Empower the Executive Sponsor

Guest Blog - Tip #1 (of 5) - Empowering the Executive Sponsor

Navigating Business Intelligence Adoption in Your Organisation

The journey towards successful BI implementation often starts at the top. Having an Executive Sponsor is not just beneficial, it's crucial. At a board level, this individual can champion your chosen application and drive its adoption across the organisation.

  • Address your sponsor’s needs first. This might seem counter-intuitive and against the principle of adding value where it’s needed first. However, addressing the executive sponsor or board's requirements in the first instance earns their buy-in and turns them into champions for the cause. Their enthusiasm and support can trickle down, creating a ripple effect throughout the company.
  • Create an Executive Dashboard. If done successfully, the executive team will want and expect similar dashboards in their teams and departments. This serves a dual purpose:
    • This will provide immediate value to the executive team by giving them insights into critical business metrics.
    • It’ll serve as a powerful demonstration of the potential impact of BI across the organisation.
  • Don’t Forget the big picture. The sponsors need to be reminded of the big picture so that the project delivers on their specific wants and needs and to see beyond their own report, dashboard, or department – looking at the project as a whole. This will help drive adoption in a wider sense than just one team.

Do you agree with the above? What is your experience?

In our next blog post, we'll discuss the importance of Fostering a Culture of Data Literacy


This Guest Blog has been written by our Community Member and Consultant  . For questions, please leave a comment below.

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   Empowering the Executive Sponsor
   Fostering a Culture of Data Literacy
   Make Data Relatable through Story Telling
   Craft a Comprehensive Delivery Plan
   Ensure you have a Communication Plan and Measure Your Success 



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