Is BI and analytics enterprise adoption a question of culture?


Garnering a unique, identifiable culture is something that all businesses will attempt at some point. Externally, it can give customers a better idea of the overarching ideals and values of the company, while providing employees with a collective mentality to buy into.

While culture is often seen as a grand term that applies to every aspect of an organisation, it can essentially be compartmentalised. Doing so in the IT department may even lead to better outcomes with business intelligence (BI) and analytics.

Finding the right tools

Many businesses focus on finding the right software. Naturally, this is a sound first step, especially as the role data plays in strategic planning practices is ever growing. However, the biggest gains can be captured by creating a wider workforce that not only has the best tools, but understands how to use them effectively.

“A successful advanced analytics strategy is about more than simply acquiring the right tools. It’s also important to change mindsets and culture, and to be creative in search of success,” explained research director at Gartner Lisa Kart.

Tech issues will always present themselves to organisations looking to implement new digital practices, but they are much easier to overcome if cultural barriers are removed from the outset.

More understanding, more power

ComputerWorld explained that as time progresses, those companies that can weave BI and analytics into the core of their ideals will likely find the most success. In the simplest terms, the most progressive organisations will get all of their people to understand the power of data.

It’s not enough for only leaders to have an eye on information anymore. In today’s workplace, there are myriad roles that can be helped by data, providing those within those positions are given an overview of what the company is trying to achieve through BI and analytics.