Twelve Traits That a Business Intelligence Program and Building With LEGO Bricks Have in Common

A strong and reliable business intelligence (BI) program can quickly reveal areas for improvement and help organizations make proactive decisions by identifying business patterns and trends and providing a comprehensive view of a company’s data. Establishing such a program, however, requires many pieces to fit together, similar to—according to SAPinsider Expert Jeff Stout—building with LEGO bricks. Stout lists a dozen shared traits between creating your next BI program and building with plastic blocks.
After reading this article you will be able to:
- Understand when to incorporate creativity and visionary qualities into your BI program;
- Explain strategies for collaboration, community, and sharing feedback during your program creation; and
- List the different parts of and apply a simple framework for a BI program.

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Jeff Stout Senior Manager, C Spire
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Mr. Stout is the Senior Manager of the C Spire Business Intelligence Program.  He currently manages the BusinessObjects environment connecting to Vertica, ORACLE, and Cloud data sources.   He is the architect of the C Spire Business Intelligence Self-Service program.  He has worked as programmer, business and systems requirements analyst, project manager, project director, and IT manager.  He has worked with Informix, ORACLE, Netezza, HANA, and Vertica databases.  The last twelve years have been in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing.  Mr. Stout received a BS and MS from Mississippi State University.  He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP®).