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

Using “BI on BI” to drive user adoption

Dashboard Usage AuditingThroughout this series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform we’ve seen why it is important that non-programmers are able to create new interactive dashboards and information applications to keep step with the pace of business change. We’ve also seen that to guarantee high adoption rates, business users should be able to pick up and use these dashboards and applications without training.

User adoption is key to a successful business intelligence project. If your goal is to empower people with the information they need to do their jobs, then one measure of success is how widely this information is used.

But, how do you measure user adoption?

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Why We Love Data Blending and Merging (And You Should, Too!)

data-mergeWhen the data your business users need resides in many different systems – in corporate databases, in the cloud, in Excel spreadsheets, in external sources, etc. – getting a consolidated view of your organization can be hard.

That’s where data blending and merging comes in. It allows you to combine data from different sources to see the big picture and it is the topic for this the ninth article in our series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform.

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Why applying your brand to your dashboards increases adoption rates

Retail dashboardThis is the eighth article in our series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform. In previous articles, we’ve discussed why you need a fast and agile design environment to create interactive dashboards and information applications that meet the needs of today’s business users. We’ve also looked at ways to increase user adoption rates so more people have access to the information they need to do their jobs.

Here, again, we focus on adoption and specifically why if your dashboards take on the look and feel of your corporate brand, you will enjoy higher usage levels.

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How to ensure your data reaches everyone, at all times

KPI-IPAD-LANDSCAPEThis is the seventh article in our series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform. In previous articles, we’ve discussed why you need a fast and agile design environment to keep pace with changing business needs. We’ve also explained that to guarantee high levels of user adoption, business people should be able to use their interactive dashboards and information applications without training.

Today, we turn our attention to the needs of remote workers, because no matter how connected the world is becoming, there are still places where we struggle to access information. Mid-flight, on the subway, or when we’re meeting with clients – all these places may have limited or no network access, cutting us off from our information supply.

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[Success Story] Empowering employees with the information they need to deliver brilliant services in the housing sector

Together Housing Dashboard, iPad1The Together Housing Group is a leading provider of quality, affordable and modern homes for rent or sale across the North of England. The group consists of six registered social housing providers, all with charitable status, who manage 38,000 homes and affect over 50,000 people’s lives.

In the past, they struggled to pull together a suite of Excel® and Word® templates to provide timely, consistent and accurate information to employees. Now, with DecisionPoint™, everyone has access to the most recent information in a dashboard they can just pick-up and use.

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