The IT Governance process worked very well for individual projects or initiatives, but it did not focus on making sure particular programs, such as Business Intelligence, were successful across the Enterprise. In order to close this gap, leading-edge companies decided to take the Governance concept down a level and focus entirely on the programs, thus giving born to the BI Governance concept. Some of these organizations defined BI Governance as the process they followed to prioritize BI requests along different criteria such as: Project ROI, Organizational Budget, Expertise of the team, People Availability, Infrastructure capacity and Organizational Politics.
This article will focus on defining BI governance, and detailing a good BI Governance process must go beyond the basics of approving and prioritizing initiatives.
DEFINING BI GOVERNANCE
a) As a resource rationalization exercise. This is the traditional definition of BI Governance, a prioritization mechanism by which projects can be approved, rejected and sequenced based on specific criteria. Many companies today have some kind of process to prioritize BI requests; however most of them still rely on subjective factors to determine how a project should move forward.