The Data Vault: top 8 data articles, 22 – 29 June

The Data Vault

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data,” said Arthur Conan Doyle.

So to prevent you from making that capital mistake, we’ve gathered the best data articles from last week – so you can confidently theorize all you want.

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A broader take on self-service BI

Team working, technologyOver the past few weeks we’ve published a series of articles on this blog, aiming to broaden the definition of self-service business intelligence (BI).

It’s a topic that’s on everyone’s lips nowadays but somewhere in the hype cycle it has become almost synonymous with Data Discovery, and the notion that regular business users should be given access to raw, unstructured data to gather their own business insight.

We believe this definition is far too narrow.

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How to maximize BI adoption, part I: empowering your sales people

Remote workforceDespite growing investment in BI, adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly at about 20% for several years, but regardless of what’s to blame the message is clear: BI adoption rates need to increase.

One way to increase adoption is to get information into the hands of people who haven’t been serviced by BI in the past, in a way that works for them. For the majority of people in our organization – the front-line workers like store managers, sales people, call center team leaders, warehouse managers, etc. – this means providing them with pre-packaged information in the form of an interactive dashboard (or information app).

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Top 9 data articles, 15 – 22 June

Best data articles

Want to know why user adoption matters in business intelligence?

Or why you need to start small to do well with Big Data?

Then look no further – you’ve come to the right place! Find answers to the above questions and read seven other great data articles from last week, right here.

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DesignStudio as a replacement for SAP Dashboards/Xcelsius?

xcelsius grim reaperAs you plan your move away from Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards (which, if you are not already doing, you really ought to get started) then I would recommend listening to a recent episode of the Diversified Semantic Layer Podcast* entitled “Is DesignStudio the Dashboard Slayer?”.

The question up for discussion was whether DesignStudio is a suitable replacement for Xcelsius / SAP Dashboards. Key quotes were:

  • “If [in DesignStudio] you want more than a single chart pointing at a single data source that doesn’t need to refresh or have any interaction … you need to write some sort of code”
  • “If you are a traditional Xcelsius developer I don’t know how you would get started with that”
  • “If you are a BX or BEx shop it makes a lot of sense to use DS, if you are not, good ******* luck for the time being”
  • “Turning all your Xcelsius developers into Design Studio developers; that is not going to happen for most customers”

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Why user adoption matters in business intelligence

Constant access to informationWe’re fond of quoting Mico Yuk’s infamous statement on BI adoption on this blog: “User adoption is the only metric that matters in BI.”

This is something we are passionate about at Antivia, because we believe everyone in an organization should have the information they need to help them do their job effectively, regardless of their job title or where they are based.

However, despite growing investment in BI, it appears adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly around the 20% mark for the past several years.

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How to adopt a lean approach to business intelligence

Lean BILean and agile business intelligence is another hot trend in 2015. According to the experts, the key to BI success is moving away from the waterfall model and towards a circular one, where you plan, deliver, evaluate and iterate in short cycles.

But how do you go about becoming lean? How do you get to the point where you’re doing lean BI? It’s all well and good knowing that you need to be lean, but actually doing it is different.

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Self-service BI analogies, part III: the gas station

Fueling upSelf-service business intelligence (BI) is one of the hottest topics around, but over recent years it feels like the term self-service BI has been hijacked to the point where it has become synonymous with “Data Discovery” – where people are given free access to a pool of data allowing them to create their own visualizations.

While this form of self-service works for the small number of analysts in our organizations, when we speak with others in the business intelligence and analytics industry at events it is clear that this isn’t how the majority of people in our organizations – the non-analysts – want to consume business information. For them, we need a broader definition of self-service and to illustrate this we’ve shared a series of self-service BI analogies over the past few weeks.

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Top 13 data articles, 1 – 8 June

Best data articles

It’s that time of the week again when Antivia rounds up the best data articles from the past week so you don’t have to go looking for them yourself!

Want to know what Big Data is doing for farmers? Bernard Marr has the details on John Deere and the smart farm.

Want to know why Lumira isn’t a replacement for SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius)? We’ve got your back.

Want to avoid becoming a BI dinosaur? Ryan Goodman tells you what you need to know.

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Why Lumira isn’t a replacement for Xcelsius

Coke v PepsiHave you ever been in a situation where someone’s tried to give you something you didn’t really ask for and tried to pass it off as the same thing?

You know, when you order a Coke at a restaurant and the waiter says: “We’ve only got Pepsi – that’s OK, right?” And you’re left having to say that it’s fine, but end up thinking it’s not what you asked for?

The same thing is happening if you’re being offered SAP Lumira as a replacement for SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius).

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