It's not always easy to provide BI training to employees on the fly

Business leaders everywhere are in a rush to implement new solutions for business intelligence (BI). In doing so, they have the potential to examine their operations closely and find opportunities to make key improvements. A more productive, profitable future might be just one data analysis project away.

If your staff takes the time to learn BI skills, you'll probably have to sacrifice productivity.

There's just one problem – the business world is competitive now, not a year from now. If your staff takes the time to learn BI skills for the future, you'll probably have to sacrifice productivity in the present, and that means losing ground against hardworking rivals in your industry. No one wants that.

The secret is to train people on the fly while staying highly competitive. This is easier said than done, but it's not impossible.

Breaking down the training process

When you're deploying enterprise solutions for BI, your staff is going to have a lot to learn and not much time to learn it. According to the Industry Skills Councils, you're going to have three primary goals to tackle as an organisation:

  • Establishing the scope: The first step is to find out exactly how much your company is capable of with BI. Exactly which aspects of your operations are you looking to analyse and improve? Where are you looking for inefficiencies? Answering these basic questions will give your work direction.
  • Engaging your staff: It's often difficult to get your entire team on board with BI, as many of them are non-tech personnel who don't naturally take to data analysis. It will be crucial to communicate with them effectively and get their input.
  • Removing barriers to improvement: Your employees are bound to have trouble with new BI solutions at various points along the way. Looking out for difficulty and helping them through it will be crucial.

If you have a comprehensive plan for BI implementation that hits all of the above areas, your project just might be successful.

Steering clear of common pitfalls

Having said that, there are still sometimes additional problems that crop up along the way, even if your company has the right initial framework for implementing BI effectively.According to TechTarget, one common problem is that IT specialists don't know how to communicate effectively with staff members who lack their level of tech expertise. When you talk to other business users like IT people, you risk speaking a language they don't understand and alienating them.

Non-IT users can get confused by convoluted tech lingo.Non-IT users can get confused by convoluted tech lingo.

Along the same lines, another typical issue that comes up is speaking to people in the right dialect, but getting the timing wrong. Teach people the basics of BI too late, and they may have already been thrown into the fire and made mistakes. Do it too early, and they might forget the lessons they're taught once it's time to apply them. This is why many companies reach out for help in the form of solution consulting – they want to get their tone and timing just right.

How a good consultant can help

Getting your employees to fully embrace BI is not always easy, but the process definitely becomes smoother if you have good teachers in your corner. That's why, at AtoBI, we offer resources such as QlikView training courses that can help your people learn new technologies without a hitch.

A good consultant is someone who knows how to listen and develop a complex understanding of what challenges employees tackle and what difficulties they face. We have a team of such experts on our staff, and they're eager to get to work for your business. Talk to us today about how we can set your organisation down the path to BI success.