Agile is knowing I can answer any question asked about my data, even the ones I haven't thought of yet.
Agile is never being caught flat-footed - being able to react and adapt with ease, leaving competitors in your wake.
Agile is something that can move swiftly in a difficult environment without hitting or being hit by obstacles, with little effort, little noise and that can reach the destination. Usually what is agile is also very elegant.
Agile means being able to deliver economically feasible and operationally pragmatic BI solutions in a timely manner.
Agile business intelligence is the ability to convert data to information in real-time, thereby allowing the busines to meaningfully respond to changes in the last few minutes instead of the last few months.
Less work, more money.
AGILE (in a BI sense) is the ability of a systems integration process to collapse multi-step and lengthy BI project cycle into a single integrated design, modeling and visualization process and drive close collaboration between BI application developers and end-users. Tighter integration betweens the enterpride data model, the User Requirement and the BI Development toolset results in the delivery of a more accurate BI end product (e.g Dashboards or Business Management Reports) freeing up the BI Design and Development team(s) to be able to react more quickly to feedback from the BI consumers. This shorten the overall development/deployment lifecycle and speeds the Enterprise towards more accurate and more responsive control over the line of business being governed e.g. Sales / Billing / Profit Margin / Liquidity etc etc.
Gouri Sankar Padimiti
To me 'Agile' in Business Intelligence means; * Individuals and interactions over processes and tools * Working software over comprehensive documentation * Customer collaboration over contract negotiation * Responding to change over following a plan
I feel I should start with the "Spock answer, as provided to Norman": Agile Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Agile Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell BAD. Are you sure your circuits are functioning correctly? That said, I am closer to Captain Kirk, than Spock. I think about BI all day long working for a company whose main slogans are "Streaming Analytics for Real-Time Service Agility" and "Query the Future". My perspective is truly warped from 20+ years of dedication to the ancient art of knife throwing. This skill set is very definition of agility within the martial arts arena as the grip, focus, power, flexibility, stance, movement, grace, aim, mind energy, self direction and the drive to find the best answers & methods are the components that also happen to define agile business intelligence. In both BI & knife throwing, it is one thing to aim well and understand the end target. It is quite another to understand the moves and disciplines required to complete the effort. It is like the old saying that life is a journey, not a destination. Agile Business Intelligence is the journey through the constant of new knowledge. It is the living mind of a business as it seeks and uncovers the truth of its being, and its impact on the world. The more skills and tools it has to apply to its search for the real answers, the more agile a business becomes. Rick Lemberg (VP SQLstream & Two-time World Champion of Knife Throwing) Here is a link to a recent interview I did for Wired Magazine: http://www.wired.com/culture/education/magazine/17-09/st_howto
Schnelle Resultate, geringere ManPower, schlankere Prozess
Agile is a methodology that promotes iterative development allowing for shorter development cycles and immediate business value.
Agile = iterative development, where requirements and the solutions usually come up side by side Agile = less up-front cost and very short business requirement analysis phase before the implementation starts Agile = BUS architecture - add features over time (there is not scrape and start from scratch) Agile = no big bang theory, prototypes and mini projects drive the development Agile = much higher change to successful, cheaper and faster implementation Agile = business users are part of development team (cross functional team collaboration) Agile = my team had ZERO failure rate in past 7 years, project cost 80% lower than traditional PMLC/SDLC and happy business partners
Agile is a suite of best practices used with the goal of making small teams highly effective in spite of (or perhaps because of) frequent change.
Agile and BI means you're going to do the same amount of work better, faster and still be able to sleep at night.
The antonym to SAP
Agile to me means "right and ready for yesterday"
Agile means lightning fast and sniper precision.
Agile means never having to say "i'll get back to you on that question"
Agile for me means: "speed", "do the things fast", without lose the quality of the job. It's like when i woke up and dress during the earthquake in February 27th, in 30 seconds i was dressed and ready for keeping safe, that's "AGILE".
Standing on a tightrope, at night, in a thunderstorm, while balancing two teacups, filled with hot tea, and dodging bullets Matrix style, all without spilling a drop. Sounds tough, but I think it's a fair analogy to what IT development has to do to meet today's integration data requirements, while still maintaining security and efficiency. Oh yeah, you're also naked, so don't get self-conscious about letting everybody see what you're doing.
The answer in the form of haiku: Opportunity buried in data story. Expose knowledge now.
Two answers. 1. Personally, "Agile BI" means nothing to me. Sounds like yet another attempt by marketing to create an artificial differentiator. 2. If I had to describe "Agile BI" or die, I'd say, "An Agile BI environment enables an organization's people and processes to quickly adapt to new or changed user requirements, ideally through self-learning and pre-emptive adjustments."
Agile in BI: I can model my architecture iteratively before I jump in build the whole platform at once. I can quickly respond to changes in business by tweaking my software in a few iterations. This allows me to be more receptive to changes and stay competitive.