Teenage mutant ninja turtles microseries #1: raphael

Creating a BI Roadmap, getting a BI Competency Center in place, và investing in training your team will allow you lớn flourish as a data-driven organization.

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When you think about a ninja, what traits come lớn mind?

Agile? Quick-thinking? Respected? Ability to lớn rise-to-the-challenge? Strategic knowledge?

Those are just a few that come khổng lồ mind for me. And I think it’s fair lớn say that anyone in the BI industry wants their data analysis skills khổng lồ be described lượt thích this, right?

So how does a data analyst become a data ninja? What will it take lớn get you there? And how can you become a catalyst & respected leader to lớn promote change to lớn develop a data ninja culture in your own organization?

On the journey lớn becoming a data driven organization, there are three components that often get neglected và can separate the average business analyst from the data ninjas.

BI ROADMAP You must first ensure your company has a clear BI roadbản đồ & will support a data driven culture. Successful BI initiatives depkết thúc on successful BI strategies and having a clear roadmaps for the future.BI COMPETENCY CENTER You need to create a competency center that will foster & drive user adoption throughout the organization.TRAINING You need to lớn prioritize training, continuous learning và custom mentoring for yourself so that you can maximize your ROI. By investing in yourself và improving your skills, you will truly become a ‘master’ of your trade.

But before we can talk about training for you & leading a data-driven company culture, we address the first component, making sure you have sầu the most important piece in place…


Surprisingly, a lot of senior leaders can’t answer simple questions such as:

“What should our analytics efforts focus on?” or “What questions can we answer with our data?”

The latter especially results in a massive laundry danh sách of ‘asks’ for various reports & data analyses with no tie lớn the business.

Yet, 55% of high achieving companies say analytics are absolutely critical (and an additional 35% say it’s very important) to lớn driving their company’s overall business strategy và operational outcomes according to Salesforces’ State of Analytics năm ngoái Report.


Setting up a roadmap involves aligning your BI activities to your company values & objectives and determining which activities will make best use of information lớn advance the business.

BI should serve sầu everyone in the organization no matter their role. The challenge is to lớn deliver the right information khổng lồ the right people at the right time khổng lồ maximize achievement of organizational objectives.

The BI strategy must guide users along the path of continuous change, continuous improvement, and pragmatic delivery of high value information so that it changes behaviors. It will affect data collection, integration, access, và analysis. It will include methodology, processes, framework, governance, systems, & giải pháp công nghệ.

Just like a ninja, you must think strategically and act tactically when you develop your roadmaps. You don’t want khổng lồ be on a quest to nowhere; you must envision your journey và align your strategy khổng lồ the business.

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Now that you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you can begin khổng lồ champion and promote the rest of your team & your company to adopt BI tools and strategies.

Having a clear BI strategy will set the stage for developing your BI Competency Center, which will aid in managing your deployment và resources more efficiently & secure commitment and credibility through consistency.

Simply put, a BICC provides oversight of the BI implementation & will lay the framework for corporate standards/governance and architecture. It promotes re-use and data chất lượng as well as application and data consistency.

Creating a BICC is one of the first steps you can take in increasing the likelihood of company-wide buy in of your BI system.

Howard Dressner from Dressner Advisory Services recently released retìm kiếm suggesting that having BICC in place seems to “kickstart” your BI adoption throughout the company. The retìm kiếm also suggestions organizations with BICC are more likely lớn be successful with BI.


Doug Henschen, the Executive Editor of InformationWeek provides seven steps to a successful BICC:

Start with a strategic mission.Get C-level tư vấn.Structure and fund appropriately.Prepare for ongoing support.Establish authority & make tough choices.Communicate goals & successes.Be responsive.


With a clear roadbản đồ in place và a BICC team active và fostering user adoption, you can then start khổng lồ think about additional training for your users. Training reduces the likelihood of project failure, speeds up implementation & system adoption, and teaches users how lớn maximize the power of your BI tool.

The sad truth is that training is often an afterthought for many organizations, when it should be at the forefront. Implementing a BI tool without sufficient training often results in additional cost và wasted time.

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Every training situation is different regarding the best delivery method, number of students, schedule, & location. That’s why we provide multiple training options to lớn accommodate any situation including standard training, customized training, online training, mentoring, and training help desk support.

Choosing the right training program is important, so here are a few things to lớn consider as you draft your training plan, including if you want tool specific training or general và strategic BI training.

These are typical ways we see clients using two types of our trainings:

Certified Tool Training (select members going khổng lồ training)

Users are new khổng lồ your company’s BI tool of choice (even if they are experienced with other BI tools)Users with experience with BI Visualization tools, but self-trained, or trained by another developer on-the-jobUsers are experienced with BI technologies, but trained long ago & have sầu not been plugged inkhổng lồ the BI tool’s Community or user groups

If an organization has a strong system in place to lớn mentor people (part of the BICC), training would be a great option as only a few need khổng lồ go through training và pass along best practices.

Mentoring or Custom Services Engagement (bringing in a consultant)

You need help setting up a BI Roadbản đồ or BICCUsers are experienced with BI visualization tools but need help with specific topics, e.g. incremental load, adding security khổng lồ an app, adding additional extensionsYour application or hệ thống architecture needs performance optimizationNot enough budget for full training

Developing a ‘ninja culture’ is key—otherwise, you have sầu people creating reports of no use & lots of wasted time và nothing to lớn show for it. As Mr. Miyagi said in The Karate Kid, “You trust the chất lượng of what you know, not quantity.”

So, after seeing some of things that most organization overlook, can you step into the gap & be the one to develop a ‘Nin-Ja Culture’ in your organization?

With you taking charge & leading the shift to lớn a ‘ninja culture,’ you too can be ‘the best around’