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BI leaders need more than just technology
This article is part of the Business Information issue of February 2013
Industry pundits are only too happy to foretell the future, usually by trotting out a list of technologies that emerged a long time ago and are growing in hype if not adoption. Certainly, 2013 has its list of technology all-stars, including mobile BI, social media analytics, cloud BI and Hadoop in all its big data permutations. Wayne Eckerson What they don’t talk about are BI leaders. Everyone likes shiny new toys, but few companies need more technology. The real challenge organizations face is harnessing what they already have -- and that requires leadership. Anyone who has run a BI team knows managing technology is easier than handling the politics involved in applying technology to business problems. That’s why there is a strong correlation between leadership and BI success. I've been fortunate to meet many successful BI leaders over the past 20 years, and I profiled a half-dozen such people for my most recent book. Despite their technical qualifications, they chose to spend most of our interview time talking about people, ...
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It takes something other than fancy tools to lead in the business intelligence arena, says TechTarget's Wayne Eckerson, pointing to the ability to direct a diverse team.