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
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
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
Not too simple, not too complex, but just right
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
Making the leap to 100% BI adoption
In the near future, Universal BI will see us make the leap from 20% to 100% BI adoption and in the process make our organizations truly data driven. One of the reasons we can be so certain of this, is thanks to the wildfire growth of the iPad and other tablet devices. To find out why, watch this short video below or scroll down to read the article. Continue reading
Google points the way
Universal BI will allow organizations to truly become data-driven by giving ALL users access to information at their fingertips. Whilst there is a small group of people in organizations, the analysts, who require heavy duty tools to mine big data, crunch numbers and discover new, deep insights. ALL users (including the analysts) need quick and easy access to information to support their minute-to-minute, day-to-day activities. To find out why, watch this short video below or scroll down to read the article. Continue reading
The rise of Universal BI
There will be more change in Business Intelligence in the next 2 years than there has been in the last 10, and it only has a little to do with Big Data. To find out why, watch this short video below or scroll down to read the article. Continue reading
The on-going (and in my view mistaken) obsession with “self-service” seems to lead many people to conclude that “Google is the Nirvana of end-user BI”. By which I think they mean that being able to type any question into a simple text box and get an answer is the best possible interface for asking a business question.
I disagree… both in terms of how you ask the question and in terms of the answer that you get!