Over the last 18 months, I’ve seen how the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role is tracking with that of the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) – an important role in financial organizations, and on the rise in other industries. Virtually every aspect of today’s operations depends on data, and CIOs are on the front line of making data accessible across the global, agile enterprise. Data failure means revenue failure, the ultimate business risk.

14_weeksWhy legacy BI is a business risk

Nowhere is data risk graver for CIOs than in legacy business intelligence (BI) platforms such as Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Here’s why:

  • Legacy BI platforms such as Oracle OBIEE simply can’t keep up with data volumes and the speed of today’s business.
  • Decentralized analytics compromise reporting accuracy.
  • Recognizing these shortcomings, empowered departments will create their own BI environments to keep the business moving forward, undermining CIO leadership.

You can lead a data-driven culture

Birst is the cloud-architected, next-generation enterprise BI platform that enables your organization to move as fast as the pace of business change and data growth. Its two-tier architecture brings together centralized and decentralized analytics, enabling you, as a CIO, to deploy a modern BI platform and lead a data-driven culture.

It’s important to note the distinction between a native cloud BI architecture, such as Birst’s, and “a legacy architecture with a browser pasted on top,” as Birst’s head of product strategy characterizes OBIEE. What’s more, Birst doesn’t require you to move all your legacy data into the cloud, unlike Larry Ellison and his misleadingly easy-sounding “lift and shift” meme.

Birst has a proven 14-week methodology – a six-week sprint to first use cases, followed by an eight-week standard agile delivery – to get you off of OBIEE and onto true cloud BI. The crux of the process doesn’t involve data migration; your enterprise data can stay exactly where it is. Instead, the centerpiece of your migration converts the logical layer of your OBIEE environment into the semantic layer of your new Birst environment.

Reduce data transit risk

To reiterate, unlike Oracle’s conversion path from OBIEE to OBI Cloud Service, Birst does not require you to move your legacy data into the cloud. Doing so is expensive and creates considerable transit risk, particularly when production data is involved. I’ve seen a lot of “easy” IT data migrations go south, and I’m sure you have, too. With Birst you can access legacy data and any newer cloud-based data with equal ease.

You can get started now on your 14 weeks to freedom from Oracle OBIEE. Contact a Birst Migration Specialist today and schedule a free POC (proof of concept) by clicking here.