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Improving Business Intelligence: The Six Sigma Way

Improving Business Intelligence: The Six Sigma Way
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Author(s): Dorothy Miller (Industry Consultant in Business Intelligence, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Pages: 16
Source title: International Journal of Business Intelligence Research (IJBIR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Ana Azevedo (CEOS.PP, ISCAP, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/jbir.2010100103

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Abstract

Business Intelligence has never been examined with the same rigor as demanded for any other organization investments. Although global investment in Business Intelligence has reached over 6 billion dollars, business managers continue to follow tradition and leave the management of business intelligence to the technocrats. In this paper, the author proposes that a critical need exists to apply the same six sigma methods, which have worked for the rest of the organization to business intelligence operations and products. This proven structured approach, including the associated rigor and metrics, can be customized and integrated into a program which will allow effective management of business intelligence. The proposed Six Sigma program for business intelligence will ensure that an organization can gain control, improve understanding of operations and products, and improve the value of this crucial organization investment.

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