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Agile BI Development: Meet User Demand, Beat IT Complexity

Thomas Wailgum | April 26, 2010
BI remains atop business managers' wish lists and, not coincidentally, on IT's to-do list. The demand for BI and analytic tools is unlikely to abate any time soon.

"Mostly, Agile BI is no different than any Agile development methodology that calls for incrementally delivering products versus a big-bang approach; for rapid prototypes versus specifications; for reacting versus planning; and for personal interactions with business users versus documentation," Evelson writes. "The Agile BI methodology differs from other Agile approaches in that it requires new and different technologies and architectures for support. Metadata-generated BI applications are one such example of a new technology supporting Agile BI."

Companies that want to transition to an Agile BI strategy will need to start small and apply it to targeted business cases, he writes. Vendor management is also going to be critical in this relatively new IT discipline.

Evelson is resolute on the methodology's future: "Agile BI is clearly here to stay and succeed, since most traditional, non-Agile BI platforms and applications will be increasingly challenged to keep pace with a world moving at lightning speed."


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