Blog | Apr 10, 2013

BI Best Practices Series (Part 5 of 6):  Think Big, Start Small ...

At a high level, the Organizational Requirements Definition Phase is an integral part of a BI Implementation Strategic Roadmap.  Emphasis on the Organizational Requirements Definition Phase is considered a best practice when introducing new BI solutions to an organization.  Alternatively, this phase is used to realign organizational BI programs that are falling short of ROI benefits that must result from investment in BI platforms. 

Major planning activities performed during the Organizational Requirements Definition Phase are listed as follows:

Blog | Apr 9, 2013

BI Best Practices Series (Part 4 of 6):  Think Big, Start Small ...

The question is not simply answered as “yes” or “no” with some further information.  Recall the definition for Business Intelligence above as “People, Process and Technology.  An organization must be well balanced in all three phases.  Business Intelligence programs may be technically successful but considered an overall failure if demonstrable cost savings or ROI cannot justify investment in Business Intelligence.  Think about this statement.

Conceptually, organizational behavior is a predictor with regards to success or failure for the BI program.  This is demonstrated in the diagram below, which shows several areas where an organization can be examined or profiled.  These areas are well-documented within the BI industry as survey results indicating success criteria.  No single area  can be a predictor of success or failure, however an Organizational Readiness Profile can be an early indicator of risk to success. 

Blog | Apr 8, 2013

BI Best Practices Series (Part 3 of 6):  Think Big, Start Small ...

Why Build a Data Architecture for Reporting and Analytics? 

Generally, organizations evolve to a data architecture based on apparent need.  An organization will experience many challenges in meeting consumer demand for its own information.  Consequentially, several manual reporting preparation processes provides static reports which are analytical dead ends. Typically, some of the drivers which force organizations to look for alternative information solutions are as follows ...

Blog | Apr 5, 2013

BI Best Practices Series (Part 2 of 6):  Think Big, Start Small ...

Before we begin, we want to establish some of our core beliefs with Business Intelligence (BI).  BI is not simply about the technology.  Business users throughout an organization must incorporate BI in day-to-day decision-making. Process Controls thru governance must enforce standardized, accurate, timely and highly available BI platforms. A BI Solution must provide a balanced portfolio of products for every kind of business user.

Blog | Apr 5, 2013

BI Best Practices Series (Part 1 of 6):  Think Big, Start Small ...

Organizational Velocity of Change - Organizations have made strategic decisions and substantial investment in people, process and technology.  Strategic investments have traditionally focused on business process efficiency, increased responsiveness to customer demand, real-time information requirements, competitor landscape and compliance.  As organizations respond to such complexities, several interesting patterns emerge.

Why organizational diversity causes information silos.

Organizations have made significant investment in application software designed to support and improve one or more critical business processes.  Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Supply-Chain Management (SCM) business application platforms often coexist with legacy applications supporting other business areas.  While organizations strategically attempt to standardize applications and processes, most have not successfully reached this end goal.  As a consequence, most organizations remain disconnected and in silos at least in part.  An information silo is considered logically correlated but physically it is not.  Further investments are made to focus on Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Data Integration (DI) platforms which serve to establish and maintain a connected process and information environment.

Blog | Mar 30, 2013

SharePoint: Business or IT Driven Initiative?

A common theme within companies is how to streamline communication channels and improve access to data.  After all, better communication and easier access to data leads to improved processes, higher productivity and improved margins.  But how can this be accomplished while still keeping the data secure and accessible to only those resources who need it, both inside and outside the company?  A common, and very good, approach is to leverage SharePoint.  Like any major project, though, it comes with its ‘share’ of considerations and complexities. 

Blog | Mar 20, 2013

Supporting a Desktop Infrastructure?  Look at a VDI solution

Providing a solid and secure desktop environment for your end users comes with its share of challenges.  It would be nice to think you can provide a desktop infrastructure that comes with a low cost and low level of maintenance and support, but is that reality?  And what about those end users that are on the road or working remotely?  The days of everyone being in the same office together are quickly becoming less of a reality, so how can you provide that same level of security, maintenance, compliance and support in this increasingly ‘telecommuting’ world?  Let’s consider what the challenges are.

Blog | Mar 11, 2013

Securing the Cloud – Managed Security Services

If you're like most companies, you're concerned about protecting yourself from data breaches, meeting compliance requirements, and protecting availability from security-related downtime, but the landscape of security solutions is complicated and fast moving.  How much should you invest in technologies like malware detection, intrusion detection and prevention, SIEM, or web application security?  Do you have the knowledge and time to manage solutions or do you want to "set it and forget it"?  It seems like there are no simple answers.


Blog | Feb 26, 2013

Waterfall vs Agile Methodology

There are continuing discussions that go on debating which approach is better:  the Waterfall or Agile Methodology. There are pros and cons on either side of the table, but the question is what works best for you?

Blog | Feb 11, 2013

Trends for Hyperion

Since Oracle acquired Hyperion in 2007, TriCore has expanded service offerings in all things Hyperion.  Hyperion has been around for over 25 years with both a flagship BI and OLAP product (Hyperion BI System and Essbase) in addition to a market leading Financial Budgeting and Planning product set.   The Hyperion BI product was further enhanced with Hyperion’s acquisition of Brio and more recently some components have been included within OBIEE, Oracle’s Flagship BI product.