Sharing Big Data insights with business users

Big DataAs we approach the end of February it seems like 2015 could be the year where the backlash starts against Big Data. I’ve seen numerous articles this year. including this one from InformationWeek, this one from ZDNet and this one from Quartz – ouch!, which paint a less rosy picture of the value of Big Data and, in fact, Big Data in general.

Is it all it is hyped up to be?

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Top 6 business intelligence and data articles, 16 – 23 February

BI and data articles

Monday means catching up on the week that has passed. To make catching up with industry news easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best BI and data articles from last week.

This week’s list covers the state of BI in 2015 and how to achieve Agile BI success, plus it includes the ultimate Oscars dashboard – updated with Sunday’s winners!

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The Ultimate Oscars Dashboard

OscarsIt’s that time of year again where the stars put on their nicest frocks and cross their fingers that they’ll bag the ultimate award – an Oscar. It’s the premier award ceremony and it’s watched by millions worldwide.

But what’s it got to do with business intelligence dashboards?

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What lies beyond Data Discovery?

Evolution of Business IntelligenceI’ve never bought into the line that “we’re all analysts today”, touted by many Data Discovery vendors and some industry commentators.

Data Discovery has been great for the analysts in our organizations and has revolutionized the way they access, interact, and interpret data. However, I’ve always been more interested in serving the needs of the non-analysts.

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Best business intelligence and data articles, 9 – 16 February

BI and data articles

Peter Drucker said: “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

And what better way to follow a wise business man’s word than catching up on the best articles from last week? We wouldn’t want the industry to stop moving forward!

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Top 8 funniest charts

Top 8 funniest charts

 

Their most important tasks are: helping us visualize our data, showing us where we’ve gone wrong and telling us things we didn’t know we wanted to know.

Who would have thought they could be this funny?

Do you know of any other funny charts? Add them to our list!

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How to design a board level dashboard for ‘quick thinkers’

Musgrave Analytics LtdThis guest post is by Simon Musgrave, Managing Director and founder of Musgrave Analytics. Musgrave Analytics is a business analytics consultancy specializing in data analysis, economics and visualization. Simon previously ran Tribal Consulting’s Health Intelligence Unit and the Research and Evaluation team. Before Tribal he was a manager in KPMG’s business modelling team. 

Our fundamental aim for an executive dashboard is to create something that makes data easy to grasp and absorb. Data and statistics are not most people’s natural language and yet the ability to understand the numbers is critical for people running or monitoring an organization.

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Engage and captivate your prospects and customers with a visual calculator

Visual calculatorPeople love visual calculators. We see them everywhere: loan calculators, savings and payback calculators, retirement calculators, home heating calculators, industrial capacity planning calculators, ROI calculators – the list is endless.

They are a great way of allowing people to set some input conditions using sliders, spinners or regular data entry fields and then explore how changes to the input values effect the desired output. These outputs or results are often shown graphically using charts or tables.

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Striving for perfect data will get you nowhere

Interactive dashboardIn a meeting last week one of our partners, Musgrave Analytics, mentioned something that caught my attention: people are afraid to deploy dashboards to business users until the data is perfect.

Although understandable, the problem with this approach is that it can paralyze dashboard and other business intelligence projects and result in a frustrated business community that lacks access to critical information.

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