Category Archives: BI Strategy

“Should everyone have access to self-service data integration?”

data scientistAlmost as soon as I had published my last post (speaking up for forgotten business intelligence users), I saw the following question in a tweet from industry analyst, Wayne Eckerson (@weckerson):

“Should everyone have access to self-service data integration?”

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Speaking up for forgotten business intelligence users 

There seems to be a conspiracy in the Business Intelligence (BI) world to ignore the needs of the large majority of users in an organization, namely most of the business users!

I don’t for a minute think this is deliberate. But, it is a significant oversight in a world where getting information to EVERYONE should have become a basic requirement of doing business.

In listening to the commentary around the market, you would be forgiven for thinking that the only capabilities that matter any more are: Continue reading

4 business intelligence lessons from our customers

We were delighted to welcome customers from 3 continents to the UK last week for Antivia’s first Customer Advisory Day. The day was split into a mixture of presentations and interactive discussions. The interactive discussions generated many interesting thoughts and ideas, which has lead me to share with you 4 lessons that I took away from the day: Continue reading

Why you need to get your measures right to get a handle on business performance

ReceivablesSuccessful business intelligence (BI) projects are those that start by defining the business problem they are trying to solve or goal they want to achieve (e.g. we want to increase sales by 10% this fiscal year).

Out of this you will then look at the business questions you need to answer to support your objective (e.g. how are sales performing across different territories?). From this will flow the numbers you need to see to answer these questions (e.g. booked revenue, number of sales, forecast revenue, etc). Continue reading

How dynamic labels and titles provide context to analytics to aid understanding

Business man with smartphone and tabletThis is the fifth article in our series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform. In earlier articles, we discussed why time to value and ease of use are critical to ensuring the effective use and dissemination of information within our organizations.

In this article, we explore how adding dynamic titles and labels into an interactive dashboard or information application can provide business users with more context around the information they are viewing, which aids understanding. This leads to increased user adoption and ensures that more people have the information they need to do their jobs.

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How to create app-like BI interfaces that ensure widespread user adoption

KPI dashboardPreviously, in this key requirements of a modern information delivery platform blog series we’ve discussed:

In the fourth article in this series, we look at how delivering application-like interfaces that match the way business users think, both makes it easier for people to get answers to their questions and ensures higher user adoption rates.

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Why the best interactive dashboards enable you to view information from different angles

DecisionPoint DashboardThis is the third article in our series which suggests some of the capabilities you should look for in a modern information delivery platform.

Previously, we discussed why a modern information delivery platform should enable non-programmers to create interactive dashboards and information applications and how business users should be able to pick them up and use them without training.

However, even though interactive dashboards and information applications should be easy to create and easy to use they still need to provide the flexibility to answer multiple business questions without business users being forced to go back to head office or the IT team.
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Antivia listed as Modern BI Platform vendor in Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant report

DecisionPoint dashboardWe’re delighted that Antivia was listed as a Modern Business Intelligence (BI) Platform vendor in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms 2016, published last week.

In its Technology Insight for Modern Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms research article, Gartner highlighted that speed and agility are a key requirement of the modern BI platform to support the rapid pace of change facing today’s organizations.

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Enable non-programmers to create the information apps business people need

In our last article we looked at why organizations need strong information delivery capabilities in addition to analysis as part of a well-rounded, modern BI portfolio to help them become truly data-driven.

Here, we look at the first of the capabilities that we believe you should look for in a modern information delivery platform.

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The emergence of the modern information delivery platform

Information deliveryA recent Gartner report: “Predicts 2016: Changes Coming in How We Buy Business Analytics Technology” refreshingly acknowledged the emergence of a number of BI and analytics platforms that are more focused on information delivery than analysis, which demonstrates market momentum towards including information delivery alongside analysis within the modern BI portfolio.

This trend will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog, as at Antivia we’ve been pushing the cause of the regular business user, the end consumer of information delivery, for many years. Lack of focus on what regular business users need is one of the reasons we believe that BI adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly around 20% for the past decade.

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