ERIC Number: EJ845984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Who's on Your BI Shortlist?
Panettieri, Joseph C.
Campus Technology, v19 n5 p40-42, 44-45 Jan 2006
Tom Mauriello knows how to build profitable relationships. As vice president of Development at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Mauriello and his team have driven annual giving to the college 80 percent higher since the 2003-2004 academic year. Moreover, NYIT's contributor base has increased 21 percent since that time. What's the secret to NYIT's success? The three-part answer includes effective data-driven decision-making, progressive collaborative tools, and a heavy emphasis on personal relationships. Even so, it takes a solid technology infrastructure to mine and maintain those relationships. In recent years, NYIT has shed Digital VAX legacy systems and increased its reliance on enterprise and business intelligence (BI) software from Datatel Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Oracle Corp. to drive operations forward. NYIT isn't alone. Across the country, universities are leveraging BI software to improve data-driven decision-making, which can enhance operational and financial performance. Demand for such software remains strong: Global BI sales are growing 10 percent annually and now top about $4.5 billion per year. Still, industry pundits say the BI sector, much like the enterprise software market, is ripe for a shakeout. For CIO's and senior university administrators, BI industry consolidation arrives at a critical time. Choose the wrong BI platform for a specific university environment, and one could wind up with a dead-end solution. In this article, the author contends that when mulling a BI solution, ensure that the vendor is solidly profitable and well established in the higher education market. Second, the platform should include integrated reporting tools; query and analysis features, online analytical processing capabilities, visualization tools, and Microsoft Office integration. Third, the BI offering should integrate with existing platforms, such as Datatel's enterprise management software for universities.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Fund Raising, Institutional Advancement, Computer Software, Data, Decision Making, Industry, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York