Building a Business Intelligence roadmap starts with a general understanding of the strategic objectives of an organization and matching this with an overall comprehension of the available data. This top-down and bottom-up approach guarantees that we know what is expected from our Business Intelligence infrastructure and what can be made available to support the making of the proper decisions.
Insight into the available data helps pinpointing missing data in function of the strategic aims. Clarity into what the strategists need allows a better guidance of the Business Intelligence architecture and above all information content.
A technical scan of all information systems (bottom-up) and a strategic scan (top-down) mostly take around ten days of work, depending on the complexity of the organization. Combining both insights allows for a general formulation of a Business Intelligence roadmap that can serve as briefing for an automation of the Business Intelligence infrastructure and as a rough version of a research agenda of the Analytical Intelligence that is needed.