Which 5 questions would you ask – if you weren’t affraid to

The BI survey to end all BI surveys – what would you like to know, what is it you are willing to share?
Which 5 questions would you ask – if you weren’t affraid to …

  • Some people love doing a survey
  • Some people love taking the occasional one

When trying to use Business Surveys as provided by the ICT industry, I often feel dissapointed when the survey is unable to serve its very purpose: to help us make choices.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software (Photo credit: bertboerland)

Following up on my pervious post about the idle business of Business Intelligence surveying – I would like to propose a survey myself. No, I am not going to invite you to participate in one. I’d just like you to think about what a good survey would look like. After all, what would be the purpose of a good survey other than to help us choose the right path towards Business Awareness

Hopefully, some of the survey folks out there will get inspired and come up with survey results which will actually help us make choices. Please respond by asking 5 questions yourself, no need to even answer mine. The goal is for all of us to be able to use those when we actually need to make a choice about how to get better value out of our own (or our customers’) Business Intelligence Processes.

Here are my top five:

1) when was the last time you made a significant change in your BI process – and what made you decide to focus on that particular aspect? (e.g. method, change, training, technology, other …)

2) if you only had half the budget you had in 2013, which part of your BI process would you need to rework and how would you go about this? (eg: insource, cancel licenses, involve other people, shift budget from …, stop altogether, other …)

3) if you had double the budget to spend on your BI process in 2014, where would you defenitely invest more energy?

4) Which other projects or processes are you planning to invest in, and where does the Business Intelligence process fit in the list of priorities?

5) If I were to make an investment into improving my Business Intelligence process, what would be your top advise to me

As the questions are very open, it will be very difficult to draw up magic quadrants based on the answers you will get, but guess what: if we can agree on which questions we’d like to ask, and we think the answers will enable us to make a better choice, and those answers cannot be poored into graphs,

… then so be it.