See These 2 Sales Information Apps in Action

Thats the spiritToday, I want to share with you a short video snippet from a webinar we ran earlier this week. The webinar looked at how information applications can empower sales teams with access to the information they need to drive higher levels of performance.

The video shows 2 examples of sales-focused information applications: Continue reading

[Partner showcase] Marketing information apps from Culture of Insight

marketingOur friends at Culture of Insight have created a DecisionPoint™ gallery to showcase how they transform hard-to-read market research data into engaging information apps that help their clients to understand their businesses more effectively. Culture of Insight works with over 25 of the UK’s top media businesses, building simple apps that enhance the influence and value of market research data, taking it out of boring slide decks or tables and into a more engaging dynamic format. Continue reading

Why Information Apps are the Key to High BI Adoption Rates

PendulumOver the past 20 years or so, when it comes to deciding the best way to ensure business people have fingertip access to the information they need to make decisions, the pendulum has swung repeatedly between 2 extremes.

On the one hand, you have what you might call do-it-yourself, self-service BI and, on the one hand, centrally produced reports and dashboards. And, whilst the technology has moved on and undoubtedly improved, still neither approach has been successful in reaching the full, diverse set of decision makers within our organizations. Continue reading

Check out this example information application

Peak RecruitmentWe talk a lot in this blog about information applications and why they are the ideal way for the majority of business people in our organizations to consume information.

We explain why they should be task-focused, require no training to use and yet provide the flexibility to answer multiple business questions. And, we give examples from the consumer world of the types of interface we should be aiming for with our information applications. Continue reading

Self-service BI requires more than generic data exploration tools

gas station In a recent blog post: “The Myth of Self-Service Analytics“, data visualization expert Stephen Few took BI vendors to task for their use of the term “self-service”. He opened with the remark: “Exploring and analyzing data is not at all like pumping your own gas”.

The pumping gas analogy is one I like. It is also one I have used myself for some time. The earliest example I could find being this slide from a presentation I gave back in 2013: Continue reading

Calculating the cost of moving to a new BI tool

BI Tool Switch ROI Calculator - AssumptionsIt’s funny. As business intelligence professionals we spend our lives trying to encourage a data-driven decision making culture within our organizations.

But, at the end of the day, we’re all human, and we’re as prone as anyone else to making decisions based on gut feel rather than facts.

A common example I see of this is when it comes to considering replacing an existing business intelligence product. The current product may be old and cumbersome. It may take an age to create new content with this tool. Maintaining existing content may be onerous and time-consuming. And, all of this may require specialist skills. Continue reading

Google’s Olympic Self-Service BI Lesson

Google Olympics Rio 2016For a lesson in how to deliver Self-Service BI to the majority of people in your organization, you could do worse than to look at how Google is serving up information for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If you search Google for an Olympic event or sport (e.g. try typing in Olympic Swimming), you get back a thoughtfully designed, mini information app. Continue reading

Summer Reading. Antivia’s most popular business intelligence posts of 2016

Summer ReadingWith the summer vacation season upon us, we felt it was time for reflection, so we’ve taken a look at some of the most popular posts on this blog so far in 2016.

We start with the 3 posts that have attracted the most interest this year: Continue reading

What you need to know about information applications

4 information appsInformation applications are a new way of delivering information to front-line decision-makers to enable them to answer their immediate and follow-up questions and to guide them in their daily activities.

Donald MacCormick recently explained that: Information applications look a lot like interactive dashboards, but they also look a lot like the web and mobile ‘applications’ we use every day (on-line banking, on-line weather, on-line stocks and shares, … in fact, pretty much anything we do on-line in our non-work lives). Interfaces we can use almost without thinking and certainly without any training or documentation.”

This no need for training is critical, because, as we’ve said before, end-user training is a sure-fire killer of BI adoption and BI project success. Continue reading