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4 Key Testing Areas for Successful Business Intelligence Programs


BI is a technology driven process for analyzing data and presenting the reports, dashboards, etc. to the respective stakeholders, which assists in taking appropriate decisions to achieve organizational goals.

Enterprises often face difficulty in extracting the right information from the huge data packs available with them. While the Big Data Analytics helps in getting deeper and exploratory perspective of the sea of data available, Business Intelligence presents the data in a more structured and easily understandable way.

Benefits of Business Intelligence

  • Improved Productivity:
  • Accuracy
  • Customer Behaviour
  • Gain Competitive Intelligence
  • Decision Making:
  • Return on Investment (ROI)

Testing these BI applications is crucial for any organization as the credibility of the reports generated is important. It requires several steps of testing for ensuring a proper functioning.

Key Testing Areas

BI programs requires testing in the following four key areas:

  • Discovery or Knowledge Acquisition:

Acquiring knowledge of the identified data resources

Reviewing Data model, Data lineage and understand the Meta data

  • Test Authoring and Execution:

Creating test scripts that are repeatable and re-executable

Preparing Data Summary reports and Comparison reports between Sources and Target

  • Test Data Management:

Configuring Test environments to mimic prod configuration for effective performance testing

Preparing Test environments with larger data volumes and production quality data for accurate end to end testing.

  • Test Process Automation:

Automating the validation processes as much as possible

Building custom scripts (using SQLs/Unix scripts/VB/Java) for data validations

While there are several Business Intelligence applications readily available in the market, it requires lots of process and methodology to be followed to choose the best fit for an organization.

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