The game of chess is an apt metaphor for using business intelligence (BI) in your organization. You could play like a novice, for whom just keeping track of the rules and how each piece—or BI tool—can work is a challenge. Problem is, your competitor might just be a chess master, and like any novice playing a pro, you’ll find yourself in checkmate before you’ve even had a chance to unleash your queen.
If you’re still thinking one move at a time with your BI strategy, you need to elevate your game. In her article "Ready to Change Your Game?” Monica Woolmer provides the first steps toward becoming a BI chess master. The key is to start by assessing where you are now, and then develop a strategy based on your organization’s unique strengths. The result will be smarter decision making that leads to lower costs, increased efficiencies and higher profitability. Not to mention you’ll be the one calling checkmate.