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Ralph Baxter

A key part of any hybrid BI development methodology is to get transparency over what the business is creating and running in operational spreadsheets. This is the melting pot from which most business needs will emerge. Armed with this knowledge one has much better chance of aligning the IT road map with business requirements.

Rick Sherman

Ralph, Great point & I agree with you.

In our consulting projects we always ask the business to review the spreadsheets that they use for reporting & analysis. We will also get their "new" business & data requirements for BI deliverable but the existing spreadsheets gives great insight (& detail) into what they need, what the gaps are and what they need to add.

Also, spreadsheets could be used (1) augment existing reports or perform follow-on analysis, (2) perform new analysis not offered by IT apps, (3) provide the superglue across data silos, or (4) be full-scale data shadow systems or spreadmarts.


BI Implementation

Yes Mr. Ralph, you are right that the Business Intelligence should have transparency as it matters. Nowadays the it is used worls wide by which BI Implementation is booming.

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