Are Indian enterprises ready for BI?
Today, storage requirements are enormous and information
overload is a concern. Organisations need to extract intelligence from stored
data. Business Intelligence (BI) maybe be a solution but are Indian organisations
ready for it? CIOs raised their concerns at an interactive event Enterprise
Intelligence PlatformThe backbone for BI held by Express Computer
and SAS India on December 8, 2004.
The panel had a mix of IT heads from industry verticals and
industry analysts. The panellists spoke about their experiences with BI. The
panel members were:
- Anil Nadkarni Head IT, Thomas Cook
- L Sundarajjan Senior Vice President, Corporate Information
Technology, Aditya Birla Management Corporation,
- R P Singh Executive Director, Integrated Information
- Alok Shende Head IT Practices, Frost and Sullivan,
and Phillip Beniac of SAS.
The sessions were moderated by Val Souza, the Consulting Editor of Express Computer
Delivering the keynote, Jim Davis, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, SAS
Institute spoke about BI's relevance to Indian enterprises. Anil Nadkarni spoke
about the importance of accurate data capture for effective BI analysis. R P
Singh illustrated the immense benefits his organisation gained by deploying
BI tools that let it gauge the extent to which its employees flew across the
country. So high was the usage that the company managed to negotiate a 5 percent
discount from the concerned airlines. This alone helped rapidly recover the
cost of deploying BI tools.
"As data gets standardised and evaluated for its quality, BI can prove
to be crucial in extracting intelligence," said Alok Shende, head, IT Practices,
Frost and Sullivan.
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