Friday, February 10, 2017

Want to be a Hero?

If so, follow these simple steps to gain more visibility from your business leaders, and to demonstrate more value to your boss.

Sound good?

Ok, let's get started...

Step 1.

Go here and read how to obtain the DB2 Web Query EZ-Install.  Please be sure that you understand the pre-requisites and instructions before proceeding with the installation process.

Step 2.

Try out some of the reports included in the package.  Get familiar with the features, functions and graphical elements represented in the examples.  Step back and look at the capabilities in a broad and expansive way.  Think about what might be possible.  Now, determine what reports best exhibit positive characteristics and attributes that will resonate with your business leaders.  You want to illicit a "wow!, we can do that?" response.

Step 3.

Identify one or more key business leaders who you believe need or want more timely and insightful information.  Focus on the idea of providing new and different insight, in new and different ways, visually.  Make an appointment to demonstrate what you have in the package.  You want 30 to 60 minutes of uninterrupted time.  Your goal is to show the potential of providing a lot more capability, effectively, by using new tools and new techniques.  Ultimately, you are seeking a green light to pursue a proof-of-concept or proof-of-technology using your own business' data to solve a real problem.  And if they ask a question, such as: "can we incorporate weather data or ask Watson a question", answer "yes!".

Step 4.

Do the demo.  Show off.  Be positive.  Represent your ability to show real value.  After the demonstration has completed, thank the business leader(s) for his or her time and attention.  Declare that you will be following up with them to determine the next steps (for the proof), and that you look forward to working together in the near future.  Leaders do not ask for permission.  Be a leader.


Now that you have illuminated what is possible and easily achievable, keep up the momentum.  Define, design and initiate a meaningful project to do more with your data.  Team up with the business leader to provide him or her with more insight and information.  Be their partner.

To minimize the technical and financial risks, while simultaneously increasing the probably of success, reach out to me or Doug Mack.

We can provide all manner of direction, guidance and assistance with turning your data into actionable information.  This includes preparing you for that all important first demonstration and initial impression.

Fundamentally, we are here to help you succeed, and to make you a hero!

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