The business intelligence conundrum

SUMMARY:

On a rare winter trip out of the frozen north, I visited Atlanta where I met with Mico Yuk. Mico is an outspoken business intelligence consultant, often working in the SAP world. In the above video we discuss a couple of stories: one she wrote on SCN that talked about the five things BI people need to do in 2013, the other, colleague Dennis Howlett’s response.

On a rare winter trip out of the frozen north, I visited Atlanta where I met with Mico Yuk. Mico is an outspoken business intelligence consultant, often working in the SAP world. In the above video we discuss a couple of stories: one she wrote on SCN that talked about the five things BI people need to do in 2013, the other, colleague Dennis Howlett’s response.

Mico makes the point that newer, nimbler providers like Tableau are making progress at the line of business level but have yet to address the topic of data governance. Even so, Mico argues that the better known mega-vendors need to step up their game because once the small vendors solve the governance problem then they will represent formidable competition at the enterprise level.

Here are the show notes:

1:28 Business people, seeking instant solutions, are taking BI over from IT

2:39 The issue of data governance is keeping Big BI alive – for now.

3:19 Mico’s argument with Dennis: Data governance is missing link

3:45 BI from a finance/line of business perspective

4:09 Mico and Dennis agree a ship has sailed in BI, but disagree on how far

5:28 IT has become the victim of quicker BI solutions

7:02 BI managers giving way to data scientists

8:30 Mico predicts that by 2015, data scientists will replace the traditional BI role

9:15 Suite BI vendors need to move faster and beyond the status quo