technologies Proactively
  • Build a Flexible Data Architecture
    • Establish the Enterprise Information Management Foundation
    • Implement Master Data Management
    • Design and Build a Flexible Data Strategy and Infrastructure
  • Architect a Flexible Analytics Tool Environment
    • Build a User Environment to Accommodate Varying Needs
    • Architect for Big Data Analytics
    • Scale the Analytics Environment
  • Develop and Sustain an Analytic Culture
    • Balance Business and IT Skills and Resources
    • Leverage Analytics to Drive Transformation
    • Measure and Communicate the Value of Business Analytics

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