As a business you will no doubt have all kinds of data coming from different parts of your company. You might have your sales orders in a CRM system and your delivery information as an XML extract from your supply chain system, meaning the data you need to make decisions isn’t in a consistent, useable state.
Before you can gain business insights from your data, or even start to work with it, it needs to be blended into one data source that plays nicely with your BI software. What you need is a tool that does this for you, and that easily integrates with your BI product.
Henry Ford said: “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”
So, as it is Monday, we’ve done some thinking for you and collected the best of other people’s thoughts on business intelligence from the past week. This week’s list includes thoughts on how to make existing Big Data investments work for you from CMSWire, how physicians are driving data analytics advances in health care from ITBusinessEdge and why SMBs win as BI hits the cloud from BizTech.
It’s Monday and the start of a new week! And what’s better than starting your week fresh with some new knowledge?
This week’s list of the best BI articles of the past week includes wisdom from TechRepublic, truths about Big Data and the Cloud from CIO and the answer to why even Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) is talking about data visualization, from Information Age.
“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers,” said Plato.
In our modern world we might have moved towards good decisions being made based on both knowledge and numbers, but nevertheless – we will always need knowledge.
So here’s a list of the top six business intelligence journals for you all to use to make better, more informed decisions. After all, in the words of Richard Cecil, “the first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.”
Just over 11 years ago, on 10th July at FlashForward 2003, SAP Dashboards, aka Xcelsius, first hit the BI market (see this and other historical facts about Xcelsius here). It was a standalone desktop tool which allowed pretty much anyone to create amazing interactive dashboards on top of data in Excel and was one of the most innovative software products of its time.
In later versions, particularly after it was acquired by Business Objects, it gained the ability to connect to enterprise data sources, but it was what it did for standalone Excel users which was the source of its initial success.