BI Supporting Information: Need presentation fodder?
I love to read and when I’m researching a subject, I go through books like a kid in a candy store. Recently I started reading some of the general Business Intelligence books. What I find is that you need these books when you are preparing presentations or sometimes just to have read the same information your client or boss has. Here’s 2 books and some websites that I read recently and found to be useful sources.
Cindi Howson (BI Scorecard Site) did an excellent job providing an overview of business intelligence from technology, implementation, and even promoting the application. She has a clear understanding of the IT role in business intelligence. There is some in-grown distrust of IT projects – so she has very practical advise about making your BI project successful. One note that I completely agree with her is the need to train not only on the tool, but also on the data. Once the new BI user can see the data they need/want – Bam!
Also I appreciated all of her artwork; it helped me think of new ways to present concepts. Here’s an example from her book – however I doubt if I’ll be able to make it so pretty. (Tell Santa I want professional drawing abilities for Christmas.)
Larissa T. Moss and Shaku Atre provide very practical advise on rolling out a BI project. I like this book because it covers the project implementation from different viewpoints … for instance it describes the chapters that would be most applicable to various team roles: business representatives, business sponsors, technicians, and project managers. Here’s a few clips from the book so you can see how they intended for the book to be used.
Here’s some good websites with general business intelligence reference information:
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