Should I be outsourced ?
Posted by thomasivarssonmalmo on November 4, 2009
I have been a inhouse BI expert during the last two years. Before that I was a consultant for almost ten years.
When I write blog posts here it is mostly about techie stuff like MDX, Analysis Services, sometimes SSIS and sometimes data mining. When I post answers in the SSAS newsgroup or send feedback to ctp or beta newsgroups it is mostly about technical issues. There is nothing wrong with that.
What I write less about but what occupies much of my daily work currently is about how BI relates to the daily efforts within a non-IT part of the company. The question is if I, and some colleagues, are an IT-function that should integrated with the entire IT-organization of the company or not. If I only work with building or trouble shooting BI solutions the answer is probably yes. I am an IT-function.
But BI is not only about that. I have my personal estimate that we are 50 percent business insight and 50 percent technolog even as BI consultants.
Should I work close to end users of our solutions or be transfered in to an IT-function? As a consultant 95 percent of my customers was not the IT-department within a company or organization, it was business functions like business controllers.
While thinking about these questions that put my daily work into a context I have found this blog, Peter Thomas, that puts our techie discussions into a broader mind set here
He also describes an inhouse BI expert and a BI external partner as the same approach as in archeology here .
Enjoy his blog posts and think two times before you only see BI as pure technology or learning BI-tools.