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Setting a course for BI Success

As a teenager I developed a passion for sailing. I would often beg, steal and borrow days out on various vessels through friends and family. After much harassing I eventually convinced my parents to send me on a basic RYA course and after further persuasion I managed to get access to a second hand dinghy.

I was itching to take the boat out, I didn’t know where or for how long. I just wanted to get out on the water.

The moment I had been waiting for finally came on a wet and windy January morning. Determined to get to sail no matter what I hastily got myself prepared, launching from a small jetty. With a push, I jumped in and began to sail.

Moments in, I noticed the rudder wasn’t bringing the boat around as I would have liked, plus I had not fixed the small main sail properly to the mast, combine this with an incoming storm and a change in tide it was only a matter of time before I found myself capsizing. Powerless and alone I tried all I could to rectify the boat and get myself back onboard to no avail.

Waves rolled around me as I struggled to catch my breath and panic consumed me.

Suddenly a felt a sharp tug at my arm. Was I wrapped in the ropes and being dragged down?

With a deep sigh of relief, I glanced to my left, a hand rested on my shoulder and a reassuring voice shouted above the swell “You’re going to be OK mate”.

Luckily for me an on looking surfer out taking advantage of the waves came to my aid and helped me, the dinghy and my dented pride back to shore.

What brought this story flooding back was my journey so far at Triangle and the ideas I have been introduced to. Having been immersed in the world of BI for only a few months I can see some direct comparisons between people on a BI journey that is capsizing / will capsize and my experience.

Working at Triangle I have been exposed to a new way of thinking about things which has really opened my eyes to how you should look at potential projects or even projects that are already under way.

For example, if I had a clear vision on where I was going rather than rushing into my trip perhaps I wouldn’t have even set off. Vision for your BI implementation is a key area which should be in your thought process before you begin to make any decisions.

Going it alone seemed like such a good idea at the time, for me it was a chance to try something new. However, when I set sail I had not let anyone know where I was going. My team or in my case family were not informed of the decisions I had made, their input was not listened to and subsequently my experience was a disaster. I have learned that getting your team on board when it comes to BI is crucial at every stage of the process.

Not taking the necessary actions when I was in trouble left me in a very big predicament. You have to take action in BI, it is your responsibility to the success of the project to be in charge of the solution, not the other way around.

I left the slipway with a broken rudder and unattached sail, you may be lucky and have already noticed where your technology is lacking before you set off. Perhaps you will have to buy some new tech which enables to deliver better BI to your business. Either way it is undeniable that technology will impact your BI strategy at some point.

In the coming weeks we will be exploring this way of thinking in more depth, taking insights from the people involved in delivering our unique ideas.

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February 25, 2016