Part #1What to consider before choosing a BI solution:

What to examine in a BI solution?

How much doesExamine it really cost?

  • How long until you can actually use it?
  • What are its limitations?
  • What does it allow you to do?

 

 

How much does it really cost?Cost

 Licenses: License structure should be scalable to accommodate future growth.

Integrations: Consider the complexity of connecting to different data sources in use.

Hardware: What kind of hardware does the solution require in order to run?

Professional Services: Does the solution need special consultants to implement?

Training: Consider the technical knowledge needed by end users and administrators to use the solution.

Maintenance: How much time and resources will be invested in upkeep and support?

How long does it take to implement?Implement

 Time to production: The time it takes for analytics to be used in production on regular basis.

Required technical expertise: The expertise needed to setup and maintain the BI software. Do you need to hire or train people?

End-user training: The amount of time it takes end users to start using and benefiting from the software.

What are its limitations?

Size: The voluLimitationsme of raw data the software can load and digest?

Capability: Can the software easily join data from multiple sources?

Speed: How fast can the software update and calculate data?

Scalability: The ability to handle increasing workloads and scale accordingly. Does it slow down with more users and queries?

What can you actually do?

 Access data and create new Solutiondashboards: Access the data you need to build interactive dashboards without technical assistance.

Customize existing dashboards: Easy to use tools to manipulate and visualize data exactly how you want it.

Drill into reports: Zoom into details and underlying data for enhanced analysis.

Interact from mobile: Share and analyze with dashboards directly from any mobile device.

How to avoid the pitfalls?

Here’s the best piece of advice: Always ask for a proof of concept (POC) that connects to your real data sources.

I will publish Part 2# of this article next week.

 

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Milan Desai

 

Milan Desai has 17 years of industry experience in working with clients to solve business problems. Passionate about leveraging technology for improving the quality of life and optimize the use of resources. Currently, working on utilizing data to drive business decision making process and user understanding of key metrics that drive the organization and markets in general. Co-founder of EzDataMunch – the first BI Apps store in the world.

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