Business Intelligence Managers

You’re responsible for Business Intelligence, making sure everyone gets the data they need, when they need it – every time, with complete accuracy. With that responsibility comes challenge; keeping everyone happy is not always easy.

Meeting reporting expectations

BI managers have to juggle the ability of the team to connect the correct data sources to create reports for the rest of the business with the pressure on the teams to produce the reports faster and faster. Often the BI team is working alongside ageing technology stacks and ever changing report requirements. This is when a BI data model can really help to define the key reporting requirements from the outset to enable data insight in a meaningful timeframe.

Making sure accurate data is available

Often the BI teams are working with a lot of manual reports with information not necessarily updated accurately, timely or regularly. As soon as information is siphoned off into spreadsheets we know from experience that it becomes increasingly complex for BI reporting to remain accurate due to data quality issues. A BI data model will need to be able to track a history of change to the data sources in the reporting to enable like-for-like reporting and trend analysis.

Avoiding bottlenecks

The business intelligence stack that enables the BI data model must take into account the team available to carry out the reporting and the quality and frequency of updates from source systems. Often we see BI teams being blamed as a bottleneck for progress. The BI manager has to set up a hierarchy of need to queue up the requested reports but that can be a constant source of irritation to business teams who are then waiting on making decisions based on that reporting.

Managing communication

The BI data model needs to take into account the permissions, the login / sign-on authorisation and security of the reporting. Without a clear and well understood BI data model it can be complex to manage the sharing of reporting and ensure that the information is going to the right people. BI managers must also consider who will be digesting the reports and ensure that the information can be understood in a meaningful way by the widest possible audience.

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