Colony American Finance was able to increase profitability by taking their business intelligence (BI) to the cloud. The importance of empowering business users was critical, and my interview with Matthew March, CIO at Colony American Finance, highlights how efficiently he was able to work with his executive team to create an effective BI platform in just two months.
Over the years I have been discussing several keys to effective BI. These include time to market, integration with operational business processes and timely acquisition of data. In my interview with Matthew, which includes several use cases, he shares how he was able to effectively address all of these key areas by creating a BI infrastructure that encompasses the cloud. He can now provide his business users with safe and secure access to 27 different data sources so they can do their own ad hoc analysis without involving IT.
This is one of the best BI implementations I have seen, and it clearly shows how this company has reached the goal that every BI implementation hopes to achieve. By eliminating stovepipe BI and enabling business users to effectively do ad hoc analysis themselves, Colony American Finance has realized the promise of BI -- to empower users and do it with minimal IT involvement.
Posted November 14, 2016 8:15 AM
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