September Blog Series: Debunking Myths
Insights from: Understanding the Challenges of Business Intelligence: What You Should Know Before Deploying a BI Solution (Whitepaper by Gina Pabalan)
Business Intelligence (BI) is a natural extension of enterprise resource planning (ERP), and ERP is the transactional backbone and necessary foundation of BI. The implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX requires significant investment of time and resources and companies are looking to maximize the return on that investment. Companies want to leverage the BI tools and technologies delivered within Dynamics AX to help better manage their business, both tactically and strategically. So, it is important to understand what is distinctly involved in BI.
The Business Intelligence Technology Stack
This seven-layer pyramid illustrates the BI technology stack that one would want to consider when implementing BI. All levels in the pyramid must work in concert to realize BI for the organization, and the skills required to implement BI can be unique to each layer within the stack.
For that reason, Microsoft developed built-in BI solutions within Dynamics AX.
Over time though, BI needs will change as companies evolve in their BI capability and understanding. So it is important for companies to pick wisely on BI tools, and plan to invest in building skills internally, so the organization is empowered and can quickly adapt to changing business needs.