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Beer and Analytics, Part 1

It has been a while since I wanted to update my blog. Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and decided to take the time and post the highlights to my TechED presentation (session ID: EA116). The subtitle of my presentation is: Do More with Less. I find it truly reflects our reality as a Global organization and I’m sure for a lot of readers, you’ll easily relate to this.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Prague, Czech Republic for our first MCI (MolsonCoors International) annual meeting. People came from across the globe (China, India, UK, San-Francisco, Denver and Montreal) to this important meeting.

The first objective of the meeting was to present to the MCI team, my role as a BI Business Partner, showcase our BI Strategy and Tools.


Our second objective was to meet with Business Experts within our Central Europe Organization.

With the increase of new BI tools, BEx Queries, Sources, etc. we, our BI Team needs to take back control and standardize our offering. Our IT team has recently been restructured (read downsized) and we no longer have the capacity to fulfil the demand in BI. We need to do more with Less. See the common thread? 😉


How can we achieve this with less IT resources? With Business Experts.


This last part is a critical role for the success of our BI strategy. Luckily, our CE organization has a head start in this area and we are quickly applying some of their learning over the years.


At the same time, we have noticed that there seems to have more and more BI tools coming each year. From an Architecture, Development and Support, it’s hard to keep up sometimes. This is especially from an end-user perspective where they just want their numbers!

When preparing my MCI presentation, I took back a step back and noticed that we had deployed BI in the past from a tool perspective with not much success and end-user confusion. In our new reality, if we want to be successful we need to look at it from a Needs perspective. Selecting the right tool for the need is the key to a successful deployment.

Here’s a slide that resumes it well.

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In my next post, I go in more details on how the tools can help us in Doing More with Less.

If you are going to TechEd, come to my presentation (Wednesday 5:45- 6:45) and you’ll get all the scoop!

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