Blog: Nancy Williams http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/ The Intelligent Pathway blog is an informal channel for sharing our ideas and experiences in the areas of business intelligence, performance management, analytics, and data warehousing. This blog is intended to provide our business and technical perspectives on new developments and future directions of the fields. Our blog posts reflect a pragmatic bent that balances business and technical perspectives. As always, feel free to contact us or add your perspective if you wish--we're always willing to hear from people who may have had different experiences or who hold different opinions. Copyright 2015 Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:33:09 -0700 http://www.movabletype.org/?v=4.261 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[BI and Analytics for Financial Planning & Analysis]]> http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2014/09/bi_and_analytic.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2014/09/bi_and_analytic.php Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:33:09 -0700 Business Strategy for Big Data – Three Key Tasks Bill Inmon recently shared a conversation with a consultant who has been involved in many big data proofs of concept.  The consultant reported that 80% to 90% of the big data projects had stalled out after the proof of concept.  A key reason cited was that no clear cut business value had been identified at the start of the Big Data project.  In other words, there was no business strategy for big data.  As a business intelligence and data warehousing... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/09/business_strate.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/09/business_strate.php Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:50:00 -0700 Business Intelligence Strategy – The BI Roadmap for Success http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/08/business_intell_6.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/08/business_intell_6.php Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:26:50 -0700 Business Intelligence Strategy: Capability-Focused or Customer-Centric Business Intelligence Strategy:  Capability-Focused or Customer-Centric?   In the course of our business intelligence strategy work with major companies across a range of industries, we've seen two general types of BI strategies.  One strategy centers on marshaling resources and deploying organizational capabilities.  Once the capabilities are deployed, then work on development of actual BI applications can begin.  We call this approach a "capability-focused" BI strategy.  Another approach focuses on identifying BI-enabled improvements to the business processes that drive business results,... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/06/business_intell_3.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/06/business_intell_3.php Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:57:06 -0700 Business Intelligence Strategy – Identifying BI Excution Gaps http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_4.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_4.php Fri, 31 May 2013 15:40:43 -0700 Business Intelligence Strategy – Five Key Questions for Envisioning BI Uses http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_5.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_5.php Sat, 18 May 2013 14:38:00 -0700 Business Intelligence Strategy – Five Key Components Over the past 13 years, my colleagues and I at DecisionPath have had the privilege of helping major companies in many industries formulate their business intelligence (BI) strategies.  While each company and industry is different, there are common components of an effective BI strategy.  Some are specific to BI and others are applicable for any business process improvement initiative.  And make no mistake - BI initiatives must be business process improvement initiatives if they are to create business value.  For... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_2.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/05/business_intell_2.php Sat, 04 May 2013 13:42:40 -0700 Analytics: A Tool Executives and Managers Need to Embrace Today's executives and managers are swamped with ideas about improving business results.  These range from improving so-called "soft skills" like leadership and communications, to methods like Strategy Mapping and Six Sigma, to software tools for customer relationship management or supply chain planning and execution. The panoply of approaches is promoted by an army of capable academics, consultants, researchers, and information technology vendors - and executives and managers are buffeted by claims, many of them difficult to evaluate.  Within this environment,... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/02/analytics_a_too.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2013/02/analytics_a_too.php Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:11:09 -0700 Big Data – What's Your Strategy? The argument for jumping into the fray with big data goes something like this: there is an increase in the volume, velocity, and variety of data flowing around companies that is driven largely by social media and that is increasingly comprised of unstructured data – tweets, likes, etc. companies that can harvest and mine big data will  out-perform companies that don't. As with any business or technology innovation, the proponents can always marshall case studies to support the value proposition. ... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/big_data_whats_1.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/big_data_whats_1.php Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:35:43 -0700 Big Data – What’s Your Strategy? The argument for jumping into the fray with big data goes something like this: there is an increase in the volume, velocity, and variety of data flowing around companies that is driven largely by social media and that is increasingly comprised of unstructured data – tweets, likes, etc. companies that can harvest and mine big data will  out-perform companies that don’t. As with any business or technology innovation, the proponents can always marshall case studies to support the value proposition. ... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/big_data_whats.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/big_data_whats.php Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:35:43 -0700 Business Intelligence Success – An Adaptive Challenge I read an interesting book last week called Immunity to Change, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey.  In it, the authors focus on individual and organizational factors that impede successful change, and they discuss a distinction between technical challenges and adaptive challenges.  A technical challenge may be difficult, but the skills required to meet the challenge are well known.  On the other hand, individuals and organizations often face adaptive challenges - where successful change requires transforming mindsets by advancing... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/business_intell_1.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/10/business_intell_1.php Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:57:47 -0700 Speeding up Your BI Program with the Right Tools One of the more important trends in business intelligence over the past few years has been a need for speed: an ever-increasing volume of data means that existing BI systems must be able to process information faster and faster. On the business user side, an increased demand for BI puts pressure on BI teams to develop new applications faster, without sacrificing quality. While there are a number of factors that go into streamlining and speeding up your BI program, one... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/06/speeding_up_you.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/06/speeding_up_you.php Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:30:16 -0700 Slow Systems Can Cause Slow Business Intelligence Teams In my last post about BI teams executing faster, Faster BI Execution: Four Practical Approaches to Improving BI System Quality, I looked at how quality impacts BI team performance, in this fourth post in the series I examine how slow BI systems can slow the performance of BI teams. Do users complain about how slow the system is? Do you have to create a summary table for many new reports? Do you test on sample data or only run tests... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/04/slow_systems_ca.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/04/slow_systems_ca.php Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:56:29 -0700 Are Organizations Ready for Big Data? In my previous post, “The Analytics Blind Spot for Business Users“, I examined business users' perception of their BI capability, and how frequently they're not getting the value out of their business data.  This week, as part of our ongoing series on How BI is Being Used in 2012, I want to take a closer look at how well organizations are able to handle the three forces most responsible for the challenge of big data: volume, velocity and variety. In... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/03/are_organizatio.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/03/are_organizatio.php Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:18:50 -0700 The Analytics Blind Spot for Business Users In my last post "Analytics In - Business Intelligence Out?" I discussed one of the key findings in our new research brief How Business Intelligence and Analytics are Being Used in 2012. In our research, we examined the terms that most resonated with business users when discussing the process of analyzing business information to support better decision making and improve business results.  Surprisingly, "business intelligence" rated fairly low compared to the terms "analytics" and "reporting." As I noted previously, the... http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/02/the_analytics_b.php http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/williams/archives/2012/02/the_analytics_b.php Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:45:22 -0700