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Stage 2 - Descriptive

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What is stage 2?


You’re in the early stages of embracing Business Intelligence (BI) technology, which has made generating insights easier than ever before.

BI tools are used to report on activity and drill-down into what has happened in particular areas of the business.

What started as one individual adopting BI may have cascaded into a small group of users – even spreading to other departments across the organisation. Nevertheless, at this stage, there are few technology standards in place and little to no collaboration between different departments. This means that data consistency may still be an issue that needs addressing.

What's the problem?


  • No defined processes or standards in place, leading to inconsistent and soiled data
  • Lack of data quality means that it’s difficult to get optimum results from the BI technologies in place
  • Limited BI knowledge and skills across the business, so you may not be maximising your investment
  • “Business silos are still an issue that arise out of lack of coordination across the business
  • Still manually manipulating data from multiple systems due to lack of data integration and preparation tools

Current situation: Lack BI of standards

Inconsistency is the main issue that needs to be solved at this stage. The lack of BI standards within your organisation can result in workplace “silos” can becoming even more apparent than ever.

What's next?


There are three boxes you must tick in order to progress:

Establish a BI tool and offer basic training – Your users are able to fully utilise the new technologies.

Step away from one off reports and instead build reports with meaning - This won’t fix the issue of data silos, but it will allow you to generate more insight to guide your business decisions.

Manipulate data outside of source systems to build more sophisticated reports – Taking more time with your data will uphold its quality and allow it to be put to better use, while combining data from different sources will enable you to gain richer insights.

The tools

So now you’re dabbling in Business Intelligence, let’s get you started in planning analytics to make the most of this insight – here are some of the tools you’ll need to get to the next stage.

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IBM Planning Analytics

An enterprise planning software platform, previously known as IBM TM1, that automates your planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis processes. It can transform your entire planning cycle by giving you complete visibility, and gives you the freedom to plan with confidence.

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Financial Workforce Planning

FWP does the hard work so you don’t have to – providing a single, automated platform for planning your people costs that allows you to determine how your financial decisions could affect your business even at the individual level, meaning that you always know where you stand.

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Data Warehousing

Collect and connect to any data in real time. Our next-generation data warehouse solutions offer a unique, modern interface, guaranteed high-performance, simplicity and incredible flexibility, allowing you to leverage huge amounts of data – live and in the moment.

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Services

When it comes to market-leading BI tools, we truly know what we’re talking about. Whether you need technical support, training or guidance on the next step of your data strategy, our team can help you get the insights that add the real value.

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IBM Planning Analytics

An enterprise planning software platform, previously known as IBM TM1, that automates your planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis processes. It can transform your entire planning cycle by giving you complete visibility, and gives you the freedom to plan with confidence.

Let's talk

Financial Workforce Planning

FWP does the hard work so you don’t have to – providing a single, automated platform for planning your people costs that allows you to determine how your financial decisions could affect your business even at the individual level, meaning that you always know where you stand.

Let's talk

Data Warehousing

Collect and connect to any data in real time. Our next-generation data warehouse solutions offer a unique, modern interface, guaranteed high-performance, simplicity and incredible flexibility, allowing you to leverage huge amounts of data – live and in the moment.

Let's talk

Services

When it comes to market-leading BI tools, we truly know what we’re talking about. Whether you need technical support, training or guidance on the next step of your data strategy, our team can help you get the insights that add the real value.

Let's talk

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SAP Analytics Cloud

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