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PANDAmonium
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Discussion - Should BI Fall Under the Development Team?

Hi All,

 

Happy Friday! Hopefully this is an okay place to post this. I apologize if it's not, but wasn't sure where else it should go.

 

So to all you Power BI Pros out there, I'd like to know your thoughts on this topic. I had an interesting question come up of whether BI should fall under the dev manager (web dev). I have my opinions, but I always like to source other thoughts on topics like this because opions are based on the person and I'm always open to changing mine after learning what other people think; however, my initial seach turned up dry so I turned to you all for help.

 

Here's some info to get an understanding about our environment as I'm sure the answer might be situational:

  • BI is a new concept here and we're building at an incredibly rapid pace with positive feedback like you wouldn't believe.
  • There has been a lot of attention on BI projects from executives and company leaders with exponentially increasing demand.
  • Our roadmap is very focused on utilizing Microsoft products: Power BI, Power Apps, MS Flow, Azure, Dynamics, etc.
  • We have a lot of resources invested including a premium license.
  • Plans for dataflows, CDM, NLP, forecasting, sentiment analysis, predictive analytics, etc.
  • We have many analysts outside of IT with varying level of expertise.

And to expand on my inital question of should BI be under the dev manager:

  • Would someone hired in as a BI Engineer or BI related role be offended that they are under the dev team?
  • What issues do you see happening or have you ran into with this hypothical situation?
  • What positive results could come out of putting BI under development?

I really appreciate your opinions. Thank you in advance! 🙂

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v-lid-msft
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Hi @PANDAmonium ,

 

As far as I am concerned, I think it has positive effect to speed up development of BI.

 

As you know, Power BI is a powerful BI solution, the basic usage is enough and easy to use, but you can develop customize visual, connector, Template App, embed report in your own website or application and many other advanced feature. I noticed that you have premium licencse, so optimize data model and calculated columns and tables are also important to reduce the workloads.

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Dong Li
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@kentyler 

Would all the potential requests/needs for BI work go through the dev manager ?  Would they all be about the web ?

Or would there be multiple "customers" for the results of working with BI and would a person who could answer for all the BI resources be a better gateway to have them go through.

No, seperate project boards and seperate requests. Probably the latter.

 

It sounds like you have a dev (web) manager now, and want to use them to handle this new sphere of activity.

If there are other internal customers they could eventually end up being a choke point.

The other question would be is does the dev manager understand enough about BI to manage the BI resources ? 

No they are purely web dev, but very competent, reliable, proven, and trusted within dev, IT, and the company. For the most part, BI runs independently.

 

So the thing to understand is that where I am for decades there has always just been dev and infrastructure. BI is a completely new concept and with the few reports we have out there it's catching on fast. So very early on there is a demand for more projects and resources to be dedicate towards this against the current constantly expanding backlog. The only person with experience and allocated towards BI has worked here for a couple months and that's when Power BI work started so despite the current rapid success, recognition, expertise, and vision they haven't been here long enough and there probably isn't enough of a proven track record at least that's my guess. So is it better to entrust such an import platform to someone that recently started but has expertise or give it to someone that has long standing and proven record in the company, but lacks the expertise. BTW I'm not the one making the decision, but I am influencing it. I was hoping to approach it from their unbiased view when asking the question to see how the community would respond to them vs someone with an obvious bias. Or if I should simply accept their plan which is currently for giving it to the dev manager.

 

From your reply, I put more thought into whether it'll be a chokepoint. It'll probably be good for me to find out whether they want the dev manager to also manage the BI project board, and further the discussion from there. Maybe that'll be a good indication of whether they should be separate or together. But it also makes me question if dev projects will take precedence over BI projects in that scenario. Thanks!

 

@v-lid-msft 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you are talking about using Power BI as a tool to replace some of the development work. It's definitely something I've thought about, using dataflows, CDM, and Azure AS to optimize the data then integrating it with Power Apps, Flow, and other tools. And assigning work around templates, custom visuals and connectors for reusability of apps and parts simplifying the process to where the business, not just IT, can build both apps and reports. It's definitely somewhere I'd like to get us to, but I believe BI is way too far in the early stages here to even mention that idea and will be met by resistance including added resistance towards other BI plans. Though before your comment, I did not put two and two together and assumed BI and dev would always run in parallel. It's an interesting thought, and I'll definitely have to remember it for the future 🙂 Thank you!

Perhaps you can strike an intermediate course.

For now put the real authority in the hands of the dev manager but have him hand off as much as possible to the BI person.

Give the BI person some additional training.

If the BI person can handle the new work and responds well to the training, then give them some authority of their own.

If that goes well then move BI out from the dev manager to the BI person who by then will be better trained, and have more of a reputation within the company.





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kentyler
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Would all the potential requests/needs for BI work go through the dev manager ?  Would they all be about the web ?

Or would there be multiple "customers" for the results of working with BI and would a person who could answer for all the BI resources be a better gateway to have them go through.

It sounds like you have a dev (web) manager now, and want to use them to handle this new sphere of activity.

If there are other internal customers they could eventually end up being a choke point.

The other question would be is does the dev manager understand enough about BI to manage the BI resources ? 

Interesting question

 





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