Purdue’s “business intelligence” improvement examined in latest OIRAE briefing

Data without context is essentially useless. Providing context and inferring meaning, known as business intelligence (BI), helps shape decisions that lead to institutional change.

Over the past three years, Purdue has continually improved its BI practices, resulting in an above-average score for its BI maturity as compared to the rest of the Big 10

According to the latest briefing from the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE), Purdue’s average score for BI maturity, spanning themes like data management and scope of data, is 3.8 while the Big 10’s is 3.7 and four-year public institutions with 10,000 or more students is 3.3.

A public forum on the report will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in Rawls Hall, Room 2082

Purdue, over the years, has added self-service tools, such as Cognos and Tableau, to make data more accessible and better understood and visualized. It also fortified its cross-campus community of analysts through the BI Advisory Committee and its sister committees, Student Reporting Governance, Finance and Human Resources Advisory, Data Managers and Dashboard Standards.

Most campus data analysts feel informed of what’s happening with BI centrally, but not necessarily within academic units, according to the OIRAE report. They also thought there was opportunity to improve data integration, data quality and data training. Senior leadership felt similarly when surveyed.

The briefing concludes that there is room for improvement in the management and collection of data and that policies and practices should be more fully institutionalized, from central data units to academic ones.

To read May’s briefing visit:

Writer: Kirsten Gibson, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8190, gibson33@purdue.edu

Last Updated: June 16, 2017

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