Category Archives: BI Strategy

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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How to create business insights from your data on a limited budget

Data jumbleIf your company has data stored in ERP, CRM, accounting, manufacturing, logistics, inventory, you-name-it systems, but you are struggling to derive value from this data, then you’re not alone.

Perhaps you are a small company that doesn’t have the skills in-house to transform this data into useful information and can’t afford to pay expensive third party resources to do the work for you. Or perhaps you work at a larger organization where it takes too long for your IT team to respond to your requirements.

However, the good news is if you are able to export the data from your business system into an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV (comma separated values) file, you’re well on your way to being able to deliver business insights to your whole organization – without breaking the bank.

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How usage auditing enables you to maximize your BI investment

Deliver information to everyone in your businessTo realize the value from the vast amounts of data our organizations capture, we need to transform it into useful information and then deliver it to our front-line workers so they can answer the questions that matter most to them.

But when you are delivering information to such a wide and potentially geographically dispersed audience, how do you know if people are taking advantage of the information to make better-informed decisions?

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Are you missing most of the value of your Big Data?

Big DataIf there is a data lake in your organization, what percentage of your organization see data from it on a daily basis?

I suspect the answer in most organizations, even the most Big Data savvy ones, is very low – possibly much lower than 10%.

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Introducing the industry-leading DecisionPoint™ mobile BI app

mobile app SSMobile business intelligence has evolved from being a nice-to-have to a must-have for many of today’s businesses, and mobile capabilities are now high on the list when organizations are considering BI tools.

With the global workforce becoming more and more mobile and business moving faster than ever, it is crucial that people can take their KPIs and latest business information with them when they’re on the go. If not, business people become frustrated that they have to revert to making decisions based on gut-feel.

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Why dashboards are the most effective option for information delivery

Interactive dashboard on iPadHere at Antivia, we talk a lot about how interactive dashboards are the most effective way to deliver information across an organization.

Research also shows that dashboards are management’s preferred option for consuming business information. But just what is it that makes dashboards so great for information delivery?

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Delivering BI on a budget

Gartner researchAntivia has received a lot of coverage from Gartner lately. We were mentioned in the 2015 Magic Quadrant, and in the hype cycle for Business Intelligence and Analytics from August in the mobile BI section.

And, as recently as last week, DecisionPoint™ was mentioned during the ‘Delivering outstanding BI on a budget’ webinar hosted by Kurt Schlegel and Neil Chandler, both Gartner research VPs, as one of a handful of vendors ideal for delivering BI on a budget.

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Four reasons why dashboards that don’t scale can harm your business

Modern dashboard solutionMany organizations aspire to become data-driven businesses. When an organization stops making decisions based on the gut feel of its people and starts making data-driven decisions based on hard facts, this can truly transform a business.

Business people will be empowered to perform to the best of their ability, everyone is pushing in the same direction and the organization can perform to its full potential.

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