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Time consuming reporting

Modern_Times 150x150Business Intelligence provides nowadays complex and expensive software focused on helping in the decision making process. When organizations can access to this tools, the information available for operational managers is not always suited to their problems. The desire of leaders of developing autonomy for their decision-makers it’s not satisfied.

In addition, if these tools allow to manipulate the data, we cannot avoid the fact that the decision process is place of confrontations between cognition, ignorance, emotion and the context is also important. That is precisely the reason why the support to the decision making process is based on the individual experience and the opinion and subjectivity necessary to bring the methodology to the managers.

We are aware, everyday, that this process of decision making, its implementation and management, generates an abundant reporting; which is time consuming and often unusable due to the use of a wide variety of supports and media (Mails, spreadsheets, text editors, media presentations, telephone, videoconference, etc). Some studies1 have exposed that European managers spend more time reporting than managing their people.

Towards a practical Business Intelligence

Modern_Times2 150x150Finally, caught in action and lack of methodology:

  • It is difficult for decision-makers to stop and explain the choices and objectives.
  • Sometimes the actions formulated are inadequate and overstaffed
  • Coordination of actions is burdened by a significant and time-consuming reporting.
  • Conditioning management tools limit the action and ultimately the objectives are not always achieved.

Today, unmet needs remain:

  • Share a methodological approach to facilitate decision making and to enhance and facilitate its implementation.
  • Optimize reporting simplifying information sharing and so free up some time to the actors.
  • Count with simple management tools, flexible and customizable

Will management 2.0 fill these gaps? Management 2.02 is the application of collaborative technologies, outcome of the Web 2.0, in different management issues such as:

  • Collection and processing of information.
  • Creativity
  • Decision making
  • Problems solving
  • Investments choices

These recent years, we see also the emergence of Web 2.0 management solutions, accessible, with promising methodologies, no requirements of experience and generic enough to be used in different areas of the company.

They offer the possibility to:

  • Combine individuals’ intelligence without, necessarily, bringing them together.
  • Enhance the decision making process by providing elements from the field.
  • Optimize reporting.
  • Facilitate the choices for increase efficiency in action.

Will the contribution of these collaborative management tools to the organizations, promote the results logic and limit the unnecessary tensions between actors? We think so! What do you think?

English Translation by Paula Andrea Gómez Gutiérrez (web marketing – Advanseez)

Photo Source : From flickr By Alex Eylar

  1. OBSERVATOIRE CEGOS (2010), Étude sur « Les pratiques managériales en Europe », nov. 2010 []
  2. FRÉRY F. (2010), «Le management 2.0 ou la fin de l’entreprise ?» []

About Christophe Hervé

Christophe Hervé, co-founder and CEO Advanseez has acquired a multifaceted academic managerial and entrepreneurial experience. With a biochemistry degree, he quickly evolved into operational management functions that led him to attend HEC and ESCP Europe. Passionate about human sciences, new technologies in mankind service, and not the opposite, he became expert in Management 2.0. @Herve_Chris

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