Antivia 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.
With fancy terms like data scientist, self-service BI and data discovery being thrown around by industry experts, it can sometimes be hard to know how to get started with creating the interactive dashboards and BI apps that most people in your organization need.
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”!
At 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.
The 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.
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?
As 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.