Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Szymon Adamala; Linus Cidrin , pp. 172. MAM/Sektionen för Management, 2011.

The work

Författare / Author: Szymon Adamala, Linus Cidrin,
Titel / Title: Key Success Factors in Business Intelligence
Abstrakt Abstract:

Business Intelligence can bring critical capabilities to an organization, but the implementation of such
capabilities is often plagued with problems and issues. Why is it that certain projects fail, while others
succeed? The theoretical problem and the aim of this thesis is to identify the factors that are present in
successful Business Intelligence projects and organize them into a framework of critical success
A survey was conducted during the spring of 2011 to collect primary data on Business Intelligence
projects. It was directed to a number of different professionals operating in the Business Intelligence
field in large enterprises, primarily located in Poland and primarily vendors, but given the similarity of
Business Intelligence initiatives across countries and increasing globalization of large enterprises, the
conclusions from this thesis may well have relevance and be applicable for projects conducted in other
Findings confirm that Business Intelligence projects are wrestling with both technological and nontechnological problems, but the non-technological problems are found to be harder to solve as well as
more time consuming than their technological counterparts. The thesis also shows that critical success
factors for Business Intelligence projects are different from success factors for IS projects in general
and Business Intelligences projects have critical success factors that are unique to the subject matter.
Major differences can be predominately found in the non-technological factors, such as the presence of
a specific business need to be addressed by the project and a clear vision to guide the project.
Results show that successful projects have specific factors present more frequently than nonsuccessful. Such factors with great differences are the type of project funding, business value provided
by each iteration of the project and the alignment of the project to a strategic vision for Business
Furthermore, the thesis provides a framework of critical success factors that, according to the results of
the study, explains 61% of variability of success of projects.
Given these findings, managers responsible for introducing Business Intelligence capabilities should
focus on a number of non-technological factors to increase the likelihood of project success. Areas
which should be given special attention are: making sure that the Business Intelligence solution is built
with end users in mind, that the Business Intelligence solution is closely tied to company‟s strategic
vision and that the project is properly scoped and prioritized to concentrate on best opportunities first.
Keywords: Critical Success Factors, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Data Warehouse Projects,
Success Factors Framework, Risk Management

Ämnesord / Subject: Företagsekonomi - Business Administration\Information
Företagsekonomi - Business Administration\Management Control
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Computersystems
Nyckelord / Keywords: Critical Success Factors, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Data Warehouse Projects, Success Factors Framework, Risk Management

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8lfq36
Program:/ Programme Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 09/06/2011
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Magisterarbete/Master's Thesis (60 credits)


Handledare / Supervisor: Dr Klaus Solberg Søilen
Examinator / Examiner: Urban Ljungquist
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: MAM/Sektionen för Management
S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00

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