As somebody who’s lived through the evolution of the analytics space over the past two decades – from the days of decision support systems, through the era ofbusiness intelligence, and now the emergence of visual data discovery – it has been fascinating to witness the shift from the traditional IT-owned, centrally managed analytics model to the more decentralized, user-oriented style of delivering BI. This is a positive development that has empowered business people, who otherwise would rely on a central BI team for data analysis, to work with data on their own.

Unfortunately, this development presents business and IT leaders with serious challenges. How can they deliver a complete and consistent view of the business when data analysis is happening outside the BI Competency Center (BICC), while business leaders can’t trust the often-conflicting data coming from end-users who have adopted their own analytical tools as part of a “shadow IT” process? This decentralized model also leads to information silos and inconsistent data because end users, despite being more self-sufficient, are using tools that lack the underlying architectures to ensure a single version of the truth.

Technology research firm Gartner just published a new paper, Create a Centralized and Decentralized Organizational Model for Business Intelligence, which argues that centralized BI teams must work collaboratively with decentralized teams to ensure success. It is a thought-provoking paper that declares that a competency center or center of excellence for BI, an idea long supported by Gartner, is still necessary but no longer sufficient. The paper then talks about identifying decentralized teams that need more autonomy throughout your organization, and describes strategies for implementing a 2-tier organizational model within your company.

It’s in this context that Birst’s revolutionary 2-tier analytics technology stands alone in the BI industry. Birst’s patented Automated Analytics Engine taps into centrally managed data sources like data warehouses, data lakes, ERP systems, on-prem and cloud business applications – what we call the “enterprise data tier” – and then seamlessly unifies this with data generated by decentralized teams throughout an organization – the “user data tier”. Birst then automatically refines this data, organizes and prepares it for analysis by overlaying a consistent set of business rules and definitions – a common, reusable semantic layer, to use BI terms – to deliver a single version of the truth.

Birst is the only business intelligence platform that supports Gartner’s 2-tier model. Thanks to our 2-tier analytics technology, Birst is enabling IT leaders to deliver and business leaders to rely on a complete and consistent view of the business while giving end users the agility and autonomy they need to run their business swiftly.

Download the Gartner paper today and contact us to learn how Birst can help your company implement a 2-tier analytics model.