Tag Archives: BI applications

Can everyone be a data scientist?

Recently, Ted Friedman asked on Twitter:

Ted Friedman tweet

Ted is a long-time Gartner analyst and his knowledge of Information Management is second to none. So I can only assume that he is trying to get a reaction with this question, because, to my mind, there can be only one answer and it is certainly not “nirvana”!

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The Data Vault: Top 6 data articles, 17-24 August

The Data Vault - 17-24 August

Want to deliver better business intelligence? Check out this article from Norm Katz at Composite Apps and learn how.

Curious as to why telcos must turn big data into smart data to manage customer churn and loyalty? First Post’s got the low-down.

Or are you wondering how colleges are using Big Data this autumn?

This list of the best data articles of the past week gives you answers to the questions above, plus a few more, giving you the knowledge boost you need at the beginning of the week.

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BI adoption: why it’s so important to increase adoption rates

Information appsAt Antivia, we’re passionate about BI user adoption. We believe it is the single most important metric to measure the success of a business intelligence project.

The reason for this is simple: it doesn’t matter how good a dashboard, report or visualization looks or how efficiently it conveys information if no one uses it. There’s no way you can become a data-driven organization if business people don’t want to or aren’t able to use the business information provided to them.

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Delivering information apps: how to add app-like functions to your dashboard

Information appsThe information app is a new breed of business intelligence that gets critical business information into the hands of front-line workers in your organization. An information app is easy to use and requires no training, so business users can easily get the data they need to do their jobs more efficiently – just like an app on a smart phone.

With DecisionPoint™, developing these information apps is simple, requires no coding, and business users love working with them. It makes it possible for business users to get answers to questions faster, and it helps them make the right data-driven decisions.

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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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Most people need BI apps, not “self-service”

BI in healthcareAs someone who has previously written (here and here) about how technology labels often don’t help us, you might think it a little odd to find me writing a post comparing one label (BI Apps) with another (self-service BI), but bear with me.

I came across an article written by a product marketing chap, which draws an interesting analogy between doctors needing patient information and corporate users of BI. The article is not recent, but we still see a trend, especially from vendors, claiming that self-service BI is everything business users need.

The author of the article asks us to imagine a scenario where doctors are not allowed to access data directly, but instead have to go and ask non-medical, data-specialists for the information, sometimes waiting hours or days for the answers. Clearly, this is supposed to be a parody on the way BI works in some organizations and equally clearly this would be a ludicrous way to run a hospital.

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What weather websites can teach you about business intelligence

Weather websites and BIDrawing a comparison between a business dashboard and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Weather page might seem odd, but I’m convinced it is valid.

And, more than that, I think it points a way to the future of dashboards as we use them in our businesses.

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Friday tip: how to share dashboards

Interactive dashboardYou know those awesome dashboards you’ve created and designed for your business? The interactive ones that show business insights that will help your team make better, data-driven decisions?

Don’t let them gather virtual dust – sharing them is a lot easier than you think!

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Sharing Big Data insights with business users

Big DataAs we approach the end of February it seems like 2015 could be the year where the backlash starts against Big Data. I’ve seen numerous articles this year. including this one from InformationWeek, this one from ZDNet and this one from Quartz – ouch!, which paint a less rosy picture of the value of Big Data and, in fact, Big Data in general.

Is it all it is hyped up to be?

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The Ultimate Oscars Dashboard

OscarsIt’s that time of year again where the stars put on their nicest frocks and cross their fingers that they’ll bag the ultimate award – an Oscar. It’s the premier award ceremony and it’s watched by millions worldwide.

But what’s it got to do with business intelligence dashboards?

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