Why business users need interactive dashboards they can just pick up and use without training

Business man with smartphone and tabletIn the previous article in this series we discussed why a modern information delivery platform should enable non-programmers to create interactive dashboards and information applications to enable you to keep pace with the changing needs of your business.

However, regardless of how quickly you’re able to create and deliver information throughout your organization, it is equally important that business people are able to access and use this information as easily as they can use a mobile or web app in their non-work life.

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Enable non-programmers to create the information apps business people need

In our last article we looked at why organizations need strong information delivery capabilities in addition to analysis as part of a well-rounded, modern BI portfolio to help them become truly data-driven.

Here, we look at the first of the capabilities that we believe you should look for in a modern information delivery platform.

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The emergence of the modern information delivery platform

Information deliveryA recent Gartner report: “Predicts 2016: Changes Coming in How We Buy Business Analytics Technology” refreshingly acknowledged the emergence of a number of BI and analytics platforms that are more focused on information delivery than analysis, which demonstrates market momentum towards including information delivery alongside analysis within the modern BI portfolio.

This trend will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog, as at Antivia we’ve been pushing the cause of the regular business user, the end consumer of information delivery, 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 around 20% for the past decade.

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How to make app-like BI a reality

App-like BIMost business users need sophisticated interactive dashboards or information apps to answer the questions that matter the most to them.

Think about it – if you have a smart phone, you probably use several apps a day. Emails, social media, fitness tracking, online banking and shopping, checking the weather… the list goes on. And all these activities have one thing in common – you access, interact and use them without really thinking about it.

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How to create business insights from your data on a limited budget

Data jumbleIf your company has data stored in ERP, CRM, accounting, manufacturing, logistics, inventory, you-name-it systems, but you are struggling to derive value from this data, then you’re not alone.

Perhaps you are a small company that doesn’t have the skills in-house to transform this data into useful information and can’t afford to pay expensive third party resources to do the work for you. Or perhaps you work at a larger organization where it takes too long for your IT team to respond to your requirements.

However, the good news is if you are able to export the data from your business system into an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV (comma separated values) file, you’re well on your way to being able to deliver business insights to your whole organization – without breaking the bank.

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2015: What the analysts had to say

mobile app SSAs we reach the holiday season it’s only natural to reflect back on the year, and 2015 has undoubtedly been a good year for Antivia.

Along with celebrating DecisionPoint™ For Excel’s first birthday last month, we’ve seen continued strong growth across our product line and we are enjoying increased coverage from key industry analysts and commentators.

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Christmas Travel Plans? Check the Flight Delay dashboard before you go!

Flightdelay, summary_ssFlying home through LaGuardia or LAX? You might be better off driving. At least that’s what the numbers in our interactive flight data dashboard indicate.

We’ve based the dashboard on public flight delay data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. It includes metrics for more than 50 major US airports and 17 airlines, and is a bid to help Christmas travelers get home on time.

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How usage auditing enables you to maximize your BI investment

Deliver information to everyone in your businessTo realize the value from the vast amounts of data our organizations capture, we need to transform it into useful information and then deliver it to our front-line workers so they can answer the questions that matter most to them.

But when you are delivering information to such a wide and potentially geographically dispersed audience, how do you know if people are taking advantage of the information to make better-informed decisions?

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Why it’s time to say goodbye to Flash-based dashboards

Broken Flash2015 has been a bad year for Adobe’s Flash technology. It started in January, when YouTube dropped Flash in favor of HTML5 for its default video player.

In July, Mozilla Firefox announced it would be blocking Flash due to bugs in the technology that was being targeted by hackers and in September, the UK national broadcaster, BBC, started migrating all of its on-demand content from Flash. In October, Apple actively started blocking older versions of Flash on its MacOS and several other high-profile companies, including Facebook, joined the joined the call to kill Flash.

As we’ve said before, this is bad news for Xcelsius users.

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[Customer Success Story] Helping K-12 public education schools become more efficient

DecisionPoint For Excel pinAs we continue to celebrate DecisionPoint™ For Excel’s first year and its growing success, I recently caught up with Ali Taylan at Gibson Consulting Group.

Gibson started using DecisionPoint™ For Excel in December last year to solve complex efficiency problems within the K-12 public education sector in the US.

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