Why a BI Implementation Fail?

Author: Bit Software
Date: 27- 04- 2011


In a discussion started on Business Intelligence Professionals Group on LinkedIn, 276 BI specialists have tried to answer to a simple question: why BI implementations fail. And how can specialists prevent this from happening again and again and again and ...

Although each of the respondents see somewhat different the answer to that question, finally they reached the same results, grouped into two categories: reasons to fail and reasons to succeed.

So, the BI Implementation fails with few reasons:
1) Not enough data to make history.
2) The company management does not have proper hierarchy.
3) BI is designed for Managers to facilitate them take quick decision support, they should know what they want and what they looking at.
4) The critical users not being involved from the beginning.
5) Ineffective or incompetent project management.
6) Understand the business needs.

BI Implementations will succeed when there is a:
1) Good Business Analyst who understands Business.This is a role that can bridge gap between Functional Experts and IT- BI Experts.
2) Good Dimensional models with flexibility to enhance future requirements. Basically well thought out models expecting future rquirements.
3) Requirements understanding between data modelers, Data integrators and Reporting people.
4) Proper resource and project management.
5) User friendly, self-help oriented and designed for the users and not for IT experts.
6) Identify how the business needs fit into the current BI architecture.

What is your point?