It is not uncommon to the BI system’s life-cycle to have its beginning in a continuously improved and automated spreadsheet. Had it not been for the system’s manageability, the migration to a data warehousing solution would not have occurred. Though natural, the bottom-up driven approach of an analytical system development is far from ideal. Uncontrolled data redundancy and many independently set up reporting areas may turn out to become a limitation for multi-organizational enterprises.
The lack of a unified view of data severely reduces the possibility of enterprise level data reconciliation and comparison.
The worst case scenario which takes into account the aforementioned issues is that the cost of retrieving, evaluating and formatting data will be higher than the value of the information itself. Since a consistent reporting platform is not in place gathering data is an expensive process and does not guarantee that reliable results will be obtained which one can base any managerial decisions on.
Furthermore, the improvement in flexibility and enhancement of the analytical system is very limited as well. Consequences of considering a corporate BI strategy are:
- Uncontrolled data flows and data redundancy,
- Co-existence of many ...