Developing a Business Intelligence Strategy (BIS)


Duration: 2 Days - 9am – 4.30pm

Dates, Location & Venue:


Thursday and Friday 19th & 20th of April 2018
Willeston Conference Centre
Level 7, 22-28 Willeston St
Wellington CBD 

Cost: $1,500 plus GST (includes course materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

Facilitator:      Matt O’Mara

Workshop Overview:

An effective Business Intelligence Strategy is critical in providing a strategic framework for your business intelligence investment and programme of work.  It ensures your efforts will enable organisational outcomes and will be recognised as adding substantial value.

This pragmatic workshop will take participants through the steps required to develop a robust business intelligence strategy, the benefits of a BIS, and a typical programme of work to deliver on organisational outcomes.  The workshop provides a number of tangible examples where business intelligence has been used successfully to transform businesses by providing insights and evidence to underpin decision making, solve problems and create new opportunities.

The workshop will be focused on what a strategy is and why it is critical in ensuring you achieve outcomes. It will step participants through the typical stages of development and content. It will also cover obtaining and ensuring buy-in from senior management, peers and general staff and powerful methods of communicating the importance of the BIS and programme of work.

Learning outcomes include:

  • The strategic value and benefits a BIS provides
  • Understanding the steps in developing a BIS
  • Understanding the structure and content of a BIS
  • Typical work streams outlined in a BIS
  • BI maturity assessment
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business engagement models
  • Communications and marketing your BIS and BI efforts
  • Introduction to the i3 paradigm
  • Knowledge sharing café
  • How the BIS underpins key organisational strategies
  • The workshop will cover a number of operational and strategic tools that can be used to:
    • develop your strategy
    • assess your current BI services
    • raise the profile of your BI efforts and
    • mature your BI operations 

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of current challenges and goals to explore and address within the workshop.  Note:  This is not a technical workshop.

Facilitator Details and Intended Audience

The course is developed and facilitated by Matt O’Mara who has over 30 years experience in ICT, business intelligence and information management.  Matt has worked in numerous sectors (including health, education, defence, commercial, audit, central and local government).  Matt’s roles have included general and operational management, CEO, CIO and CTO roles.  Matt is a regular key note speaker at international conferences and has previously lectured at Auckland University of Technology and has been a guest lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Matt was the first New Zealander to be awarded the J. Eddis Linton Information Proficiency Outstanding Individual Award from the Association of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia for excellence in information management.  This award recognises individuals who have contributed highly to the information management profession.

This course is suitable for all levels of staff new to business intelligence through to seasoned professionals.  The workshop is suitable for staff wishing to develop their strategic planning and development skills through to BI professionals who would like to learn new ways to effectively engage key stakeholders and gain buy-in for the BI function.  It is also suitable for senior management who need to develop a strategic approach to business intelligence and analytics and build a culture where information is used to realise new insights, solve problems and create opportunities.

To Book:

Please email with your name, position, organisation and contact details and we will confirm your place on the workshop or complete the online form.