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Lean business intelligence means getting the most from your processes and implementations. Emerging tools have made an agile approach easier, but there is plenty of work to be done in terms of refining enterprise BI methods. Here are five best practices to make sure you're on the right path.
1. Reiterate and Review for Customer Value
Value is defined as meeting or exceeding the customer needs at a specific cost at a specific time and can only be defined by the customer. Otherwise, youre just consuming resources. For a better idea of customer value, analyze a value chain of BI and data prospects. Question all of the steps along this value chain for sources of improvement. Look for short-term improvements via rapid iterations, integrated testing and prototyping; long-term efficiencies include implementation of development standards, common processes and procedures, feedback loops, and business-driven metadata repositories.