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How to Accelerate Analytics Adoption When Business Intelligence Maturity Is Low

Published: 07 April 2017

ID: G00322677

Analyst(s): Melody Chien


Organizations with low levels of BI maturity often struggle to maximize value from their data assets. Data and analytics leaders can evolve their organizations' BI capabilities for digital business transformation by taking simple steps in the areas of people, strategy, governance and technology.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build Business-Driven "Virtual BI Teams" That Include Business Unit Leaders and Users ("People")
    • Involve Business Stakeholders in Analytics Decision Making
    • Leverage Business Users' Domain Knowledge as an Extension of BI Analytics Capabilities
  • Develop a Short-Term but Holistic BI Strategy That Aligns Business Units With IT/BI Teams ("Strategy")
    • Create a BI Roadmap With Achievable Goals, Clear Timetables,┬áMilestones and Performance Measurement
    • Start With a Small Project With Simple or Well-Defined Business Processes for a Quick Win
  • Establish a Basic Data Governance Framework That Can Be Expanded as BI Maturity Increases ("Governance")
    • Find Out What Information You Have in the Organization
    • Start With Critical Data That Is Commonly Shared Within the Organization, but Is Problematic
    • Treat Governance as Influence and Agreement, Not Restriction
  • Choose Packaged Analytics Applications for a Quick Start ("Technology")
    • Choose Analytics Applications That Best Fit Requirements and Company Culture
    • Use Free or Low-Cost Proofs of Concept Before Purchase

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