Business Intelligence Competency Centers: A Team Approach to Maximizing Competitive Advantage by Gloria J. Miller, Dagmar Bräutigam, Stefanie V. Gerlach et. al. (ISBN 0-470-04447-0) was released by SAS and Wiley in May 2006. According to Amazon, I purchased it on August 31, 2007. So as you can see, it’s taken me some time to get around to publishing a book review.
The term “Business Intelligence Competency Center” or BICC is still in fashion after Gartner started using it nearly a decade ago. Some organizations use the term “Center of Excellence”. Still others coin their own acronyms that no other organizations use, just to feel special. But amidst a sea of business intelligence and analytics books, this is the only one that exclusively tackles the creation of a BICC.
While not completely free of “SAS is the best business intelligence tool EVER” bias, the book is surprisingly vendor agnostic. The book, while cohesive, is a collection of white papers, as each chapter has its own set of authors. The chapters include:
- Introduction (What is a Business Intelligence Competency Center)
- Business Intelligence in the Organization
- Primary Functions of the Business Intelligence Competency Center
- Planning a Business Intelligence Competency Center: Using the Information Evolution Model
- Human Capital
- Knowledge Processes
- Setting Up and Ensuring Ongoing Support
- Cases from the Field
- Ten Recommendations for a Highly Effective Business Intelligence Competency Center
Business Intelligence is defined as getting the right information to the right people at the right time.
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