An important element that was not present in BI Governance before was the Enterprise Architecture representative; it is the responsibility of the Enterprise Architect to define how the BI architecture will fit within the Enterprise. These decisions might materially impact the cost and performance of BI initiatives; furthermore if the Enterprise Architect is not aligned he/she can delay the implementation of a project to the point of affecting the business value of the project.
Training is another key role that traditionally has been bounced between IT and the Business, in the past nobody wanted to take ownership of training as it implied a significant invest in time to prepare the material and probably even more to teach it. As the organization evolves, developing the training material and training the trainer is starting to become IT’s responsibility, while the business areas provide end trainers who then train the end users.
IMPLEMENTING BI GOVERNANCE, WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Once the stakeholders are identified and executive sponsorship is present it will be the time to bring the people together. A mission statement and specific strategies/goals will have to be crafted and approved during the first session. During this meeting sub-committees might be defined to discuss specific topics that do not require getting the whole group together. If possible, it is also suggested to schedule at least the next four meetings of the group so everyone knows the dates and commits to them.
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