Intelligent Deployment

Common Scorecarding Obstacles to Avoid

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ObstaclesScorecards are a key component of a performance management initiative, yet many companies are not satisfied with the results they’re receiving from their scorecarding programs. Why?  Partly because they may focus too much on the mechanics of getting their scorecards implemented and neglect to address the effectiveness of the scorecards once they’ve been created.   Based on Silvon’s own work with firms who needed help in this area, we found some common factors that led to the biggest scorecarding headaches.

Here are 3 areas in which performance scorecards tend to fall short of their intended goals:

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Should You Acquire BI Technology From Your ERP Vendor?

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Should You Acquire BI Technology From Your ERP Vendor?Business intelligence (BI) is a high priority for many organizations. But for those with existing ERP systems, implementing or updating a BI program raises especially interesting challenges.

Should you source your BI technology from your ERP vendor – or choose a third-party, best-of-breed BI system?  Will BI be based just on ERP data or will data from other source systems be integrated? How will data integration, data quality and data normalization be handled?  Will your BI system scale to provide the performance and functionality required in both the short and long term?  How will implementation time and costs be affected by the strategy you select?  And what’s the best way to sort out all of these issues, build a business case, scope and plan the project effectively? View Article…

An Evolutionary Approach to BI

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BusinessIntelligencePhased deployment is a strategy that favors an incremental approach to rolling out Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, typically starting with a single department or application within a company. In contrast to enterprise-wide deployment, phased deployment allows early lessons learned to shape future roll-outs and ultimately bring greater visibility and performance management to business users on an enterprise level.

Here’s a proven 5-step strategy to follow when deploying and evolving with BI. View Article…

Data Consistency is Key to Analytics

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Data Consistency is Key to AnalyticsWhether it’s “simply” the data that gets generated by the business applications we support or the availability of data from other sources such as partners/distributors or even the brave new world of social media – the availability of data typically isn’t an issue when it comes to BI applications.  The volume of data continues to grow by unprecedented volumes each year.

The quality and ‘usability’ of that data, however, is critical to the success and acceptance of any BI strategy.  Data inconsistency results in misinformation and incorrect decisions. View Article…

Business Intelligence: The “Build vs. Buy” Debate

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Business Intelligence: The “Build vs. Buy” DebateThe debate between building a business intelligence system from the ground up or buying a pre-packaged solution has been going on for years.  Many companies that plan to deploy a BI solution will consider the in-house option first because they perceive an in-house solution can be more easily adapted over time, require no dependency on an external provider, and be less costly and more scalable in scope.

However, there are corresponding points in favor of a packaged BI solution: View Article…

The Successful BI Project – Start Small … Think BIG

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BigSmallEmbarking on a Business Intelligence project can be intimidating. 

For many organizations, it’s new territory – a major step beyond simple reporting.  A BI project shares many of the same characteristics as more traditional I.T. projects.  However, there are aspects of the BI project that can be leveraged to help make the process and deployment a success.

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Flexible Information Delivery – FID, for short (Part II)

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FID-BlogIn my earlier post on Flexible Information Delivery (or FID), I described a few ways in which different types of users may want to view their business performance information.   With an open, non-proprietary data base for information storage and management we can easily continue to expand our delivery methods.

Let’s look at some of the information delivery methods that Silvon provides as examples that you may want to consider for FID in your enterprise.

Flexible Information Delivery – FID, for short (Part I)

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FID-BlogIn any business intelligence system there are ultimately two objectives, the collection and management of information and the delivery of that information.  Assuming we can tackle the collection and management of information (okay – this is a big leap, but for the purposes of this post we’ll assume that), we are faced with providing access to the information in our business intelligence system.

We know there are many types of users in many different roles that will need to use the information.  Even an individual user may need the information delivered using different delivery methods based on both the type and purpose of that information.   Within each of the different delivery methods we want to make sure a user sees the same numbers, in the same terminology and that security to the information is applied in a consistent fashion. View Article…

Welcome to Silvon’s blog – The Intelligent Enterprise.

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Welcome to Silvon’s blog – The Intelligent Enterprise.It’s our pleasure to launch this informational resource to Sales, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Operations and IT professionals – people like you who are often tasked with helping your companies plan better … analyze smarter … and manage performance shall I say – more intelligently!

We’ve created The Intelligent Enterprise as an information hub for sharing knowledge, insights and best practices in sales and operations planning, business intelligence and reporting, and performance management.  Much of the content we’ll be offering stems from Silvon’s knowledge and long-standing domain expertise in the BI arena.  We also plan to showcase the experiences of other subject matter experts and our own clients, too — representing a variety of manufacturing and distribution industry sectors. View Article…