Our Letter to CXOs
With data now omnipresent, the value, structure, integrity and governance of data will largely be determined in the domain of the consumers rather than the originators. This fundamental shift from schema-on-write to schema-on-read, as it is known, has changed the focus on the role of IT. IT’s role will move from being gatekeepers, guarding data jealously from misuse, to becoming storekeepers – proactively sourcing, preparing and offering quality data for decision makers to act upon.
Before we called it Business Intelligence, our industry spoke about “Decision Support.” Now, at last, technology is catching up with the decision makers, putting powerful tools in their own hands, rather than only in the hands of application developers and system analysts. Or to put things another way, now is the time to get smarter about your BI, to deliver not only dashboards, but dashboard applications that enable the kind of business impact once reserved for all-encompassing ERP system for example.
The move from paper to data, e.g. digitising of Marketing, and the addition of unstructured big-data, as well as the need to seamlessly integrate data from decommissioned and archived systems does create rather interesting management issues; How to report and how to deal with business continuity, via a Data HA/DR strategy for example. If you cannot rely on application system availability, on or off premise, you must have data high-availability instead, available outside of the host and available for decision making with the application of business logic. BI Decision Making Solutions must be seamless and relevant to the decision maker in their role, and deliver the insight necessary to run your business.
The Smarter.BI platform .. powered by QlikView is designed to deliver this business continuity to your business and help you make sense of schema-on-read requirements which are the norm in an SOA world. It is proven that schema-on-write can no longer cope with all your business needs. Therefore you are at risk if you have not taken action.
With a Smarter.BI platform your business can be simplified into three layers;
1 Reporting / Decision Making
2 Application / Transactional Processing
We look to decouple the transaction-application layer and fuse data and reporting to create a decision making layer, not using traditional data warehousing techniques, but deploying agile and effective process/role based Smarter.BI applications. Thus creating a decision making layer that is not wholly dependent on the underlying transactional processing applications to make sense of your business.
We can therefore de-risk your business and ensure availability of relevant decision making â€œdataâ€ to deliver insight for decision makers to act upon.
Perhaps now is a good time to look at your decision making and your business-continuity and data-availability strategies with a Smarter.BI solution from Differentia Consulting?