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Business Intelligence Success Factors: Tools for Aligning Your Business in the Global Economy 1st Edition

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Over the last few decades, the growth of Business Intelligence has enabled companies to streamline many processes and expand into new markets on an unprecedented scale. New BI technologies are also enabling mass collaboration and innovation. However, implementation of these BI solutions often gives rise to new challenges. Business Intelligence Success Factors shows you how to turn those challenges into opportunities by mastering five key skills.

Olivia Parr Rud shares insights gained from her two decades of experience in Business Intelligence to offer the latest practices that are emerging in organizational development. Written to help enhance your understanding of the current business climate and to provide the tools necessary to thrive in this new global economy, Business Intelligence Success Factors examines the components of chaos theory, complex adaptive systems, quantum physics, and evolutionary biology. A scientific framework for these new corporate issues helps explain why developing these key competencies are critical, given the speed of change, globalization, as well as advancements in technology and Business Intelligence.

Divided into four cohesive parts, Business Intelligence Success Factors explores:

  • The current business landscape as well as the latest scientific research: today's business realities and how and why they can lead to chaos
  • New scientific models for viewing the global economy
  • The five essential competencies-Communication, Collaboration, Innovation, Adaptability, and Leadership that improve an organization's ability to leverage the new opportunities in a volatile global economy
  • Profiles of several amazing leaders who are working to make a difference
  • Cutting-edge research and case studies via invited contributors offering a wealth of knowledge and experience

Move beyond mere survival to realize breakaway success in the global economy with the practical guidance found in Business Intelligence Success Factors.

About the Author

Olivia Parr Rud is the President and founder of OLIVIAGroup, a consulting firm that helps companies maximize business potential. Through OLIVIAGroup, she works with organizations to fully leverage the power of Business Intelligence by offering organizational alignment assessments, leadership development and skill building in the areas of communication, innovation, and adaptability. Her organizational consulting is offered in partnership with leading experts in the areas of leadership development, personal development, and organizational alignment.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470392401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470392409
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Olivia is an internationally known expert in Business Intelligence and Organizational Alignment. Her passion for finding successful solutions for her clients and partners has inspired her research in systems thinking and integrated business practices. She is considered a thought leader in the integration of analytic tools and holistic organization practices that deliver success through the optimal leverage of quantitative and qualitative practices and methodologies.

Her many years of research and study in the areas of Data Mining and Business Intelligence led to the writing of her first book, Data Mining Cookbook, Modeling for Acquisition, Risk and Customer Relationship Management (Wiley 2001). Seeing a larger need in the blending of analytics with softer skills, she was inspired to conduct research in the areas the integration of more qualitative skills building. This led to her research into the link between Organizational Development and Complexity Science and the writing of her second book, Her book, Business Intelligence Success Factors, Aligning for Success in a Global Economy (Wiley/SAS, 2009).

She has been working with clients for several years in areas of communication, change management, team building and leadership development. Olivia is a certified Holacracy Practitioner. Holacracy is a set of practice designed to tap into the wisdom of the organization.

Her clients include Cisco, Citizen's Bank, Clorox, HP, IBM, Xerox, Providian Insurance, Ameriquest, State Farm, Nationwide, and SAS. Olivia has a BA in Mathematics from Gettysburg College and an MS in Decision and Information Systems, with a concentration in Statistics, from Arizona State University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandro Saitta on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I will be clear from the beginning: this book is not about business intelligence. At least not the way most people understand BI. You will not read words such as data bases, data warehouse or data mart. That being said, we can start the review.

Most of the book, compares BI with nature processes (evolution, physics, chaos, etc.). It is very hard to highlight some BI concepts in this flow of physical and biological concepts. The text contains a lot of citations and quotes. It is thus difficult to keep reading with a continuous flow. It looks like the book gather some texts that are not related together. This is due in part to the high number of contributing authors.

However, some good points should be noted. First, some chapters are quite interesting. Even if not about BI there are important subjects that are discussed such as communication in the company, team work or self-development. The list of references given in each chapter is huge. It thus very easy to continue the reading when you find a chapter interesting.

Finally, 10 principles for leading a dynamic organization are presented in page 134. They are important and well described. To conclude, I would recommend this book if you're interested in a new approach to company communication. Just remember that this is a non-technical book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Gaertner on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in helping to raise the consciousness within organizations and those who enjoy quietly leading by example. Olivia offers an inspirational approach to business intelligence.

Olivia's book is ideal for a book club. Within a community of readers, people can consciously slow down and reflect on all the wonderful ideas. If people only apply 5 to 10% of what they learn, from reading her book, organizational capacity will still grow immensely. When one finds ways to sow the seeds of knowledge and wisdom over a period of time within any organization, one can anticipate the joy in watching the seeds germinate and grow in the years to come.

Beyond contemplating how the broad spectrum of ideas can enrich organization behavior and optimal decision making, the concepts also offer opportunities for interpersonal reflection. This was an unanticipated consequence for me. By embracing chaos theory, acknowledging that order eventually emerges out of chaos, and appreciating systems thinking, my opportunities for personal growth have expanded.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In collaboration with 21 contributors, Olivia Parr Rud provides a wealth of information, observations, and recommendations that share a single purpose: To prepare those who read this book to respond effectively both to the perils and to the opportunities associated with Business Intelligence (BI). More specifically, to help them get their organization in proper alignment in the global economy.

The material is carefully organized within four Parts: Sensibly, the first provides an overview of a business "landscape" that seems to become less comprehensible and more perilous each day; next, five "essential competencies" that an organization needs to leverage new opportunities (i.e. communication, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and leadership) are examined; then in Part Three, new models for viewing BI are introduced, with special attention paid to systems thinking; then in the final part, Chapter 10, the focus is on "some possibilities beyond corporate borders, given the mastery of the essential competencies." The reader is also provided with I formation about the potential of Holacracy, the role of the visionary, and profiles of five exceptional leaders (e.g. Ben Freeman, Antanas Vainius, John Castagnini, Julie Roberts, and Jim Riordan) who "are working to make a difference" in the increasingly more "volatile" business world. These leaders are among the 13 contributors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacia Varga on August 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're a business intelligence practitioner like me, you might have certain expectations from a book entitled Business Intelligence Success Factors: Tools for Aligning your Business in the Global Economy. You might think it contains lots of practical examples for implementing BI projects. Or if you're someone who uses (or wants to use) BI in day-to-day operations, you might think it can help you to find and fix the gaps in your current usage. This book meets neither of those expectations.

Having read Olivia Parr Rud's book Data Mining Cookbook, I expected the second book to provide the same type of "how-to" explanation that I found in her first book. It didn't take me long to realize that my expectations were all wrong.

So what is the book about? The first part of the book concentrates on the state of business in general. There are plenty of problems familiar to those in management positions and BI practitioners cited in Chapter 1, "The Evolving Business Landscape." One point raised with which I agree wholeheartedly is the acknowledgment that IT for the most part has kept up with advances in technology (such as BI), but business people are often unable to keep the same pace which ultimately leads to failure of the technology.

Overlooking human issues related to the technology is a key contributor to this failure, Rud explains. A survey of the possibilities for addressing this failure is the real premise of the book, rather than a focus on BI as a technology or process. Chapter 2, "Models from Science and Nature," is an interesting blend of quantum theory, the hive mind, chaos theory, and universality (among others) and a hypothesis that these models might be applied successfully to the business world. But how would you do that?
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