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SPTECHCON Review

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 3/11/2013

(From the mind of Peter Serzo, Previously VP of Consulting Services at High Monkey)

Last week I gave 4 sessions:

  1. Creating Dynamic Interactive Reports using Power View
  2. SQL 2012 - Why it is so important to SharePoint
  3. The Magic Revealed Four real world examples using the Client Object Model
  4. BI Tutorial - All day session

I am going to start with the Business Intelligence Tutorial.  The way I structured this all day session is coming into a client's office and from hour 1 through a delivered solution.  You will not find the exact methodology below anywhere else, this is from me via working on many engagements.



Notice the first box, determining the Business Problem.  What I find is that many customers bring in a consultant or bring their technical folks in because they have a technical solution in mind.

What I like to do is refocus the customer on their business pain point.  Then after hearing that I move onto the next step which is showing the appropriate tools.  This has to be managed.  It is easy to go off on a technology tangent.

The third step is to ask the right questions.  For this I have created the following triangle:



I have boiled down the players to three:

  1. Infrastructure - This is the IT team
  2. Knowledge Worker - This is the super users and end users, business analysts
  3. Solution - This is the business stakeholders and management questions

Step 4 is the decision point.  Only after the first three points do you have enough information and the client has enough information to make an informed decision.  This is extremely collaborative.

Step 5 is Configuring the tool(s).

Step 6 is now utilizing the tools.  Create the solution.

Step 7 is when you can implement the solution.

Step 8 is iterating through the solution, adjusting, and debugging.  You want to ensure what you implement is what your client/boss has asked.

Step 9 is talking about the future.  The future should be in two parts.  Where your customer wants to go - their roadmap.  The second part is being knowledgeable about Microsoft's roadmap.

There you have it.  A methodology on getting BI implemented successfully in your organization.  At High Monkey we are more than willing to deliver this to your organization.  Please contact us and we can determine the best way to accomplish this.

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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