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Oracle Business Intelligence

A Guide to Growth and Maturity

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Oracle Business Intelligence – A Guide to Growth and Maturity

It’s time for organizations to mature, especially when it comes to the use of Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) in conjunction with Oracle JD Edwards. In this article, we focus on the development cycle.

Organization Maturity

Like individuals, organizations go through different stages regardless of their size. From inception to maturity, they undergo a journey of growth and development.

Automation is a crucial tool on this journey, even for smaller organizations. Processes are standardized, and automation contributes to efficiency and effectiveness.

Oracle Business Intelligence can add value by enabling proactive monitoring and exception management.

However, it’s important to realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s an illusion to implement Oracle Business Intelligence quickly and use it immediately as a comprehensive solution.

This takes time and patience. Organizations need to give themselves the time to grow. Implementation and acceptance of this system also require time, often scarce in day-to-day operations.

Moreover, the deployment of this system will initially require extra effort rather than saving time, as it can highlight potential issues, especially in terms of data quality and process optimization.

Small Steps, Big Results

Oracle Business Intelligence provides a wealth of operational, tactical, and strategic steering information.

However, if this information is presented to the organization all at once, it can be overwhelming.

There must be organizational support to effectively leverage this information. The keyword here is “small development cycles.”

This concept applies regardless of the specific Oracle Business Intelligence solution being implemented, such as Oracle Business Intelligence Applications for JD Edwards Finance. Even in this case, a phased approach can be followed.

For example, within Finance, the focus can be on specific analyses, such as Days Outstanding. By first leveraging this limited set of information, its acceptance in the organization can be facilitated, serving as the starting point for a larger whole.

A Proof of Concept can also be a good start, as long as it is not too broadly scoped. An example of this is margin reporting, where an analysis of revenue and profit per period per business unit can start as a limited application.

The secret lies in starting with small, manageable areas and putting them into production. As these areas prove their value, reporting, analysis, and dashboards can be expanded and refined, but this should be done gradually.

Grow into Maturity

Oracle Business Intelligence goes hand in hand with the growth of your organization. While initially replacing mainly historical operational reports, it evolves into a tactical and strategic instrument with predictive capabilities.

This maturity process is similar to that of the organization itself.

ICT Maturity

The implementation of Oracle JD Edwards as an ERP system is already a challenge, taking about three years to mature in the organization.

Implementations of Oracle Business Intelligence have similar development times.

When an organization already has experience with Oracle JD Edwards, many teething problems, security issues, and data problems have already been addressed.

This provides a significant advantage in the implementation of Oracle Business Intelligence, whether it is Oracle Business Intelligence Applications or Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

Often, implementations of Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle JD Edwards are carried out simultaneously, which can be a challenge.

Good coordination between both projects is crucial, as the definitions in Oracle BI depend on the choices made within Oracle JD Edwards.

Testing and Acceptance – a Continuous Cycle

As Oracle BI is deployed with real business data, the system quickly begins to provide valuable insights and assess the quality of the data.

Oracle BI will not only improve business processes but also optimize administrative processes.

It is essential to remain critical regarding the data. Even a well-functioning analysis can show incorrect data if there are issues with the data in operations or registration.

When testing and accepting Oracle BI, aspects such as data integrity and reliability must be taken into account.

It is vital to ensure that every analysis, dimension, and fact are correct, complete, and consistent.

Conclusion

Oracle Business Intelligence is a powerful tool for organizations, but it requires patience and a structured approach. By starting with small development cycles, you can accelerate acceptance and value creation in your organization. Let your organization grow and mature, making the most of the opportunities that Oracle Business Intelligence has to offer.

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