2. Choose wisely – one size does not fit all
Only with the best match between you, your demands, the BI supplier and the product will you get a well-implemented and effective BI solution that meets your specific needs. You need to evaluate whether the BI vendor has the right consultancy- and industry experience.
In relation to this, it is also important not to invest beyond your organisation’s means; some vendors excel in delivering BI solutions for large organisations while others specialise in delivering solution for SMEs.
4. Shoot early and often
In the same ways that fighter pilots use fluorescent projectiles to ensure that they are on target, continuous iterations to the BI project will also ensure that you stay on target, ultimately leading to a better end result.
The organisation and its needs constantly change, for which reason the BI implementation project needs to be flexible enough to take such changes into account.
6. Do not think that the data foundation will be perfect
Your data will probably not be perfect, but do not let the data quality scare you. We know from experience that BI projects actually help illuminate where the data is skewed as well as it strengthens the focus on data handling- and consistency.
8. Raise the bar
BI solutions should, as mentioned, be dynamic. Even when the solution is well-implemented you need to keep asking yourselves how it can be developed further; how can we continue to raise the bar and get the best of our data.