Well managed BI comes from the development, establishment, and improvement of best practices. A best practice is sometimes defined as "a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark."
But a best practice should not be written in stone. Best practices need to be reviewed constantly. Sooner or later, unquestioned best practices just become "the way we've always done things around here."
If we want to achieve progressive business intelligence, we need to go beyond the best practices to examine the processes by which they are developed, established, and improved. The APOS BI Capability Maturity Model (APOS CMM) provides a simple means of understanding how advanced your organization is in its BI practices.
The APOS CMM has three levels:
Your organization's capability maturity level is determined by where your resources spend the majority of their time.
The best practices you establish in your quest for well managed BI will be particular to your enterprise, but here are some simple guidelines you can follow:
You will know you have well managed BI when:
The APOS Well Managed BI integrated solution set has the tools you need to evolve your SAP BusinessObjects best practices.
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