Many of the top consultants in the Agile community have found a home at Net Objectives. Some are well-known, such as Al Shalloway, Israel Gat, and Ken Pugh because they have a long history of blogging and have written several books. But half of our staff is at this same level – they just haven’t been as prolific in writing. In fact, the top two-thirds of our staff have an average of over 30 years of experience. You can be assured that the people who work with you know their stuff. I fact, many of them literally “wrote the book” on leading Agile and Lean practices.
Real-time BI can help support instant decision-making, which is necessary, for example, if a company sells clothing online. The company's website and representatives at the company's call center need to have the same up-to-the-minute data regarding inventory levels so if a customer places an order and a particular size or color is sold out, the customer can be notified and redirected to another, similar item. A real-time approach isn’t required for every part of a company's business, however. Most BI users can meet their business goals by looking at weekly or monthly business performance numbers and long-term trends such as year-over-year comparisons. Similarly, finance groups aren’t likely to require real-time data to analyze financial metrics or compare actual budgets to forecasts.
Research your prospective employer. Acme Manufacturing, with it’s generic products and cardboard cutout employees is gone like Mayberry--if it ever existed in the first place. In its stead are highly competitive niche players that have their own peculiar structures and workforce demands. Identify the company (or companies) you want to work for, then research and identify the workplace environment and business philosophies that drive that company. Start your research with the company’s web presence. Glean additional insight from archived news articles, Dun and Bradstreet (check your library) and analysts’ reports (if the company’s stock is publicly traded).