Monthly Archives: September 2015

Is your management getting the information it needs?

data-driven busienssInformation has the potential to transform your business.

When an organization stops making decisions based on the gut feel of its people and starts making data-driven decisions based on hard facts, it can truly transform a business.

But how do you get started?

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How to create powerful visualizations, Analysis Factory style

AF logoOn Wednesday, we gave the reins over to our partners, Analysis Factory, as they hosted a webinar explaining how they make their DecisionPoint™ dashboards user-friendly, highly visual and engaging.

Viewers were taken on a journey to see, from scratch, how the team at Analysis Factory created their dashboard gallery. We’re talking how to build a dashboard in a matter of minutes, how to add images and slideshows to enrich the dashboard and draw the user in and how to add SVG maps to create a custom visualization – all super cool features of DecisionPoint™ that make for highly engaging dashboards.

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Delivering BI on a budget

Gartner researchAntivia 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.

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The Data Vault: The best data news, 14-20 September

Best data news

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance,” said George Bernard Shaw.

Gain a full and balanced overview of the latest and greatest data news, so you can base your decisions on real knowledge.

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How to enhance your dashboards and increase user adoption

KPI dashboardBuilding a basic dashboard with a few bar and line charts and some labels is a really good start but to be able to draw some real insight from your data and increase user adoption rates, you’ll need some additional features that enable users to dig deeper and investigate the information they are seeing.

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[Guest post] Agile BI – why you need to change your delivery strategy now

Dennis RhoadsDennis Rhoads is a senior business intelligence technical lead consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in the BI industry. With his knowledge of the industry, he is a sought-after resource who uses his experience to deliver powerful and agile BI solutions that provide value in a matter of days, not months. He is also a big fan of DecisionPoint™ and the way the tool helps organizations quickly deliver information to the people on the front-line.

Agile BI is one of the hottest trends in 2015 focusing on a circular delivery model where you plan, deliver, evaluate and redeliver in short cycles, providing value almost instantly.

Because agile BI allows you to deliver information fast, analysts have said the methodology will add value to BI investments as well as increase BI adoption rates. So why aren’t more organizations adopting agile methodologies and tools?

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The Data Vault: Best data articles, 7 – 13 September


Looking for a knowledge boost to help you kick start the week? You’ve come to the right place. This week’s list covers everything from baseball and football to public transport and education.

Wondering how Big Data is making football more appealing to fans? Fortune has got the scoop.

Curious about self-service BI, or looking for a replacement for Xcelsius? Analysis Factory gives you the options.

Struggling with your commute? Forbes dishes on how Big Data can help you out.

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How to quickly create a simple, interactive dashboard without coding

Information appsWith 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.

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[Guest post] Self-service BI and the successor to Xcelsius

Cliff AlperClifford Alper is a founding partner of Analysis Factory, based in Boston, Massachusetts. As the business analytics wizard of the company, he’s responsible for the Analysis Factory signature look-and-feel. Under his direction, Analysis Factory has been a leader in the information design field for over 15 years, delivering industrial strength analytics solutions for everyday users.

According to Gartner’s hype cycle for 2015, self-service BI is on the rise.

It’s worth taking a moment to consider the implications for business users. What happens when non-specialist business users are given access to raw, unstructured data to gather their own business insights? Will the process make them more effective at doing their jobs?

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