I have been involved in Business Intelligence for over 15 years. I have seen first hand the difference between just a Business Intelligence project and one that actually delivers value. The reason for a business to invest time and money into a BI project is to get better information than they have had before. Any new BI project must accomplish at least 1 of 3 three goals.
- Avoid Cost by delivering information more efficiently
- Improve the Business Performance
- Increase the Revenue of the Company
Otherwise, why would you company want to spend money on a new hardware or software. Spending $500,000 on a new platform to make existing reports run faster may seem like a way to add value to the business. However, that same $500,000 may be better spent cleaning up data or helping to eliminate manual reporting and getting users to a point where they are analyzing their data instead of spending their time collecting the data.