Monthly Archives: August 2016

Calculating the cost of moving to a new BI tool

BI Tool Switch ROI Calculator - AssumptionsIt’s funny. As business intelligence professionals we spend our lives trying to encourage a data-driven decision making culture within our organizations.

But, at the end of the day, we’re all human, and we’re as prone as anyone else to making decisions based on gut feel rather than facts.

A common example I see of this is when it comes to considering replacing an existing business intelligence product. The current product may be old and cumbersome. It may take an age to create new content with this tool. Maintaining existing content may be onerous and time-consuming. And, all of this may require specialist skills. Continue reading

Google’s Olympic Self-Service BI Lesson

Google Olympics Rio 2016For a lesson in how to deliver Self-Service BI to the majority of people in your organization, you could do worse than to look at how Google is serving up information for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

If you search Google for an Olympic event or sport (e.g. try typing in Olympic Swimming), you get back a thoughtfully designed, mini information app. Continue reading

What you need to know about information applications

4 information appsInformation applications are a new way of delivering information to front-line decision-makers to enable them to answer their immediate and follow-up questions and to guide them in their daily activities.

Donald MacCormick recently explained that: Information applications look a lot like interactive dashboards, but they also look a lot like the web and mobile ‘applications’ we use every day (on-line banking, on-line weather, on-line stocks and shares, … in fact, pretty much anything we do on-line in our non-work lives). Interfaces we can use almost without thinking and certainly without any training or documentation.”

This no need for training is critical, because, as we’ve said before, end-user training is a sure-fire killer of BI adoption and BI project success. Continue reading