Many professionals struggle to appreciate BI – how can you do better?


Business intelligence tools offer a great deal of potential to any organisation. Collecting data, analysing it and finding key truths within it is a strategy that can help companies in all sectors optimise their operations and make greater profits. In recent years, this has been proven true time and time again.

BI can only be effective if employees are fully on board.

It’s only true in a general, abstract sense, though. In practise, the hard part is that BI can only be effective if employees are fully on board. This can be difficult because analysing data is largely an IT function, and many professionals don’t have the IT skill set to match.

There’s nothing more frustrating than being asked to tackle a new project at work and not having the basic understanding or the technical know-how to pull it off. If such a problem exists in your office, it might be necessary to bring in consultants who can help smooth out the wrinkles in your operations.

Professionals aren’t satisfied with BI

There’s no doubting that companies have enormous potential in front of them when they adopt business intelligence solutions. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many companies today are struggling to reach that potential.

A recent study from software startup LogiXML found that many users of BI solutions today are not satisfied with their ability to deliver results. The company polled 575 non-technical professionals across many industries and found that 49 per cent of them aren’t happy. This figure was far lower – 33 per cent – among people who do specialise in IT. The problem is that if you’re not trained in using and analysing data, you’re bound to have trouble achieving results.

LogiXML also went one step farther and polled users about their greatest impediments to deploying BI. Unsurprisingly, 42 per cent identified issues with data analysis manpower, either saying they didn’t have the IT staffing resources necessary for BI or that their existing staff members found it too technically challenging. These are important problems for companies to address as they get deeper into BI.

Avoiding the common pitfalls

One of the major problems, as TechTarget noted, is that companies often struggle because they treat their non-tech employees like IT specialists. Many workers today aren’t ready to get into the nitty-gritty details of how to optimise BI. With them, it makes more sense to back up and answer the more fundamental question first – “What is business intelligence?”

Overcome the common difficulties that limit IT success.Overcome the common difficulties that limit IT success.

An additional challenge is timing. It’s not enough just to teach people effectively about what BI is and how to take advantage – you have to know when to teach them. Start too early, and you risk watching your staff forget everything they learned once it comes time to apply it. Start too late, and you might be diving into a project that your employees aren’t ready for. Getting the pacing right is a key element of BI success.

Consulting can address your company’s pain points

To get your employees up to speed on the potential that BI has to offer, it might make sense to work with a consultancy that can bring valuable insights to the table and help you get ahead. At AtoBI, we have the foremost experts on business consulting in Melbourne, and we’re well prepared to identify your BI needs and relay them to your staff.

There is no “one size fits all” solution that makes BI fit for everyone. Instead, every company has its own individual needs that must be met, and we take pride in meeting them. That’s why we offer tailored consultancy services to each and every client.