Many products today—including full business intelligence platforms, stand-alone dashboard programs, visualization tools, and analytics tools—tout self-service dashboards. For some vendors, that means that the dashboard is built and ready to go and you can go ahead and start drilling down and applying filters. To some vendors that means you can “open the box” and build […]
In everyday language, a quandary is like a dilemma—a perplexing situation or state, a choice between evenly balanced alternatives, a predicament defying satisfactory solution. Sometimes thought of as the lesser of two evils, a quandary must be analyzed carefully and all of the impacts uncovered before making a decision. How better to analyze which course […]
Gartner predicts that by 2017, more than 30 per cent of enterprise access to broadly based big data will be via intermediary data broker services. Many of these proprietary databases come with their own visualization tool. But what if you want to put some of this data into the context of your business? How can […]
What is data discovery? Is it something real or is it just another in a long string of buzzwords invented by marketers to instill a new need for their product or differentiate it from the competition? No, this time it’s real. But it’s hard to give a precise definition.
All too often, you hear about companies that have an enterprise business intelligence platform, yet it is eschewed by users in favor of personal, home-grown applications for some or all of their reporting and analysis needs. Why is that, why is it a problem, and how do you prevent it?
On one hand, you hear that business intelligence is huge and complex, costs a fortune, and is totally out of the grasp of small to medium-sized businesses. On the other hand, some vendors are saying, “Download this BI software and start using it now with no help from anyone.” Who is right? Well, as with […]
As intellectual as we may be, as right-brained or left-brained, as analytical or instinctive as we are, nearly all of us are visual creatures. Bright colors, bold shapes, and jagged lines catch our eyes before we even know what we are looking at or if we are the least bit interested in it. So it […]
Business intelligence is used to develop insights into your business for better, faster decision making for greater profitability. BI is used in both the financial and operational arenas to track, measure, and manage results as well as ongoing processes by aggregating hundreds, thousands, or even millions of data points and presenting them in a way […]