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The Information-Money Equation

It is a known fact that Business Intelligence (BI) initiatives require a good amount of investment and time by the business. But organizations need to drive these initiatives not with a "cost" mindset but instead with a "profit" mindset.

The money invested in BI initiatives is meant to generate actionable information for timely decision making. It pays to note here that this actionable information can generate money many times over for the business.

The success of the BI…


Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on April 23, 2014 at 3:47am — 2 Comments

Anemic Adoption still ailing BI

Here is an excerpt from a TDWI article - "The Year in BI and Data Warehousing" - that was published in December 2013.

"One of the things that ailed BI in 1993 and 2003 is the same thing that ails BI today: i.e., anemic adoption. This is in spite of the fact that today's BI tools incorporate a staggering array of "self-service" features, along with (often…


Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on April 8, 2014 at 2:23am — 1 Comment

Usability & Usefulness - the twin virtues of any powerful analytical application

It is now a given that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for organizations to survive without 'Business intelligence' (BI) i.e., Analytic applications that help in decision making by providing the right actionable information to the right people in the management at the right time.

For any analytical application to be powerful enough to provide decision support, it has to be both useful and usable. Usability requires that the application be easy to…


Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 7, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Newton's Laws of Motion and its relevance to Business Intelligence (BI)


Hi there! If you are perplexed by the title of this blog article, I wouldn't be surprised. I am sure you would be muttering under your breath "What on earth have Newton’s Laws of Motion got to do with Business Intelligence (BI)?"

Before I quench your curiosity to know more, let me for the benefit of everyone state here the three Laws of Motion as discovered by Sir Isaac Newton.

Law I: (1)

Every body persists in its state of being at rest…


Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on September 19, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Think Top Down, Build Bottom Up

by Kesavan,H.

When an organization kick-starts a Business Intelligence (BI) initiative, it should start TOP-DOWN by identifying a business sponsor first. This business sponsor is none other than the CEO himself. The drive for such an initiative has to come from the top. An IT head such as a CIO sponsoring the initiative may not take it very far and most often the initiative might end up getting abandoned or the BI system, even if implemented, might not find any… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 30, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Time Value of Data

by Kesavan, H.

We have all heard of time value of money. What could this "time value of data" mean?

All organizations these days are sitting on mountains of data and struggling to make sense of this data avalanche. In their desire to stay competitive, these organizations tend to store as much data as they can, for a 'rainy' day as they say, for they do not know which data would be useful when.

Notwithstanding this sad state of affairs in organizations,… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 30, 2009 at 1:35am — 1 Comment

MECE Approach to Business Intelligence (BI) initiative

by Kesavan, H.

"MECE" stands for "Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive". I am sure you must have guessed by now where that term comes from. If you said "Mckinsey", bingo! You can pat yourself on your back.

MECE is an approach that Mckinsey consultants religiously follow to find professional solutions to all their client problems. Given a problem statement, MECE addresses the problem by listing at the top level all issues making up that problem. Once the list… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 23, 2009 at 6:04am — No Comments

Common Sense approach to Consulting

by Kesavan,H

As consultants, we are expected to provide solutions to problems by application of (i)methodical approach to business analysis (ii)experience gained earlier from the same industry and (iii) the knowledge of industry best practices documented across the enterprise. It is a given that big Consulting companies recruit some of the best talent available around them and they also have a rich knowledge base that can be harvested for any new projects. Despite these… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 16, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Closing the loop in BI

by Kesavan,H.

The significance of Business Intelligence (BI) has gained lot of currency over the last few years and lots of companies have jumped onto the BI bandwagon in the hope of finding the proverbial needle - namely, "actionable intelligence" - in the haystack of "data".

With a deluge of data confronting the companies nowadays, people at all levels of an enterprise have started realizing that implementing a BI system is more a necessity than a luxury. But… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on March 16, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Value of BI in times of Recession


1. Article: 'Value of BI in a weak economy' from

2. LogiXML Whitepaper: 'BI in Recession: How to Gain Market Share' from

Value of BI in times of Recession

On Monday December 1, 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the economy has been in retreat for a year, namely since December 2007, when mass selling on Wall… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on January 27, 2009 at 12:58am — No Comments

Enabling Corporate Governance using BI


1. "Sarbanes-Oxley Act" -

2. 'Intro to Compliance - Sarbanels Oxley & your EDW' from

3. 'Gauging your BI Maturity for SOX Compliance' from

Enabling Corporate Governance using BI

In this article, we shall explore… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on January 27, 2009 at 12:53am — No Comments

Agile Business Intelligence

Agile Business Intelligence (BI):

by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian

The aim of any Business Intelligence (BI) initiative is to help an organization to review its business, its competition and its external environment from time to time and take more smarter and faster decisions not only for survival and sustenance but also to stay one step ahead of its competition. Or in other words, BI serves to keep an organization agile and vigilant at the same… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on January 23, 2009 at 3:34am — 2 Comments

A case for Business Intelligence in Aviation

How are low-cost airlines faring in India today? "Low-cost" airlines? Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron? Yes it is, indeed. Low cost airlines are practically non-existent nowadays. It's been five years since the launch of so-called low cost airlines but today it is literally bleeding to death. Darwinism has propelled the airlines to its next stage in evolution. Value carrier is the in-thing now.

Go-Air, which was till recently, a low-cost carrier offering fares in the range… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on November 7, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Applying Wisdom of Alexander the Great to Business Intelligence

The title at first glance might beg the question "What does Alexander have to do with Business Intelligence?", which is quite a natural reaction. But what is unnatural and invisible to many is the perspicacity that one can derive from the wisdom of Alexander to solve problems, not necessarily problems in BI implementation alone, but any problem for that matter.

The discussion here, though, shall be focused on the application of leadership process of Alexander to successful management… Continue

Added by Kesavan Hariharasubramanian on November 7, 2008 at 3:49am — 1 Comment

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