Is There a Model We Can Follow?
Not One Model Fits All
Just like clothing, there isn't one size that fits all. Every business, as well as the company's stakeholders, employees, customers and business processes are unique. If you truly understand that, and that the "answers" come after months of data collection and analysis, you're well on your way to success. Many of our clients think BI is a simple module that we can turn on for them and it solves everything. We do have a module that we can turn on, but without programming it, it's just a module.
The best analogy to understanding BI, is to relate it to your Outlook Rules engine. Just because your Outlook mailbox comes with the ability to create rules, it does nothing until you start feeding it data. As your inbox starts to receive certain types of email, you start creating rules to file or archive those pieces as they come in. You never stop. You add rules very slowly over years, until it's a huge list of rules that helps you manage all of the inbound email. Imagine getting 500 emails a day and there wasn't a SPAM or JUNK folder and you didn't have the ability to create folders and rules. How on earth could you make sense of that email after a week, month or years? That is what BI is. It's learning to take these inbound pieces of data that have been collected for years and create your folders (reports), rules (BI or AI learning module), and program it so you can manage (make decisions) it all.