- 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: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap
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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Tthe work is overtly about a 21st century view of success in mining BI, but as she develops her core ideas, Parr-Rud delves into just about every area that involves any organization's productivity, excellence, relationships and output to its customers. She touches on communications governance, systems thinking, collaboration, leadership and the need for flexibility in the new century. Indeed, what else is there of importance to a developing and growing organization?
This work goes highly recommended to a leader of an organization of any type, at any level, that wishes to help facilitate positive change.
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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What all these books have in common is a target audience that has underperforming companies with meaningful business intelligence that can be used to do strategic planning to correct existing problems within the company and strategize how to take advantage of nonpursued opportunities so the company ultimately moves forward in a positive and more profitable way.
I would have liked the instant book being reviewed more if it had gone into a little about business plans, using the business plan as a benchmark, and strategic planning to make the business plan better. The leadership at a company should evaluate her company in terms of "what she has now." Then she should figure out the problems her company has, and also figure out what opportunities her company could have. Finally she has to have her company adapt so it will eliminate the problems and take advantage of the opportunities. If the book had done a good job explaining this, then it would have gotten a 5-star rating from me. Unfortunately, the book fell short.
The author indicates there are 5 competencies a company leader has to be good at: communication, collaboration, innovation, adaptability, and leadership. I propose that leadership subsumes communication and adaptability, and thus really only leadership counts. I also propose that innovation is overrated, and collaboration may or may not be important depending on the company and the market it exists in. Having said this, I believe much of the book discusses things that really are not important, but may be interesting reading for a company leader to consider. What is important is that a leader needs to be a leader and be able to create a business plan that accurately portrays her company, and then be able to do strategic planning to modify the business so the company can change for the better.
I got the impression from reading this book that the author is a big fan of (1) mass collaboration, and (2) innovation. I personally am not. Collaboration is usually a bust in the business world. And true innovation doesn't come around all that often. Companies will grow, improve, and become more profitable when they do the right things and do those things right. And as time passes those right things will change. So keeping up with time is what leadership is all about. Read this book and you will be reminded of all this. 4 stars!
PS. Amazon provides a copy of this book's Table of Contents (TOC) in the Search Inside feature. Take a look at the TOC to get a better idea of exactly what this book is about.
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Review By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca, CPA (New York, USA)
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