Mastering Business Analytics with SAP – Keynote insights
Mico Yuk provided an energetic opening presentation with a five step process for implementing dashboard projects as well as providing ‘BI Guerrilla’ strategies to engage the business user community. She mentioned that Gartner is predicting that “70% of all BI projects will be a failure” this year – giving the audience a real reality check on BI projects within their organisations. She recommended that BI professionals do app design e-Learning courses to learn about usability and heuristics.
My key insights were:
- Don’t start with mock-ups when initiating a dashboarding project – start with identifying the data and KPIs and ensure the business provide definitions and formulas, this will ensure they define, own and understand the measures
- Once available KPIs are identified start building black and white mockups using simple online tools (She recommends basalmiq / tigermockup)
- Its BI Suicide to combine design and requirements in the same project phase
- The days of big BI projects implemented by large consultancies are over – there is huge competition from 3rd party vendors who sell directly to business users
Mico called Microsoft Excel a “BI Cancer” and said it introduced a number of data governance issues. Presentation was well received, although the conservative South African audience didn’t ask too many questions.