Gartner Research

Succeed With Business Intelligence by Avoiding Nine Fatal Flaws

Published: 12 September 2008

ID: G00161231

Analyst(s): Bill Hostmann, James Richardson


Clients have helped Gartner identify nine common mistakes or flaws that can destroy business intelligence programs. Business and IT managers in charge of BI should know what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Context
  • Analysis
    • Flaw No. 1: Believing that "If you build it, they will come"
    • Flaw No. 2: Managers "dancing with the numbers"
    • Flaw No. 3: "Data quality problem? What data quality problem?"
    • Flaw No. 4: "Evaluate other BI platforms? Why bother?"
    • Flaw No. 5: "It's perfect as it is. Don't ever change..."
    • Flaw No. 6: "Let's just outsource the whole darn BI thing"
    • Flaw No. 7: "Just give me a dashboard. Now!"
    • Flaw No. 8: "X + Y = Z, doesn't it?"
    • Flaw No. 9: "BI strategy? No thanks, we'll just follow our noses"
  • Key Facts

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