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BI is Fun Again

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightTuesday, September 17, 2013

Business intelligence (BI) has gotten a bad rap over the years, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The common perception that BI is simply the delivery of static reports or dashboards for monitoring performance is, frankly, outdated. As the advances in technology, analytics, big data, and database technologies bring down the barriers to working with data, the result can be true democratization of data -- and that’s fun. But, in order to do that, BI needs to be rediscovered and traditional notions need to be challenged.

That’s the premise on which John O’Brien launched Radiant Advisors. O’Brien’s bold mission is to help people:

  • Rediscover what BI is all about for the business.
  • Reimagine how BI can transform analytics.
  • Rethink what data and BI architecture should be.

The company approaches this transformational work through three main components: research, advisory services, and developing and mentoring people through editorial, events, and e-learning platforms. The RediscoveringBI publication and Spark! event series were launched with this goal. At the core of all three areas, O’Brien says the foundational approach is to “forget about architectures, forget about everything we’ve been doing for 20 years, get back to the basic principles of things, and really think about why we do something.”

It’s a lofty goal, requiring a shift in the pervasive mindset established around BI.

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Source: Information Management

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