Celtics vs. Lakers. Mac vs. PC. Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger. There’s nothing like a good rivalry, but when it comes to the long-term health of your business, it’s usually better to NOT have one department declaring war on another. Such has been the outcome with most BI projects, when determining who should drive the project between Finance and IT.
It’s easy to see why there has always been a clash of priorities between the two. Finance wants to access and analyze their data, how, when, and where they want it. But finance professionals haven’t always been the most tech-savvy group, which has only increase their dependence on the IT side of the fence.
From the IT side, any new BI tool can’t just be plugged into the enterprise systems and magically turned into a high-performance, user-friendly solution. Each project has to be vetted, tested, and built for specific organizational needs. It takes time. It takes valuable resources away from other projects. And in larger organizations, it can take an army to move these projects across the goal line.
While the two sides may not be BFFs anytime soon, much of the solution can be found with self-service BI tools. Boris Evelson, Forrester’s principal BI analyst, seems to agree. He states that “with all the modern, user-friendly BI tools, there’s absolutely no reason why Excel-savvy business users can’t create 80% of their own business reports and dashboards.”
Solver’s BI360 helps Finance and IT not merely to coexist, but to align their BI objectives and thrive. It’s an incredibly user-friendly, self-service business intelligence suite that can meet and exceed the demands of any complex, multi-departmental organization. And while it may not be as entertaining as a Tyson vs. Holyfield fight, it can certainly help your organization become more productive (and positive) with its next BI project. Learn more.

A recent article in Informationweek Software lists the top BI trends for 2013. I always enjoy reading these articles because inevitably I end up measuring our BI360 suite against these trends to see how we stack up. Pretty well, as it turns out:

1. Collaboration Goes Beyond Social: We certainly agree. Enterprise collaboration tools such as the BI360 Insight collaboration portal will become more valuable as organizations begin to realize the significant ROI that these solutions deliver.

2. Self-service BI gets real:
Here again, BI360 puts the power of BI into the hands of the end user. What’s more, Solver offers comprehensive support to educate and train end users to make sure self-service doesn’t mean do-it-yourself.

3. Dashboards will Evolve and Expand:
BI360 has an amazing dashboard interface that unifies all of your data into one, intuitive experience. Totally web-based, total visibility into your business.

4. Mobile BI Boosts BI Adoption:
This is a big next step for Solver and BI360 in 2013, and we can’t wait to roll it out!

5. Big Data Generates Big Interest:
Big data? We say “bring it!” Our data warehouse is a next-generation, pre-configured and customizable solution based on the world-leading Microsoft SQL Server platform… and it can handle just about anything.

6. Cloud Becomes Just Another Option:
Maybe so, but cloud-based reporting offers fast, secure, and flexible performance, with anytime, anywhere access to your reports. And, Solver’s BI360 integrates seamlessly with cloud data sources like Intacct, making it easy to enjoy the benefits of the cloud.

Here’s the article if you’d like to see how your current BI solution stacks up!