Whitepaper

Selecting a BI Solution

Author
Marc Rueter, Senior Director of Technology and Strategy - Tableau Software

What Every IT Pro Should Know

Business users and organizations need the ability to quickly analyze their data to identify issues, causes and opportunities for improvement. Once these analyses are identified, they need to be monitored and distributed often to others. With traditional business intelligence (BI), creating and maintaining effective and understandable analyses can take months to define and develop and require expensive resources to maintain.

In response, a new BI term has emerged: Operational Business Intelligence. It promises to empower everyone within an organization to make day-to-day decisions by using better analysis of sales and marketing trends, customer interactions, manufacturing plans, inventories and other areas of the business.

Seven major requirements businesses need to consider when evaluating this generation of BI:

  1. Plug and Play: Leverage existing data stores and infrastructure
  2. Help the business user see the answer faster
  3. Provide the ability to rapidly analyze and problem-solve – not just report
  4. Any Data, Any Time: Access data that IT doesn’t have
  5. Self Service: Enable the business user to create new reports and views without IT
  6. Collaboration: Deliver means for sharing and updating analyses and findings in real time
  7. Require no training to start and only minimal training of sophisticated business users

Operational BI promises to be a core part of the answer but only when it meets the 7 key requirements of business users. Tableau allows companies to leverage their data assets in unprecedented ways.

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About The Author

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Marc Rueter

Senior Director of Technology and Strategy - Tableau Software

Marc Rueter is Tableau Software’s Senior Director of Technology and Strategy. Prior to Tableau, he held positions at MicroStrategy and Siebel Systems. At Siebel, he led a team that developed successful applications for retailers. Marc plays an instrumental role in Tableau’s product development, providing critical input based on his experience helping clients with large projects. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer for SQLServer. Marc holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Washington.