How to build an end to end BI solution
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You need to start with a plan or a “BI Strategy”. Consider your BI strategy as a roadmap; It should chart out the optimal route you need to take to get your data management solution from its current state to the vision you have for it. Here’s what you need to consider:
MAP DATA SOURCES
Mapping data sources is the process of selecting the sources of your data and filtering the relevant data from each source. In order to map the data required, consider the following inputs - Existing reports, management requests, industry standard KPI’s and of course your vision!
At this point it is advantageous to start from the end-goal and ask yourself: Ultimately, what reports should my BI be able to supply?
Layer that manages the ‘Extract Transform Load’ Processes.
Can be implemented based either on Scripts (Custom Code) or based on an ETL Tool. Some of the common functions that this layer performs are:
There are several crucial criteria of selecting the right database to serve as the DWH. It should load data from the source files in the required velocity, store it in an optimized manner and serve various queries from the BI tool and from any other query you plan to use.
The work should be done in cycles and phases. Load the first batch of the source data as soon as it is ready. Don't wait until all the ETL work has been fully completed.
CHOOSING A BI TOOL
The BI reporting tool will be the face of the entire BI solution, Serving dashboards, data visualizations and client facing reports. Here are the issues to consider when choosing a reporting tool.
DESIGNING DASHBOARDS AND REPORTS
Creating dashboards, reports and analytics might quickly become more complex than initially anticipated. Below are the main points to consider.
BI teams differ between organizations in both size and internal composition.
Creating a full stack business analytics solution for your company is a process that requires careful planning and meticulous execution. This infographic walks you through the tasks you will need to tackle on the way, from formulating a strategy to hiring the right team. Keep this cheat-sheet handy to refer to as needed.