In today’s fast-paced working environment, long drawn out system implementations are a constant frustration, especially when the results of those implementations are needed quickly. In the context of this fast-paced landscape of continually evolving software, many companies are too scared to start projects.
We have seen many BI project plans either start and fail or start and falter. That is mainly due to the gap that exists between Business and IT, which often results in misunderstandings on what is required (IT lack business and finance knowledge) and what is feasible in specific IT tools (Business lack the IT technical know-how). Many times, these misunderstandings are only realized towards the end of the development phase, once the results are visible. Of course, this is just too late to recognize that the requirements were misunderstood and would not be delivered.
The solution to this problem exists in agile projects and solutions, delivered in an iterative approach, together with having a project team that can bridge the gap between Business and IT. It ensures that the requirements are fully understood and are technically feasible within the selected product before the development begins. Once the project is underway, the development must focus on an agile and iterative deployment to the project team, which delivers ongoing value going forward. The selected IT platform plays a massive role here, it’s vital to choose an IT tool which can cope with this agility, in the past few years the landscape of BI solutions has changed massively. IT-driven reporting platforms are a thing of the past, and now we see the evolution of key players in the market such as Microsoft and Qlik, tools which are more straightforward to deploy than products such as SAP.
At Sereviso, through extensive experience, both through internal and external roles, we have created our own implementation methodology, which guarantees results after only six weeks. We call this “Rapid Deployment Business Intelligence.”
Through Rapid Deployment, we give our customers a prototype of a Business Intelligence tool, which enables them to see what, is possible in a tool, and quickly delivers value, without undertaking a significant investment. We believe that in reporting projects, many users do not know precisely what they want until they see an example. Through our approach and experience, we are able to provide the users with quick clear examples. We also believe that in reporting projects, the appetite comes with eating, once there is a good understanding and feeling with the prototype, the project quickly takes off from there.
The partners at Sereviso are industry specialists, mainly from a CFO background, which enables us to advise customers also on their reporting frameworks, such as KPI definition, value drivers, and performance dashboards. Through our experience, we have also built standardized modules, (such as our Accounts Receivable module, which sits on top of SAP) which helps further speed up the implementation process.