Recently completed Power bi implementation for a client successfully and following are the top 7 factors that lead to a successful Power Bi report implementation ( as per our team’s experience).
Microsoft Power Bi is a powerful but relatively easier tools for developing business intelligence ( BI), but for a successful implementation of Power Bi project we need to be bit more careful and should have proper planning in place.
- Proper requirement analysis and design: This is cliché but still important. We have to spend a good amount of time on requirement analysis, still there would be some minor design changes comes up after we initiate report development.
- Customer reviews at different stages: It is not just during requirement analysis phase, but your team need to include customer reps ( or business users ) during requirement analysis, design, testing and UAT phases as well.
- Customer Sign off on design: This is very important if you want to stay within your budget. There are situations where customers might ask for design changes, that would change everything and shoot up your implementation cost.
- Ensure data correctness: While testing the reports for accuracy you would realize data mismatches and lack of master data. This will make it tough for you to prove your reports are accurate.
- Consider Testing time: If you haven’t prepared test cases for reports in the beginning, you would ended up spending lot of time on testing and eat up your budget.
- Ensure management Involvement: There would be situations where business users hesitate to test Power Bi reports in time or use the reports at all. In such situations make sure you have to reach out to the management to make everyone is serious about their Power bi implementation.
- Evaluate Hourly rate vs Fixed-bid billing: While most of the clients prefer fixed-bid billing, there are customers who are comfortable with hourly rate billing too ( once you convince the benefits). If the client is not very ‘IT savy’ they may take lot of time to finish reviews, testing and approvals that would delay your project and you would ended up in loss.
Hope this helps someone implementing Power Bi reports for their clients. Fee free to comment your thoughts, ideas and questtions.