The IT manager is often burdened with ad hoc report requests and solving organizational data challenges. These tasks take you away from important jobs like improving the business by adding or upgrading systems or driving efficiencies with your tech stack.
Data volumes are doubling in size every two years. Next year, a mid-market business will create and copy 44 zettabytes or 44 trillion gigabytes of data annually. More data equals more headaches for the IT manager. But it doesn't have to be that way.
So how does BI help IT departments? And more importantly, how can IT managers slash reporting times through BI software?
When IT are generating reports for management, you may often be asked for more information because what is presented doesn't include all the necessary information. Industry specific BI solutions enable businesses to draw data from your ERP, and other data sources, into a single interface so all the key data is included.
A BI tool will provide interactive dashboards that proxy as the new reports and executives can answer their own questions by drilling down into the chart or data sheet.
IT may need to be involved in the implementation of the dashboard when users decide what elements of the business they want included but it means a lighter BI workload for IT moving forward.
BI software assists users with informed decision making - producing information that is consistent and reliable but also information that can be aggregated and compared across different regions.
BI tools also allow users to generate their own reports which can eliminate, or greatly reduce time spent on simple report creation and opens resources for more advanced analysis efforts.
BI software can benefit the IT team in the following ways:
- shifts the constant demand for information and reports away from the IT department
- introduces on-demand business intelligence for users to access a consolidated and accurate view of business data
- IT can choose to allow and restrict access to data at all levels. IT can also manage data sources, dashboards and software features
- resourcing. Self-service reporting reduces the need for business analysts and consultants.
Phocas BI for IT
Phocas is self-service business intelligence software that is IT governed. It consolidates relevant organizational data sources into data analytics solutions designed for everyone from the CEO to sales reps.
Phocas enables decisions makers and staff to have one version of the truth. Introducing self-service significantly reduces the expectation on IT to produce and/or alter cumbersome reports to satisfy business needs. IT still gets to maintain the flow and restriction of the data - ensuring that staff only access data that is relevant to them.
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