In our last article we looked at why organizations need strong information delivery capabilities in addition to analysis as part of a well-rounded, modern BI portfolio to help them become truly data-driven.
Here, we look at the first of the capabilities that we believe you should look for in a modern information delivery platform.
This trend will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog, as at Antivia we’ve been pushing the cause of the regular business user, the end consumer of information delivery, for many years. Lack of focus on what regular business users need is one of the reasons we believe that BI adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly around 20% for the past decade.
Most business users need sophisticated interactive dashboards or information apps to answer the questions that matter the most to them.
Think about it – if you have a smart phone, you probably use several apps a day. Emails, social media, fitness tracking, online banking and shopping, checking the weather… the list goes on. And all these activities have one thing in common – you access, interact and use them without really thinking about it.
If your company has data stored in ERP, CRM, accounting, manufacturing, logistics, inventory, you-name-it systems, but you are struggling to derive value from this data, then you’re not alone.
Perhaps you are a small company that doesn’t have the skills in-house to transform this data into useful information and can’t afford to pay expensive third party resources to do the work for you. Or perhaps you work at a larger organization where it takes too long for your IT team to respond to your requirements.
However, the good news is if you are able to export the data from your business system into an Excel spreadsheet or a CSV (comma separated values) file, you’re well on your way to being able to deliver business insights to your whole organization – without breaking the bank.