One great article here that drives the point home, the lack of understanding that exists between top management and IT Consultants or in house IT management...the fear of more technology is rampant and very prevalent...this writer of this article uses an HMO at its example and in a simple understandable manner draws a simplistic picture on the vocabulary...and how IT relates and the more commonly used responses of top management...definitely a lack of communication here...IT knows they need the data and software to provide management with the foundations they need for intelligent business decisions, yet, there's still the loose end of dealing with those outside the data world that don't understand what is realized with immediate real time information. They still rely on a staff of individuals to crank out tons of spreadsheets, and that takes a lot of time! Why waste valuable staff time to complete the job in a number of days, when business intelligence software can do this for you in a few clicks?
Gartner has a nice page with a lot of information relative to Business Intelligence for health care as well....below are a couple health care solutions with Business Intelligence...and one announcing the partnership of Microsoft with ASG Software solutions...personally I like the Microsoft solution as it can be used by small, medium and large businesses...and the reporting functionality is that of an Excel Spreadsheet, and it uses SQL server, mining data from other programs already contained within SQL server, even from your CRM software whether it be Siebel or Microsoft Dynamics. (rated #1 by Gartner) .and the process with a programmer to incorporate with Visual Studio applications is already there for custom applications, I learned a bit about this at the latest Microsoft launch project. It also integrates with Microsoft Office easily. The NFL uses business intelligence quite extensively. BD
ASG Software Solutions, the originator of the Business Service Platform (BSP), recently announced that through a partnership with Microsoft, the company will offer a comprehensive data warehouse package that combines ASG's metadata management strength with the ease and reliability of Microsoft's SQL Server.
Moreover, consensus between the business and IT on critical success factors lit a fire under management, whose understanding of the role of data-as-asset was sketchy at best. “You mean in order to actually succeed at these things, we need to harness our data?” asked the CEO when we explained the list along with the rest of our deliverable. The answer was, “Yes. And soon.”
My point here is that for better or worse, managing perception is as much art as it is science, and that goes for business intelligence and master data management (MDM) projects. That’s why there’s so much spin. People need to position new initiatives in order to sell them, often mislabeling them to enhance their glow. For example, I have a client who has just branded its data warehouse a “CDI hub.” They’re also calling operational reports “strategic BI.” Don’t get me started about their ETL programs.
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