Self-service BI – what does it mean and what do you need?

Self-service BIThere has been a lot of talk lately about self-service within our industry. Glen Rabie, Yellowfin CEO, has been saying that self-service data discovery isn’t what users need, and Alan Hart at Business2Community has been asking if data scientists are becoming obsolete in the wake of self-service.

Labels often only serve to confuse, and “self-service BI” is certainly one of those terms. The confusion arises because “self-service BI” means widely different things to different people.

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Best BI articles, 20 – 27 October

Best business intelligence articles, Oct

In a bid to help us all learn and keep up with the business intelligence industry we give you a list of the previous week’s top BI articles.

This week’s list includes articles from Datamation, ITWorld and BusinessSpectator and covers everything from cloud security to monster Big Data systems.

Are we missing any quality BI articles from last week? Feel free to add them to our list!

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BI Basics – BI in practice

Kamilla Nyegaard-LarsenMy name is Kamilla Nyegaard-Larsen. As someone new to the BI industry, last week I started a blog series looking at BI Basics. And where better to begin than by asking “What is business intelligence“?

However, now that we have an understanding of what BI is you may be thinking: “That’s all well and good, but how will this benefit me?”

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BI Basics – What is business intelligence?

Kamilla Nyegaard-Larsen, Antivia's Marketing Communication ExecutiveIt is easy to get lost in the business intelligence (BI) jungle. We constantly try to get more businesses to see the value in BI, which we all know there is, but in doing so we forget the fact that most people, even the ones looking to invest in it on behalf of their company, don’t even know what it is.

We talk about dashboards, storyboards, end-users, analytics, self-service, reports, Data Discovery and Big Data – enough to make anyone who doesn’t have a black belt in BI dizzy. And I haven’t even mentioned agile BI, mobile BI, cloud BI, no-coding BI, Excel dashboards, pivot tables, CSS3 or HTML5!

So what is business intelligence really?

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Best business intelligence articles, 6 – 13 October

Best business intelligence articles

As part of our new blog post series we will every Monday publish a list of top business intelligence articles of the past week, designed to broaden your BI horizon.

This week’s list, covering 6 to 13 October, includes articles from CloudTweaks, InformationWeek and ComputerWorld. Did you read any interesting BI articles last week? Feel free to add them to our list or share them with us in the comments!

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The most useful business intelligence hashtags to follow on Twitter

Business intelligence hashtags

As part of our new blog series we’re compiling a comprehensive list of the most useful business intelligence hashtags on Twitter. We’ve started the list but would love you to contribute too, by telling us which hashtags you use for valuable business intelligence insight. Please let us know in the comments or by adding you suggestions to our list, and let’s help each other gain more knowledge!

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Storyboards v dashboards – why SAP Lumira falls short for end-user BI

Interactive dashboardsData Discovery tools are perfect for analysts who spend their whole day looking at, visualizing and interpreting data. Then once these analysts find something noteworthy that they wish to share, they typically create a storyboard.

Storyboards are ideal for sharing the output of a Data Discovery exercise. But for the regular day-to-day information non-analyst business users need they are too inflexible, too one-dimensional and they don’t answer the second or third level questions that users typically have. In short, they are a pale shadow of a good interactive dashboard.

Yet, particularly in the SAP world, we are starting to see evidence of organizations being encouraged to use storyboards to deliver their day-to-day dashboards.

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Best business intelligence articles, 29 September – 6 October

Best business intelligence articles

As part of our new blog post series we will every Monday publish a list of top business intelligence articles of the past week, designed to broaden your BI horizon.

Our first list, covering 29 September to 6 October, includes articles from CGMA Magazine, Manufacturing Business Technology and EnterpriseApps Tech. Did you read any interesting BI articles last week? Feel free to add them to our list.

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Most influential women in business intelligence

Women in business intelligence
We are launching a new blog post series on the blog this week! Every Friday we will publish an interesting and exciting list to give you a different view on the world of business intelligence.

Kicking it all off is our list of most influential women in business intelligence. Agree with our picks? Hit like. Disagree or think someone else should be added to the list? Feel free to contribute and add them yourself.

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