SAP have said that although there is going to be no further development of Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards, they are committed to supporting its output for the foreseeable future. However given what is happening to Adobe Flash, the end may be very much nearer than we have previously thought.
Businesses in every segment of the industry are now looking at their business model and processes from different perspectives in order to survive or thrive.
For the past several years, BI adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly at around 20%. So, what can we do to increase adoption rates to ensure more of our business people have access to correct, up-to-date, information to help them do their jobs more effectively?
Take store and depot managers, for example. What information do they need to make them more effective – visibility into stock levels, lead times, on-time delivery rates?
It’s a topic that’s on everyone’s lips nowadays but somewhere in the hype cycle it has become almost synonymous with Data Discovery, and the notion that regular business users should be given access to raw, unstructured data to gather their own business insight.
We believe this definition is far too narrow.
This is something we are passionate about at Antivia, because we believe everyone in an organization should have the information they need to help them do their job effectively, regardless of their job title or where they are based.
However, despite growing investment in BI, it appears adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly around the 20% mark for the past several years.
Lean and agile business intelligence is another hot trend in 2015. According to the experts, the key to BI success is moving away from the waterfall model and towards a circular one, where you plan, deliver, evaluate and iterate in short cycles.
But how do you go about becoming lean? How do you get to the point where you’re doing lean BI? It’s all well and good knowing that you need to be lean, but actually doing it is different.
You know, when you order a Coke at a restaurant and the waiter says: “We’ve only got Pepsi – that’s OK, right?” And you’re left having to say that it’s fine, but end up thinking it’s not what you asked for?
The same thing is happening if you’re being offered SAP Lumira as a replacement for SAP Dashboards (aka Xcelsius).
How about taking raw data from several source systems, transforming this into a data warehouse and delivering a suite of interactive dashboards on top that can be used by frontline workers across your organization – taking you from data to business insight in a couple of weeks? Then, how about adding more data and more data sources to support changing business needs – delivered as a series of further short phases?
Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is another example of technology hype getting in the way of effective use of data in organizations.