No matter what industry you’re in, or the size of the budget there are a few tips that will definitely improve your chances of getting funding for your BI project approved in the upcoming budget cycle.
In almost every instance, preparing a business case is necessary, but the format is relatively flexible. Whether it is presented in an email, spreadsheet, or in a meeting, these tips will help you win project funding approval. Here, we’ve got some tips on how you can pull a solid business case for your BI project together.
Whether it’s your boss, or your bosses’ boss that is approving budgets, you must illustrate how your proposed project aligns with strategic goals. Make sure they understand how the proposed initiative helps you, or them, or their boss and the organization to hit priority objectives.
To do this: sell the dream – get clear on ‘the why’ to build a strong case on spending and be prepared to demonstrate why your project should get time and resources over others. Cover some of the predictable ‘why’s’ – as much as possible, and ensure these reasons tie to bottom-line benefits:
The best format for your business case is to lay out a reasonable argument. For that, you may need to present some objectivity – for example, by presenting a few alternatives for investment.
The best format for your funding request/argument is:
Budget planning usually takes three months; draft budgets are typically submitted 2.5 months in advance of a final cut, so you should have your business case presented at least two months ahead of the new financial period to have the best chance for funding approved in the upcoming budget cycle.
It can be difficult to win budget approval if your management team doesn’t fully understand business intelligence. So, it’s important to bring your justification back to what matters to the management team and the organization (money) and how your recommendation can deliver massive returns on investment (ROI) either in cost savings or profits.
For instance, using our recommended format, if there’s consistent issues related to gaining access to decision-making data, you would:
If you need assistance with a business case, Blueprint Intelligence can provide you with real-world examples of cost savings that can be attributed to healthy analytics. We also have free Health check that may help you quickly identify the root-cause of symptoms in the business so you can start to accurately address the issue; ask us for your free copy. And check out our $0 MINI BI Offer – a proof of concept or live demo with your data which will also help you get your project up and running.