DSI is a very ambitious project to dramatically enhance information for decision support across the university. The traditional approach to systems development, with its high coordination costs between functional experts and system developers and lengthy build times, simply won't work. Addressing the aforementioned problems, DSI has successfully adopted a framework in delivering intelligence to decision makers at IU. This framework consists of tools, standards, workflow methodologies and quality assurance measures. Following are the salient features of this framework:
To accomplish as much as possible, we use Agile BI. The Agile BI methodology focuses on providing new functionality to customers sooner than the traditional process, which delivers only the final product. With Agile BI, the requirements and design phases overlap with development, making for faster delivery.
Additionally, DSI will necessitate rethinking who owns data and under what terms it can be accessed. We cannot be successful without rethinking policy-compliant ways to access and appropriately use data that span functional areas, schools, and campuses. By ensuring this accuracy and transparency, DSI aims to build trust and reputation among IU's community.