Is it just me or do SAP talk more about Lumira than all their other BI products put together ?
If I am right, then it is a little odd because when I have talked to people at SAP the strong message I get is that Lumira is a tool targeted at analysts, and analysts, I would argue, are a small minority of the potential BI users in an organization.
Despite some of the more outlandish claims in the market, we are NOT “all analysts these days”. The vast majority of us have jobs to do which involve running part of a business, and although we need data and information to do this, this does not make us analysts or suitable users for an analyst tool.
My ex-colleague from BusinessObjects, Bill Schmarzo (that is his picture to the left), has just posted a blog entry (here) which should be compulsory reading for anyone in BI and especially for those who are working with BI and “big data”.
Let me explain why …
The opportunities opened up by “big data” are very significant and no-one should be ignoring them. Unfortunately, if you follow the hype in the market today at best you will only realize a small percentage of the value and at worst you will swamp your organization with inappropriate, time-consuming access to data they don’t actually need. Continue reading →
Mark Cooper (that’s his avatar on the left) posted a great article on the SAP Community Network (SCN) earlier in the week.
The title “the war on self-service” immediately drew me in as I have long advocated that self-service BI (in all its forms) is probably the biggest inhibitor to the wider adoption of BI in our organizations.
I was not disappointed. Mark summarizes the problem beautifully:
“The most commonly attempted [self-service] scenario in BI projects is … the one that I commonly see fail because the project tries to reduce reliance on IT and enable the business to do their own reporting”
Bingo! In a sentence, this is the reason we have had with too much BI shelfware and too little BI adoption for the last 15-20 years.
More and more BI projects need to deliver to mobile devices, as end-users expect their BI to be available on whichever device is closest to hand.
End-users want their BI to be just as accessible as their email. Today, you probably prefer to access your email from your desktop computer when you are in the office and from your mobile devices when you are out and about; end-users of BI want the same flexibility, so they can get answers to their business questions at any time.
But, delivering mobile BI creates a number of new challenges for BI practitioners, not least because not all networks are created equal.
As a software company there is no more important skill to us than computer programming and at Antivia we are very fortunate to have a fantastic team of developers creating our products.
However, as others have observed over the last couple of years, as a society we are not doing as much as we should or could to encourage the next generation of programmers. In fact, you could argue that we have gone backwards on this over the last 30 years.
SAP’s roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) customers will see you move to SAP Design Studio, their new development tool for creating interactive dashboards and BI applications. For those who want to deliver end-user BI without coding, Antivia proposed an alternative approach, during a webinar we hosted yesterday.
I like to cycle. When I’m out riding my bike I have a little computer attached to the handlebars that amongst other things tells me how fast I’m going with a little arrow alongside indicating whether I am travelling faster or slower than my average speed for the ride.
Underpinning this arrow is a well-known formula: speed = distance / time Continue reading →
Would you like great performance, off-line capability and 50 times more data in your mobile SAP Dashboards ?
Last week Sarah Gou from the SAP Dashboards product team posted an article on mobile best practices for SAP Dashboards. It is a good read with a number of pieces of excellent advice for deploying successful mobile dashboards. Continue reading →
I am beginning to hope that Howard Aiken was right when he said :-
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”
For a long time now (pretty much any of my other posts in this blog cover the idea in one way or another) I have been advocating the idea that ad-hoc / self-service is not the panacea for Business Intelligence which it is widely perceived. More recently this has evolved into the more constructive idea that interactive dashboards are the only form of BI needed for end-users.Continue reading →