In order to justify expenditures and upgrading in a business intelligence (BI) system, it is important to demonstrate how these investments will impact the business. In this article on E Commerce Times, author David F. Carr offers nine tips on sharpening BI. Carr covers topics such as fostering a culture of data-driven decision making, implementing employee training and customizing user interfaces/dashboards for specific roles.
"Giving managers the ability to retrieve data is not enough, particularly if they are being tasked to respond quickly to threats and opportunities. Consider proactively providing an alert when a threshold is exceeded, say by a spike in supplier prices or demand for a given product. Such a notification system can be mapped to existing roles within the company. Additionally, individual users can be granted the ability to configure their own alerts.