Why you shouldn't rush into adopting Business Intelligence tools
You’ve got so much data, you really don’t know what to do with it. So, the obvious answer is to implement a business intelligence tool that will do a lot of the hard work for you, right?
It's so easy to jump towards a product hoping it will be the magic answer. But, the reality is if you rush towards a BI solution, without doing the ground-work first, it’s likely to cost you more money and time in the long-run.
That’s why at Acutus Consulting we work through a simple 3 stage process, with each carrying equal weight, to help you find the right solution that will get your data working for you. Importantly, we also bring a neutral and objective standpoint which can help you see the bigger picture.
Step 1. Understand the problem first.
You can’t find a solution, before you really understand the problem. That’s why we spend the majority of our time focusing on a situational analysis and requirements planning, so we truly understand the issues you want to address. We’ll assess your data sources, the health of the data available and speak to key stakeholders across the business. We often find that when speaking to us, stakeholders are more open about the barriers and challenges they face, but also more willing to find a solution. From here we will assess where your strengths and weaknesses are, and where the skills and data gaps lie.
Step 2. Develop a solution that is right for your business.
If you rush towards a particular business intelligence tool, it may not do what you need it to, or do too much that you don’t need. Taking all of the valuable information we’ll develop a Business Intelligence solution. We won’t force you down a provider route, but will take everything we have learned in the business requirements phase to develop the right solution. Working through this stage meticulously will ensure you get the solution that delivers what you need it to.
Step 3. Test and train.
There's no point having a powerful BI solution if your people don’t know how to use it, or how to ask the right questions of it (data literacy). That’s why we’ll spend time testing user requirements and training employees to use it confidently.
It’s tempting, at this stage, for businesses to rush in too fast and try to roll out the solution quickly across the business. But it’s essential to plan how different teams and job roles are going to use the BI tool first. It’s better to roll out the solution gradually, and focus on one benefit at a time, than go into information overload. You don't want to go too quickly and put people off, as they are likely to shy away from using the tool.
How can Acutus Consulting help you?
By working through our three stage process we can get under the skin of your requirements and support you with your data needs. We work with clients on a project basis, so don’t come with a hefty consultancy price tag. Whether it's a full-scale BI project you're after, or just some extra resource and expertise to call upon give us a call or email us.