Even more successful startups with longer term vision may find at this point that the systems that they had originally implemented no longer satisfy the demands put on them.
While all this has been going on, the company realizes that because of the customer demand, they have to increase their workforce. This usually means that the local bank is no longer a viable option for payroll processing and a new HR system is required.
Over time, the number of disparate systems implemented at the organization increases at an alarming rate.
All of this probably, has been happening without any data management oversight. Reporting from these non homogeneous systems becomes a nightmare. There is no robust reporting strategy. If the company decides to go public with an IPO, they now have to adhere to strict reporting mandated by SEC or the government. In addition, at this point the market landscape has changed dramatically. The innovative idea that originally launched the business has been copied and successfully implemented by others. Now is the time for the organization to implement sound strategies to gain competitive advantages over their competitors. Early market penetration only goes so far.
An obvious solution is a decision support and business intelligence system. But the number of disparate systems, integration points, applications and manual processes are so huge that the implementation of any cohesive roadmap for an Enterprise Reporting and Business Intelligence solution becomes a daunting task.
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