Institutions require access to accurate, timely and meaningful information about their core businesses and the environment in which they operate if they are to adapt and thrive during times of great uncertainty.
This can prove challenging due to a range of factors including available resources, internal data issues and the complex area of external data from countless sources.
What you can do
Find out more about business intelligence systems
Business intelligence (BI) systems can help institutions gather information and present evidence on which to: plan for the future, benchmark different aspects of their performance against other institutions, and deploy limited resources to best effect.
Our business intelligence guide is based largely on the practical experience of UK institutions and helps to address some of the challenges and highlight the potential benefits available. It includes case studies showcasing institutional approaches to implementing business intelligence systems and a BI maturity model - a good starting point for any initiative in this area.
BI systems can help institutions to plan, benchmark performance and deploy resources.
Make sure your information is in order
Your BI system will only be as good as the data held in it, and our accompanying guides around records management and information management can help to ensure you have robust practices in place to begin with.
Get the best out of your data
Activity data is an important source of information for evidence-based decision making. Our guide tells you more about what it is and how it can be used in the academic environment.
Explore what’s new in business intelligence
Exciting things are happening in the BI area. As part of our research and development work we’ve joined forces with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to develop tools, services and advice that will support decision-making within the sector.
We’re looking at opportunities to reduce duplication of effort in analysis and on shared services to allow pooling of resources using standard toolsets.
Working closely with the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA) we aim to identify burning issues across the sector; map in and acquire relevant data sources and coordinate effort in analyses and distribution.
Visit our business intelligence project page and joint website with HESA for more detailed information on HESA’s web-based management information service and our national analytics experimentation project.
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