Two rays of hope from Howard Dresner’s Wisdom of the Crowds

rays of hopeLast week, Howard Dresner, a long-time BI analyst and the person who, back in 1989, coined the modern use of the term Business Intelligence, posted to his blog on Sand Hill an article which, at least to my mind, contained two of the best pieces of news about BI I have heard for a long, long time. These were the following quotes from his “Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence Market Study”:


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“Should everyone have access to self-service data integration?”

data scientistAlmost as soon as I had published my last post (speaking up for forgotten business intelligence users), I saw the following question in a tweet from industry analyst, Wayne Eckerson (@weckerson):

“Should everyone have access to self-service data integration?”

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[Guest Post] 4 Reasons Why DecisionPoint Offers a Better Way Forward from SAP Dashboards

Ryan GoodmanThis is a guest blog post by Ryan Goodman, CEO and founder of CMaps Analytics and author of probably more SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) than anyone else on the planet.

Last week on Twitter, I noticed some slides from an ASUG webinar offering the community an updated vision and way forward from SAP Dashboards to SAP DesignStudio.

While the SAP Dashboards product has a few more years of official support, most folks know that SAP is putting its weight behind the recently announced Lumira and Design Studio convergence.

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Speaking up for forgotten business intelligence users 

There seems to be a conspiracy in the Business Intelligence (BI) world to ignore the needs of the large majority of users in an organization, namely most of the business users!

I don’t for a minute think this is deliberate. But, it is a significant oversight in a world where getting information to EVERYONE should have become a basic requirement of doing business.

In listening to the commentary around the market, you would be forgiven for thinking that the only capabilities that matter any more are: Continue reading

4 Examples of Putting Data to Work Across Your Business

4 information appsIf you are looking for ways to put your data to work across your organization, then let these 4 example interactive dashboards / information applications inspire you.

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12 key capabilities of a modern information delivery platform

App-like BIHaving access to the right information empowers business people to perform to the best of their ability. For regular business users – our sales people, warehouse managers, call center team leaders, the executive team – who are often time-poor, this means you need to package up information for them in a way they can just pick up and use, so they can get quick answers to their most important questions.

At Antivia, we’ve been pushing the cause of the regular business user for many years. Lack of focus on what regular business users need is one of the reasons we believe that BI adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly at around 20% for the past decade.
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Handling Big Data: How to balance fast response times and large data volumes

data-balanceDuring this series, we’ve looked at some key requirements of a modern information delivery platform. This series wouldn’t be complete without writing a word or two on the subject of Big Data.

With the growing popularity of Big Data projects, it is important to remember that the full value of Big Data is only realized when you transform it into business insight and get it into the hands of the people who need it, across your organization.

This requires an interface onto Big Data that is both intuitive and responsive, so business users can quickly navigate these large data sets to reach important information that help drive their daily activities.

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What enterprise features does your BI platform need to support a wide scale deployment?

Throughout this series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform we’ve focused on 2 common threads:

  • Non-programmers need an easy way to create the kind of interactive dashboards and information applications today’s business users want to use
  • Business users must be able to pick-up and use these dashboards and applications without training to guarantee high adoption rates

Once you’ve solved these 2 challenges, one of the final hurdles to overcome in your quest to become a data-driven organization is scalability.  You need to be sure that you can get information into the hands of everyone who needs it without having to overcome technology and cost barriers.

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4 business intelligence lessons from our customers

We were delighted to welcome customers from 3 continents to the UK last week for Antivia’s first Customer Advisory Day. The day was split into a mixture of presentations and interactive discussions. The interactive discussions generated many interesting thoughts and ideas, which has lead me to share with you 4 lessons that I took away from the day: Continue reading

Why you need to get your measures right to get a handle on business performance

ReceivablesSuccessful business intelligence (BI) projects are those that start by defining the business problem they are trying to solve or goal they want to achieve (e.g. we want to increase sales by 10% this fiscal year).

Out of this you will then look at the business questions you need to answer to support your objective (e.g. how are sales performing across different territories?). From this will flow the numbers you need to see to answer these questions (e.g. booked revenue, number of sales, forecast revenue, etc). Continue reading