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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Agile BI – Are you doing it every two weeks?

Agile BIPetr Podrouzek wrote the first in a series of thirteen articles about agile business intelligence (BI) a few days ago. In this first article, Agile for BI is recommended by the experts, but is it used in the real world?, Petr points out that through his six years of working on BI projects he has never seen agile BI in use. To further his argument he says that many BI projects start out with an agile approach but that this is quickly abandoned in favor of the traditional waterfall model, where requirements are collected and a data model is developed followed by data sourcing and development of ETLs.

As Petr points out, this slow and excruciating process takes up precious time from everyone involved. And at the end of the day the customers, the ones who depend on your dashboards and reports, are left disappointed.

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Could a wall-mounted dashboard help boost your business?

Wall-mounted dashboard display

During the past 10 years dashboards have evolved as business-users have become more sophisticated in their needs. We’ve witnessed a trend away from old-fashioned static at-a-glance dashboards towards interactive dashboards that are really more like BI applications. Users want answers to their immediate and follow-up questions and they want that information now. They want it through an intuitive, no-training-required interface and interactive dashboards do a great job of meeting this requirement.

So you could be excused for thinking that wall-mounted dashboards are a little old-fashioned and not relevant in today’s business world – after all they are up on the wall and they are hardly interactive. Well, not quite…

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