** This guest post was written by Estelle Nicholson. Learn more about Estelle in the author bio at the end of this post. **
When starting a BI project, your first step should be taking a quick look at existing initiatives and the overall culture and support for BI. Understand the “4 Ps” of “people, products, power and pilot” before you launch:
- Assess what you already have. Who are the people currently doing business intelligence activities? What roles could they play in a more formalized BI setting? Data experts, analysts, data set owners and compilers – all are key resources for requirements gathering and power use.
- What products and tools are people already using? Large data repositories, analytical software, spreadsheets, custom-built systems?
- Check your sponsorship or the power behind the mandate or the initiative.
- Engage influencers in a pilot early to demonstrate the capabilities of the tool(s) you’re implementing and build support.