Do you treat Analytics and Business Intelligence as a standalone class of enterprise apps? If so you maybe stopping 80% of the value from enterprise data being extracted and analysed to achieve smarter decision making.
Scary, but in the round this is true unless:-
- You integrate/embed analytics in the DNA of enterprise apps
- Deploy purpose built apps with world class analytics built in
- Delivered to all people across the organisation
- On the device they need from wallboard to smartphone
- Without costing the earth.
The traditional mega vendors, SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft will help you achieve that but you may not have the time, budget or staff.
The flashy data discovery & visualisation tools look good but do not have the platform & APIs vital for this.
There are a number of vendors that fit the bill including ( but not exclusively) Information Builders, Board, Spotfire and Logi Analytics. MicroStrategy....
You might not need a complete analytics/BI platform in which case you could evaluate some specialists like Carto discovering and predicting the key insights hidden in your enterprise location data & apps.
Genius or Dunce? Be smart and embed analytics in your genius enterprise apps. And stay away from anyone stating that it is easy to surface and visualise all the data in your organisation.
For all the data, applications, and analytical tools you may already have, you’re lucky to be getting even 20 percent of what is possible. Why? Because your analytics are disconnected from the business processes that need them and, more importantly, the people who can make smarter decisions in those processes. So how do I empower my employees to make smarter decisions? Place analytics in context of where the decisions occur. Decisions happen in the applications people use every day. Embed analytics in the fabric of those applications and the smarter decisions will start immediately. Add in the extra information that Big Data promises, and those analytics and applications can power smart decisions will deliver larger business impacts than the marginal ones that focus merely on efficiencies.