Product Description

Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Business Requirements, a CIOPages accelerator, is a comprehensive and industry-agnostic BI business requirements list. The BI Business Requirements matrix consists of complete data to insight value stream and help project teams jumpstart and accelerate the business requirements gathering process.

Business Intelligence Business Requirements

Business Intelligence Transformation Business Requirements

What does the BI requirements matrix include?

  • Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Business Requirements deliverable is a spreadsheet with a comprehensive set of business needs to transform BI function. Teams can easily customize these elements to each company’s unique needs.
  • The BI Software Requirements list is organized in several categories and encompasses the entire lifecycle view of data to the insight value stream.

What do I not get?

  • Business Intelligence Software Business Requirements is focused on business needs. Hence, it does not include Technical, Architecture, and Infrastructure Requirements.
  • The BI requirements matrix deliverable excludes typical Vendor RFP questions such as Vendor profile, pricing, deployment options, and licensing information, etc. ( offers a Vendor RFP template as a separate deliverable.)

What are Business Intelligence Software Requirements?

As we mentioned, Data Analytics and Business Intelligence business requirements span all critical functional areas of BI and DA. The broad scope of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Business Requirements List includes all aspects of BI from data management to dashboards.

What is the format of the Business Requirements?

Each of the requirements is in the “The systems shall <do something>…” format.
If you need to translate them into Agile Stories in the well-known form: “As a __________,  I want __________, so that _____________”, it is easy to do reframe the requirements. Please do let us know if you need any help.


  • As the Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Business Requirements is a digital product, there are absolutely NO Returns.
  • Depending on your industry, the type of BI and DA functions, processes and practices you follow, and the scope of your transformation, some of the requirements may not be relevant to you.
  • If you are a consultant or a consulting company, there is a different pricing, license, and terms.
  • Sold on an as-is basis and no warranties
  • This sale does not include implementation help or support. If you need professional services assistance, please contact us.
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Are these really “Business Requirements”?

Indeed these are REAL business needs and feature requests. Experienced consultants have conceptualized and created the BI Transformation Business Requirements List. The operational requirements encompass all critical areas of Business Intelligence and related functions.

How should we use the Business Intelligence Business Requirements deliverable?

More often than not, in every significant (and sometimes medium-sized) enterprise, a cross-functional team of business/technology/architecture teams spend countless hours in conference rooms trying to whiteboard and write business requirements from scratch. The more time they devote to the core and standard needs, the more likely they will miss out on something unique, accurate and relevant to the firm. Instead, using BI transformation business requirements, you can focus on what’s different and unique about your situation. That is, you can spend 90% of your time on 10% of the requirements that matter. And only 10% of your time on the 90% of elements that are table stakes.

But, our Company is Unique – will it fit us?

Of course, you are unique but not as unique as a unicorn!
We understand and acknowledge each company is slightly different regarding some capabilities as well as how they perform. However, while there may be divergence at the edges, there is a lot of convergence at the core of most firms. The differences may be in the relative emphasis on a few fundamental processes and absence or presence of specific requirements and workflows based on your unique needs.
Last but not least, we don’t expect our Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Systems Transformation Business Requirements (or any other matrix/template, in fact) to fit you 100%. We hope you to take this set of requirements as a straw model or a base set of elements, and use it as a springboard to achieve the level customization and specificity in business requirements you desire.

If you need professional services to tailor the requirements to your needs and capture your firm’s unique essence, we can help. Contact Us for Advisory Service details.

But, we have a BI Business Requirements Matrix already?

Well, in that case, either you can go with it, or if you need to validate and cross-reference, you will still find our business requirements matrix valuable. After all, the price is less than the one-hour of time spent on the combined brainpower assembled in the room.

What is my ROI?

The Value of Time Spent:

Typically, it takes a team of 5-7 associates to draft the set of business requirements.

  • A Product Manager
  • Business Analysts
  • BI and DA Functional Experts – 2 or 3 to represent the broad spectrum of areas.

You can multiply the average hourly cost of the team and the hours spent, and you’ll get the picture.

Opportunity Cost:

In addition to the time spent and the associated costs of drafting routine requirements, you also have to consider the opportunity cost.
By quickly adding/deleting/modifying the base set of requirements, it will allow you the luxury of spending the balance of your quality time in conceptualizing and crafting the unique and specific Business Requirements, which capture the essence of your company and its BI/DA practices, principles, and perspectives.
Of course, let’s not forget the “Day Job” each of the SMEs (subject matter experts) could be doing.


Instead of spending countless hours stretched across weeks or months, you can have a baseline of requirements in a couple of sittings. That helps you expedite and accelerate the transformation.