DSI is a very ambitious project intended to dramatically enhance the availability and timeliness of information needed for decision support across the university. Achieving this can be challenging when using the traditional approach to systems development with its high coordination costs between functional experts & system developers and lengthy build times. DSI has successfully adopted a framework to address these challenges, consisting of tools, standards, workflow methodologies and quality assurance measures.
The goal of Agile BI is to deliver high-quality, valued products while reducing the time to deliver. The focus is on rapidly adapting to change and continuous improvement. Agile BI consists of agile architectures, agile team structures, and agile development methods. The Agile BI method focuses on delivering increments of BI functionality in smaller manageable units with short iterative development cycles.
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.