The Death of Business Intelligence

Analytics: The Slow Adoption amidst Value Creation

Posted in Analytics, Business Intelligence, Mobile BI by errahseno on April 11, 2014

There are many articles with in depth discussion on how Analytics can help improve business performance, how logical it is, and how valuable it proves to be. The question remains as to why many businesses are slow to adopt this nothing-but-fruitful Analytics.

Certainly, the question of technological difficulties is out as a substantial number of companies are mushrooming offering a wide variety of enterprise performance software packages that promises to collate, import, and transform data such as SAP, OutlookSoft, or IBM solutions or even the smaller companies like Qlikview, Tableau, or DSPanel.

All these articles reveal only one reason for meeting difficulty adopting analytics despite its potential value to the company – resistance to change.

For example, the IT managers want to remain as the go to person for data governance and security. Likewise, his team fears losing control over the data compromising data security and increasing the costs of managing data.

The IT team of course is a valuable asset to a company as they maintain information security across the organization and one cannot lay blame on them if they take on a defensive stance as they endeavor to move forward with the least cost and highest security.

Ensuring that the IT manager remains to be that person in charge of data control and security, explaining to him how he can greatly help with the upcoming projects, and making his IT team understand that security will not be compromised is a step toward ensuring acceptance of applying analytics.

It is not always just about data but also about making people understand why certain changes need to happen. The well-being of the employees is as important as any other key factors decision makers should consider when rolling out changes. These changes affect the people within the organization hence, the employees´ involvement and deeper understandings for the need for analytics are critical factors that must not be taken for granted.

Equally important is the determination of the proponents´ of Analytics within the organization. As one lobbies for analytics, there will always be naysayers. People who tend to stand by the status quo will resist the change despite being proven wrong on a factual ground. The heavier the weight of the opinion of that person is which is directly proportional to the position a person holds, the harder it becomes.

Notwithstanding the intense resistance met, the advocates must not be frail and continue to communicate to these people with stronger than ever determination in order to convince the others why analytics will be a good addition to the company.



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  1. Mike Curtis said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Unfortunately it’s a fact of life that the IT department can hinder the advancement of BI in a company. But for the most part it seems like it’s really IT management that has the problem and not IT as a whole. One strategy is to evangelize the front line IT employees, by getting the “underlings” on board eventually the IT department will come to embrace BI.

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