Monthly Archives: July 2013

Next-generation BI learning from the NBA HANA system

There was much discussion of advanced/predictive analytics and agile visualization in the tweet stream from the SAP Analytics briefing which Steve Lucas gave to analysts in New York last night (mainly via John Appleby, @applebyj) however, for me the biggest insight came from what the NBA are doing with HANA.

The underlying technical stuff was impressive, as John tweeted:

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Understanding BI Users

To better understand the types of business intelligence (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