A vendor-sponsored study has found that most companies believe they fail to make the best use of their business intelligence infrastructure.
The research conducted on behalf of BI-software maker Noetix also found that if corporations had the tools to do return on investment studies more efficiently, then it would be easier to get BI projects approved, justify the cost of hardware and software and support the rollout of BI applications to a larger number of employees.
In conducting the survey, Unisphere Research found several reasons why companies believed they were not making the most out of their BI infrastructure. A lack of training was the biggest obstacle, followed by limited staffing resources.
In addition, custom reports were difficult to create, drawing on two to 10 data sources and typically taking several hours to up to five days to build. IT staffs create most BI reports, followed by business analysts.
The study also found a general dissatisfaction with BI technology among all user groups, particularly among IT staff. Only 46 percent of IT respondents were satisfied with their organization's BI infrastructure. Finally, the idea that BI software can create more work was also listed as a reason why corporations failed to take full advantage of the technology.
Source: Intelligent Enterprise, http://intelligententerprise.com
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