Beating Business Intelligence Blues

Beating Business Intelligence Blues

Susan AndreArticles, News

Melancholy and having a bout of BI Blues is often a side effect of business users who need to interact with their data but finding it difficult, for a variety of reasons, leading to frustration over not being able to achieve their information related goals.

Blues is a music genre that probably originated with the 17th-century English expression “the blue devils,” for the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. Shortened over time to “the blues,” it came to mean a state of agitation or depression.


The inability to react to the multitude of analytical requests in the most optimal and timely fashion, is likely a contributing factor of low morale of BI Teams in enterprises suffocating under the chaotic overload of all types of information.

The rapid rate of change in this industry of first collecting, processing, storing then dissecting, dissimilating and finally analysing data – conjures extraordinary measures to fulfil high expectation of data consumers.

Acronyms such as DW, DM, HTAP, LLAP, GEPOF, IoT, NAT, PIM to name only a few continue to sprout up. You must know your ABR (Automatic Baud Rate detection) from your ZNA (Zero Network Administration) in order to keep track of the latest developments.  Meanwhile the lack of sufficiently trained workforce, low staff retention and vendors with hidden agendas, who promote technological driven solution which supposedly require little or NO planning, rushes ahead towards the next round of “that did not work and it is IT’s fault” Business Intelligence projects.

Even absurd HR roles are being invented to introduce more resources into BI teams attempting to solve the crisis.  Aspirations to become a Citizen Analyst, Data Scientist, Dashboard Evangelist or Data Storyteller are running high. Everybody wants to be an Information Rock Star!

Understand what should be fuelling the greed for data; it should be driven by true Business goals, are we generating more data so that we can predict and ultimately exercise more control over our customer’s behaviour? Or is it simply a matter of believing, that by making all the data available,  it will satisfy whatever data related request hits the playlist…. somewhere in the near future

Business Intelligence projects typically involve in-depth requirements analysis which will form the cornerstone of the Business Intelligence Strategy.

Careful planning, project management, specialized design techniques plus orchestration of a potentially complex implementation necessitate thorough understanding of the aforementioned aspects.

If left undiagnosed or untreated BI Blues could have serious Business health implications.  Perhaps it is time to change the BI Blues tune to a more upbeat rhythm!

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