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An Introduction to Lean Business Intelligence

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I have yet to meet a business intelligence (BI) team that has too little on its plate. In this article, we will look at some of the drivers creating all this work and offer a set of principles that can be used to become more efficient and effective while still focused on delivering value. The main idea for this methodology evolved while leading a BI team for a leading medical manufacturer. We were frustrated by the amount of time spent maintaining our existing infrastructure and the number of features/data elements being added to the data warehouse that weren’t being utilized. During that time, the company was advocating Lean manufacturing principles and practices in our European divisions, and there appeared to be some parallels to our situation. Our dabbling into Lean was the original root that grew into this concept.

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