Category Archives: BI Strategy

A bleak future for Flash and Xcelsius/SAP Dashboards

Broken FlashSAP 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.

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Thrive During Oil’s Wild Ride: how oil and gas companies can change their fortune with targeted dashboards

PumpjackRecent volatility and an uncertain direction in the price of oil is forcing businesses across the oil and gas industry to become smarter and more agile.

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.

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Self-service BI: Right Symptoms, Wrong Diagnosis

BI Myths: Busted!I almost completely agree with Scott Holden on everything he wrote in his article on self-service BI myths over on the TDWI website last week.

In fact, at Antivia, we have been making almost exactly the same key points over the last two years: Continue reading

How to increase BI adoption by giving store and depot managers constant access to information

Around the worldFor 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?

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A broader take on self-service BI

Team working, technologyOver the past few weeks we’ve published a series of articles on this blog, aiming to broaden the definition of self-service business intelligence (BI).

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.

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Why user adoption matters in business intelligence

Constant access to informationWe’re fond of quoting Mico Yuk’s infamous statement on BI adoption on this blog: “User adoption is the only metric that matters in BI.”

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.

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How to adopt a lean approach to business intelligence

Lean BILean 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.

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Why Lumira isn’t a replacement for Xcelsius

Coke v PepsiHave you ever been in a situation where someone’s tried to give you something you didn’t really ask for and tried to pass it off as the same thing?

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).

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A data warehouse in 2 weeks – is it possible?

Insight AcceleratorCome on. You can be more ambitious than that!

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?

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Data Lakes, Data Warehouses or both?

Data LakeI am starting to see more and more people writing that data lakes are “replacing data warehouses”.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is another example of technology hype getting in the way of effective use of data in organizations.

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