BI & Analytics Organizational
Models Are Changing

Handling business intelligence and analytics is a balance between IT and the business itself. But who is responsible for what or are they equally driving the efforts?

The way we organize and distribute our business intelligence and analytics responsibilities are slowly evolving as businesses become more data driven than ever before. To understand this, we’ll go through three models of BI & analytics organization.

Traditional IT-Driven Organizational Model

Traditional IT-Driven

The traditional strategic model is IT-driven. BI technology, data architecture, data transformation, and content development are primarily led by IT.

Business engagement is slim and is usually through a business unit sponsor as well as business analysts and end users.

Hybrid IT/Business Organizational Model

Hybrid IT/Business

The most popular strategy among businesses today is the hybrid model. This model can take several forms, but commonly IT owns the BI technology platform, the data architecture and transformation. The business is primarily responsible for BI and analytical content.

In the hybrid model, sometimes IT is still involved in BI content such as enterprise reports, or reporting that is less analytical.

Hybrid IT/Business Organizational Model


Data, BI, and analytics are all owned and driven by the business itself with a business-driven strategy.

In this scenario, usually the scope of the analytics is departmental or line of business. Otherwise there is still usually some IT involvement for components like security, etc.

Which Model Should Businesses Use?

Depending on the business and situation, any one of these may work. However, today a majority of business decisions are based on historical data and trend analysis. As we move forward, we’ll see a lot more people using the Hybrid or Business-Driven models over Traditional IT-Driven to fulfill their needs for self-service analytics.

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