Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The league of Information “Justice”

Summer is almost coming to an end, but not before multiple super/anti hero movies have made their way to the big screen this year, including the Green Hornet, Green Lantern, captain America and Thor, among others. At the end “good” defeated “evil” every single time; it seemed so easy that I could not resist applying some of the principles to a Business Intelligence Program. Before you stop reading and call the publisher, let me explain: if you have embarked on a business intelligence project, most likely you intended to do good as well, enlightening your organization by providing visibility they did not have… However along the way, technical limitations, organizational politics or simply unforeseen circumstances might have delayed or canceled your project altogether; If you have been in this situation, I am sure you felt that you were losing the battle against the dark forces of ignorance, your own evil nemesis.
Some battles just might be too big to win on our own, and here is where the concept of the Information justice league comes in. While at times it might seem that you are alone in your organization, and you are the only one “fighting” for the good of the program, I can assure you that there might be more allies in your organization than you realize. Independently they might also be actively fighting their own transformation battles to introduce transparency to the organization through information; in effect each individual becomes its own “vigilante” trying to bring change to their scope of control. Separately of the size and complexity of your organization, you will notice that change is difficult; regardless of the intention or the promised outcomes, the fear of the unknown might paralyze some key decision makers and prevent your project from being implemented, or even launched. On your own, you are a lone vigilante with a charter that even might be questionable from a public light; however, if you were going to join forces with other change agents within your organization, you could establish a league of “Information” justice that would gain immediate credibility given the collective experiences and track record within the company.
Together, this information league could accomplish many things, including facilitating the success of Information projects with the objectives of empowering line level manager to make well informed operational decisions, thus taking the company performance potential to the next level. While the obstacles/enemies would not have gone away, the combined “powers” of this information league would it make easier to defeat declared and subvert foes with the sword of truth and a shield of trust in the battle field of transparency, bringing enlightenment to an enterprise previously in the dark.
You might or might not feel a super hero for your organization, but if you can establish solid Business Intelligence processes and enlist the help of others along the way, you will have effectively created your own league of “Information” justice.

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