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Deloitte Consulting popularized the phrase insights-driven organization (IDO). Essentially, this refers to companies that have meaningfully embedded data, analytics, and BI capabilities into the company’s decision-making process. What this also means is that BI and analytics must be accessible to decision-makers across the whole organization, including middle management leaders and functional heads. It must not become a tool for executive leaders, while department heads may not have access to sophisticated analytics or insights.
The leading market research firm Forrester published a report titled ‘The Future of Business Intelligence’. It highlights the need for companies to modernize their BI and analytics capabilities, to truly become an IDO. Specifically, it focuses on how analytics must go beyond just churning out data signals from data, charts, dashboards, etc. It must help a user cull out insights as efficiently and effectively as possible, and use that information to plan the next steps.
The key, according to Forrester, is to pursue a BI roadmap that delivers “actionable, personalized, adaptive, and pervasive” business intelligence. And, legacy BI with its dashboards-oriented approach to capturing data signals is certainly not enough.
Why is legacy BI dead?
The biggest problem with legacy BI tools is that there is a disconnect between insights, decisions, and actions. Let’s explain this with an example.
One of our customers was using Oracle EBS for its ERP workflow. It was looking for a reporting and analytics tool that could provide deeper insights across functions as well as a partner who could provide end-to-end management of its reporting infrastructure. But, it was not only about insights but also about making sure insights got converted into on-ground operational actions.
With the legacy BI tool the company was using, it was difficult for department heads to make decisions on product mix, inventory management, forecast demand, and use predictive analytics to improve marketing campaigns.
The biggest challenge: while there was data available for business users, it lacked context. The need of the hour is context-aware BI tools, and legacy tools are not able to deliver this.
The company needed a better solution. It needed a BI solution that truly empowered business users across manufacturing, retailing, finance, and marketing. Sure, users across these teams wanted better data visualization, charts, and dashboards.
But what they really wanted was personalized and actionable insights, which could help them go from “data-to-insight-to-action” as quickly as possible.
What a Modern BI tool like Orbit can do?
The business team at the customer was able to use the self-service and visualization capabilities of the Orbit BI tool to create dashboards and do a deep analysis of their end-to-end operations like:
Also, for this customer, it made sense to outsource the entire process of managing reporting and analytics to a single partner like Orbit. This enabled them to focus on their core business, while simultaneously garnering insights from analytics without having to worry about the nitty-gritty of it. They took advantage of Orbit’s Managed Services business model to make this happen.
In fact, we’ve written down the mission of Orbit in as much detail:
“Our singular vision is to help organizations be resilient by providing technology to make data-driven decisions, and our consuming passion is in designing and building zero-coding self-service applications.”
We believe the following are the key traits of a truly modern BI platform:
Orbit’s Business Intelligence solution brings to the fore the following key features and capabilities:
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