Is it just me or do SAP talk more about Lumira than all their other BI products put together ?
If I am right, then it is a little odd because when I have talked to people at SAP the strong message I get is that Lumira is a tool targeted at analysts, and analysts, I would argue, are a small minority of the potential BI users in an organization.
Despite some of the more outlandish claims in the market, we are NOT “all analysts these days”. The vast majority of us have jobs to do which involve running part of a business, and although we need data and information to do this, this does not make us analysts or suitable users for an analyst tool.
My ex-colleague from BusinessObjects, Bill Schmarzo (that is his picture to the left), has just posted a blog entry (here) which should be compulsory reading for anyone in BI and especially for those who are working with BI and “big data”.
Let me explain why …
The opportunities opened up by “big data” are very significant and no-one should be ignoring them. Unfortunately, if you follow the hype in the market today at best you will only realize a small percentage of the value and at worst you will swamp your organization with inappropriate, time-consuming access to data they don’t actually need. Continue reading →
Mark Cooper (that’s his avatar on the left) posted a great article on the SAP Community Network (SCN) earlier in the week.
The title “the war on self-service” immediately drew me in as I have long advocated that self-service BI (in all its forms) is probably the biggest inhibitor to the wider adoption of BI in our organizations.
I was not disappointed. Mark summarizes the problem beautifully:
“The most commonly attempted [self-service] scenario in BI projects is … the one that I commonly see fail because the project tries to reduce reliance on IT and enable the business to do their own reporting”
Bingo! In a sentence, this is the reason we have had with too much BI shelfware and too little BI adoption for the last 15-20 years.
SAP’s roadmap for SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) customers will see you move to SAP Design Studio, their new development tool for creating interactive dashboards and BI applications. For those who want to deliver end-user BI without coding, Antivia proposed an alternative approach, during a webinar we hosted yesterday.
I like to cycle. When I’m out riding my bike I have a little computer attached to the handlebars that amongst other things tells me how fast I’m going with a little arrow alongside indicating whether I am travelling faster or slower than my average speed for the ride.
Underpinning this arrow is a well-known formula: speed = distance / time Continue reading →
This post is an extract from our recent eBook “Why self-service BI fails and how dashboards provide the answer”.
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 →
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 →