Enterprise IT Watch Blog

Sep 14 2012   9:13AM GMT

Five fun facts on how IT views business intelligence

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

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LogiXML recently conducted a survey of 757 IT prosprofessionals (672 of which classify themselves as IT executives, managers, directors and “IT other”) spread across several industries, on how they view users of business intelligence, and the results are intriguing — and pretty entertaining, too. Among our favorites:

  • 7667 percent of respondents say users make BI needs known by “loudly insisting” (247 respondents, 33%), “screaming like banshees,” (52, 7%) or assuming IT had “telepathy” (203, 27%)
  • 20 percent (151 respondents) would give users direct access to data sources only “if my life depended on it”
  • 38 percent think users spend most of their time “checking Facebook comments on photos from recent Bahamas trip” (96 respondents, 13%) or “wish I knew” (193, 25%)
  • 43 percent (326) are “meh” on implementation of their BI projects
  • 5 percent (35)  think mobile BI is “more popular than Angry Birds”

Check out the full survey report here. What are your thoughts on business intelligence?

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  • NicatDarwin
    It's really too bad that the survey writers didn't indicate basic information about the survey. All those lovely graphics! And yet, so meaningless. The authors state that they asked 757 IT professionals across "multiple" industries about how they felt about BI. If I ask 100 people a bunch of questions, I might get 5 people who answer them. If I asked 757, how many people answered? There is no indication how many respondents, which industries (it could make a big difference in how we read the results!), or standard errors (indicating margin of errors and reliability of results). It's a fun idea to report this, but, ultimately useless. I'd love to have posted a link, but I won't attach my credibility something lacking any.
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    Fair point, Nic. We can try to get a look at the raw data to see if it provides further context (there is some industry data at the end of the report). 
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    FYI, got a look at some of the data and updated the post accordingly. It appears that results were counted only from those who answered every question, so the percentages are accurate (there was one addition/transposition error, in the first bullet). I clarified the number of respondents for each individual answer to make it clear how things broke down. 
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