BI Best Practices Benchmark Report

Date: 26-07-2011
Author: Bit Software

As Business Intelligence Group member on LinkedIn, I found a very interesting „BI Best Practices Benchmark Report”, which takes a close look at the elements of a successful BI strategy, including the drivers and obstacles, as well as the metrics for tracking and measuring success. The report also goes into detail of some of the best examples of rapid ROI from BI projects and that they are associated with tactical implementations that emphasize immediate results over perfect system architecture, as long as it is easily accessible to the decision makers who need it.

So, according to the report, most organizations today have BI tools or at least some way of releasing reports. But only fewer have a true Business Intelligence strategy. On the other hand, some of the best examples of rapid ROI from BI projects are associated with tactical implementations that emphasize immediate results over a perfect system architecture. And no matter how great the analytic technology, a BI solution is only useful if it is easily accessible to the decision makers who need it. The Gleansight „BI Best Practices Benchmark Report” takes a close look at the elements of a successful BI strategy, including the drivers and obstacles, as well as the metrics for tracking and measuring success.

The report has seven parts (Topic Overview, Reasons to Implement, Value Drivers, Challenges, Performance Metrics, Success Story, Vendor Landscape), which I will try to present them separately, in a serial way meant to convince you that in 2011, BI solutions are no longer a fad but a necessity.

Survey Stats
The research findings featured in this Gleansight benchmark report are derived from the Q3 2010 Gleanster “Lead Nurturing” survey.
There are some statistics:
- Total survey responses: 273
- Qualified survey responses: 211
- Company size: Very Small (9%); Small (36%); Medium (23%); Large (24%); Very Large (8%)
- Geography: North America (65%); Europe (20%); Other (15%)
- Industries: Software and Hardware (31%); Financial Services (24%); Retail and Consumer Goods (15%); Other High Tech (19%); Other (11%)
- Job levels: C-level (6%); SVP/VP (14%); Director (31%); Manager & Staff (49%)
- Sample survey respondents: Director, IT, Hilton; Vice President, Wells Fargo; Manager, Operations, Comcast; Director, IT, Home Depot; Vice President, HP; Marketing Manager, Safeway; Director, Operations, General Motors; Manager, Cisco;