Can everyone be a data scientist?

Recently, Ted Friedman asked on Twitter:

Ted Friedman tweet

Ted is a long-time Gartner analyst and his knowledge of Information Management is second to none. So I can only assume that he is trying to get a reaction with this question, because, to my mind, there can be only one answer and it is certainly not “nirvana”!

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[Partner showcase] Beautiful tailor-made dashboards from Analysis Factory

Around the world with DecisionPointThere are so many organizations out there doing awesome things with DecisionPoint™, so every now and then we can’t help but share this on the blog.

From operational dashboards to multi-lingual mobile sales dashboards, from California to Sydney, the Netherlands to Florida, DecisionPoint™ is there to help organizations get critical business information into the hands of the business people who need it.

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The Data Vault: Top 6 data articles, 17-24 August

The Data Vault - 17-24 August

Want to deliver better business intelligence? Check out this article from Norm Katz at Composite Apps and learn how.

Curious as to why telcos must turn big data into smart data to manage customer churn and loyalty? First Post’s got the low-down.

Or are you wondering how colleges are using Big Data this autumn?

This list of the best data articles of the past week gives you answers to the questions above, plus a few more, giving you the knowledge boost you need at the beginning of the week.

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[Guest blog] Improving the relationship between IT and the business to deliver better BI

Norm Katz, Composite AppsNorm Katz is Head of Sales, Marketing, & Business Development at Composite Apps, a professional service organization dedicated to improving enterprise operations through the consumerization of enterprise software and BI platforms.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that the guys at Antivia have written extensively on BI user adoption and why organizations need to focus on increasing this if they’re to make the most of their BI investment.

I completely agree that adoption rates have to increase, and I think the team at Composite Apps have figured out the formula to make it happen.

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The Data Vault: Top 11 data articles, 10 – 17 August

Data articles, August

 

Wondering how Big Data has changed utilities?

Or why it’s so important to increase business intelligence adoption rates?

Or how the amazing insights from video are changing the world?

We’ve packed all this and more into this week’s data article roundup. Enjoy!

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Mastering dashboard design: how to become a DecisionPoint™ wizard

magicLooking to become an expert DecisionPoint™ designer in no-time? You’ve come to the right place.

A dashboard designer has to think of everything – how do I manage the underlying data, how do I lay out the dashboard, which components do I need, what do I do if I have multiple datasets, how can I make the software do exactly what I want?

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BI adoption: why it’s so important to increase adoption rates

Information appsAt Antivia, we’re passionate about BI user adoption. We believe it is the single most important metric to measure the success of a business intelligence project.

The reason for this is simple: it doesn’t matter how good a dashboard, report or visualization looks or how efficiently it conveys information if no one uses it. There’s no way you can become a data-driven organization if business people don’t want to or aren’t able to use the business information provided to them.

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Delivering information apps: how to add app-like functions to your dashboard

Information appsThe information app is a new breed of business intelligence that gets critical business information into the hands of front-line workers in your organization. An information app is easy to use and requires no training, so business users can easily get the data they need to do their jobs more efficiently – just like an app on a smart phone.

With DecisionPoint™, developing these information apps is simple, requires no coding, and business users love working with them. It makes it possible for business users to get answers to questions faster, and it helps them make the right data-driven decisions.

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Make NetSuite go further – put critical business information into the hands of those who need it most

NetSuite dashboard solutionIf you’re a NetSuite customer, you’ve probably already realized how much it helps you in your day-to-day business. It helps you cut your IT costs, reduces your financial month-end close time and improves your quote-to-cash cycle times. But, today, is your business facing other new pressures to cut lead times, adapt to omnichannel, grow market share in spite of increased competition or sustain profit margins in the face of volatile global raw material and energy prices?

If so, do people across your organization have all the information they need to stay on top of the change happening around them? Are they frustrated when they are forced to make decisions based on gut rather than facts?

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Mastering filters: how to add sophisticated filtering behaviors to your dashboard

Filtering componentsFiltering is a fundamental requirement of most dashboards, as it allows a business user to change the data they are viewing dynamically, for example by month, product group or year.

DecisionPoint™ makes it easy to dashboard designers to get started with filters, but offers a whole lot more for the advanced user that sets it apart from the crowd. Below are four videos that take you from basics through to creating sophisticated filtering behaviors in DecisionPoint™ dashboards, ensuring your dashboards provide your users with the information they need to answer the questions that matter most to your business.

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