Businesses in every segment of the industry are now looking at their business model and processes from different perspectives in order to survive or thrive.
This list of the best business intelligence and data articles from last week contains articles on how to transform your business using data (via InfoWorld), why IT needs to adapt to Big Data (via Capgemini) and the Pulse of BI 2015 survey.
With the pace of modern business changing faster than ever we want to take a look at which business intelligence technologies people are turning to to help them adapt and stay ahead. That’s why we’re launching the Pulse of BI 2015 survey. And we want you to take part.
The battle for attention is a big part of the success of any dashboard. As Mico Yuk says, “the only metric that matters in BI is user adoption” – if your dashboard isn’t used, it doesn’t matter how good it looks or how efficiently is conveys information.
So how do you design a dashboard that resonates with your business users and increases engagement and adoption?
“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data,” said Daniel Keys Moran.
Our weekly roundup of the best business intelligence and data articles gives you the insights you need to deal with your data better, like this one from diginomica on making Big Data smaller, this one from Small Business Trends on how and why data will save small business and this one on how SMEs can maximize the value of their business data. So you can have your data, your information and a knowledge boost to help you move forward.
Why can’t it be this easy to access our business data too?
With the rise of cloud based business systems (accounting, CRM, customer support) smaller organizations now have immediate, easy, low-cost access to the same range of transactional systems that larger organizations have enjoyed for years.
Unfortunately when it comes to getting a deeper understanding of the data these systems capture, the story can be rather different.
Hopefully it’s less scary than Friday 13th…
And, more than that, I think it points a way to the future of dashboards as we use them in our businesses.
Recently Gartner made a prediction about the BI market saying that “by 2017, most business users and analysts in organizations will have access to self-service tools to prepare data for analysis”.
Given the current heading of the BI market, I strongly suspect they are right. However, I am not convinced that this is a good thing. Let me explain why.