IT spend Vs. business-unit spend on BI, analytics
The level of IT spending vs. business-unit spending on BI and analytics revealed within Dell is telling. Do you think your organization would be surprised to learn that business spending it outstripping (and in many cases unnecessarily duplicating) what IT spends to support BI reporting and predictive analysis? Sprawling data marts are just one example of duplicative spending. Dell figures it's going to save on database licenses, BI licenses, and analytics licenses by centralizing. Instead of each business unit creating its own data fiefdom, they're learning to play nice and exploit what Schmidt says are better capabilities on shared platforms.
Would this approach make sense at your organization? Are the savings oversold?