What are the important roles and responsibilities of a business intelligence (BI) team? And are BI teams usually a certain size?

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The BI team typically is responsible for data definitions, source system identification and connectivity, working with end users to define business requirements and needs, performing data validation, writing BI policies and procedures for steering committee approval, overseeing the implementation of approved projects and assuring that the promised benefits of BI projects are achieved. The business intelligence team is also tasked with reporting on the progress of the BI program and defined projects to senior executives.

Meanwhile, a company’s data management team will work with BI team members or consultants assigned to the BI program to assure that guiding principles are met pertaining to organizational policies related to data procurement, analysis and reporting. In addition, it will assign specific projects to implementation teams and prioritize data access requests when the availability of resources is insufficient to meet user demand.

The size of a BI team is variable and will depend on how many departments and/or functional areas are represented.

This was first published in September 2010

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