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.
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
There was much discussion of advanced/predictive analytics and agile visualization in the tweet stream from the SAP Analytics briefing which Steve Lucas gave to analysts in New York last night (mainly via John Appleby, @applebyj) however, for me the biggest insight came from what the NBA are doing with HANA.
The underlying technical stuff was impressive, as John tweeted:
To better understand the types of BI user within our organization we can classify them along 2 dimensions:
1. Activity Performed
This first dimension considers the type of activity being performed. At one end are people performing the type of deep analysis supported by data discovery tools and the other extreme are those who prefer the simplicity of the ‘just click’ interface of a dashboard. Continue reading
Interactive dashboards are the perfect tool to allow everyone Universal BI, and a couple of weeks ago I saw a fantastic example of this in a presentation at SAP’s SAPPHIRE in Orlando.
Andy Mills and Charlotte Huff discussed their SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (aka Xcelsius) implementation and the transformational effect it had on the running of their 1,800 stores. Continue reading
Antivia has been talking and writing a lot recently about our vision of Universal BI, where interactive dashboards are the perfect tool to allow everyone in an organization to get exactly the information they need to do their jobs. So, last week, at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, it was great to see a real-life example of Universal BI in a presentation from FedEx Office. Continue reading
The final piece of the Universal BI puzzle
Universal Business Intelligence is on the horizon. A world where everyone in an organization has “fingertip” access to the information they need to do their jobs is not only possible … but is rapidly becoming essential. To find out why, watch this short video below or scroll down to read the article. Continue reading
Albert Einstein said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. This throws an interesting light on the past 15 year’s obsession within Business Intelligence circles for end-user, self-service BI in all its guises: ad-hoc query, data discovery, faceted data search and so on. To find out why, watch this short video below or scroll down to read the article. Continue reading