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My duties as a business intelligence analyst are to implement a standard reporting process in the company, develop standards for best practices for reporting (using Oracle tools) and market.

    Ask The Experts published in DMReview.com
November 5, 2002
  By Clay Rehm


My duties as a business intelligence analyst are to implement a standard reporting process in the company, develop standards for best practices for reporting (using Oracle tools) and market and educate the company on available reporting tools in the company. Due to circumstances, the term "BI" has been tarnished in the company, it also means very little to the business. I am looking for a more suitable job title. Secondly, I need some assistance in creating a company- wide process. We have application analysts that support applications and so naturally the business will approach the analysts directly. Analysts are not known to document or record what has been done, nor do they apply best practices. The aim of the process must be to ensure that the business knows whom to approach when requesting a report. Please help.


Clay Rehm's Answer: You may wish to adopt a name that was used before data warehouse and business intelligence, which is "decision support." Since you are providing the tools and services for executives to make strategic decisions, this name may be more appropriate. Another thought is to drop the BI title entirely and just go by systems analyst or business systems analyst or something along those lines.

To support best practices, you must hold regular "town hall" meetings with the analysts around your company to remind them of the location of the best practices and to discuss new trends. The sessions should be lively and encourage debate and participation to constantly improve upon your current best practices.

These meetings would provide instructions and examples of how to document, following a standard. Speak to your management about making the attendance of these meetings mandatory.

Is there a Web site or central electronic place that data is shared, especially around best practices and around project status? What management resources believe the same way you do that can help lend some expertise and authority?

Having said all this however, people are lazy. They will not put in any extra effort unless that effort is tied to their pay or a perk of some kind. If you could find a way to tie following best practices to a pay raise, bonus or extra vacation time, then following best practices would be a hit!


For more information on related topics visit the following related portals...
Query & Reporting and Strategic Intelligence.

Clay Rehm, CCP, PMP, is president of Rehm Technology (www.rehmtech.com), a consulting firm specializing in data integration solutions. Rehm provides hands-on expertise in project management, assessments, methodologies, data modeling, database design, meta data and systems analysis, design and development. He has worked in multiple platforms and his experience spans operational and data warehouse environments. Rehm is a technical book editor and is a coauthor of the book Impossible Data Warehouse Situations with Solutions from the Experts. In addition, he is a Certified Computing Professional (CCP), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Carroll College and is currently working on his Masters degree in Software Engineering. He can be reached at clay.rehm@rehmtech.com.

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