BI tools range from software which enables query, reporting and analysis (OLAP) of data; over progress tracking by evaluating actual numbers with target numbers through scorecards; to displaying a multitude of complex information in an integrated, but easy to understand visually rich manner through dashboards enabling executive information insight at a glance.
We have in-depth experience and certified consultants for each of the industry-leading BI software suites, such as IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, SAP Business Objects, Microsoft Business Intelligence and Qlik.
Setting up your BI environment in the most effective way, ranging from the initial architectural setup, through a state-of-the-art business metadata layer definition, a flexible security setup, and finally the right reports, analyses, dashboards and scorecards.
There may be many potential causes for non-functioning BI system like inappropriate tooling for a certain public, security issues, performance drains, incorrect setup of the metadata layers, inefficiently created reports. By executing a BI assessment on your environment, based on an exhaustive checklist, all relevant causes can be detected and actioned for improvements.
At UpstreamGlobal Services, we master a wide range of different BI technologies, for which we can provide on-site trainings and workshops, ranging from overview sessions providing a helicopter view on the full scale of BI related tools offered by one particular vendor, to in-depth training on certain specific BI-modules.
We provide “Elementary” for BI software selection. This is a unique approach towards choosing the appropriate BI tools for your organization. It starts off by interviewing the key users and understanding their requirements and their corresponding priorities – not from an information point of view but more from a BI capabilities’ perspective. Previous experiences with these kinds of tools are also taken into account here. Based on these requirements, combined with research from leading third-party industry analysts, a list of BI vendors and their tools can be established, based on some selection criteria like a Gartner Magic Quadrant or also including smaller players like Qlikview, Pentaho, Infor etc. Hereafter, each vendor will be invited to give a detailed demonstration about their products. A proof of concept might complete the evaluation. Throughout the entire process, a detailed evaluation matrix is used for scoring the different tools, from different angles. Finally, a well-structured deliverable is established presenting all vendors, a description of their products, major strengths & weaknesses, their future strategy, and a final recommendation.