Category Archives: Business Intelligence

Why responsive design isn’t a good fit for business intelligence

responsive design dashboardsMany business intelligence (BI) and analytics vendors champion the responsive design capabilities of their software when it comes to delivering mobile BI. Design-once, run anywhere is their mantra. And, it sounds seductive. What’s not to like about a technique that makes designers more productive and allows them to create one dashboard or report and know that it will look attractive on both desktop and mobile devices?

But,  a word of caution.

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Information Delivery Systems – still relevant today

information-systemsRoll back the clock 15 or 20 years and one of the hot business intelligence topics of the day was information delivery systems. These systems enabled you to get timely, relevant information into the hands of a wide range of people across your whole organization. This meant people had ready access to information that was connected to their role, so they could make informed decisions.

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Why it’s time to embrace the dashboard app

modern dashboardIt is always good when other people independently come to the same conclusions as you! This is why I liked Ryan Dunn’s Medium post Dash-bored so much.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have been passionate about interactive dashboards (now known as Dashboard Apps) for a long time.  So, reading Ryan’s post and his conclusions was music to our ears.

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ROI Calculator Software – Help Your Sales Team Close More Business

CartCo-SaaS-ROI-CalculatorSales teams are always on the lookout for new ways to help them close deals faster, increase their win rate or drive up their average order value. Return on investment (ROI) calculator software can tick all these boxes.

Sales teams use ROI calculators (see an example)  to prove the value of their product or service in simple financial terms to their buyer. The buyer can use this information to build their business case to get the go ahead from the ultimate decision makers.

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What is a KPI?


Key Performance Indicators – What Are They? A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is something quantifiable that you can measure to track how effectively your organization is achieving its primary objectives. A good KPI will clearly indicate if your organization is heading in the right direction towards achieving its strategic goals.

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Why end-user training is killing your BI project

User TrainingDo you have time set aside in your business intelligence (BI) project plan to train your business end-users? If you do, then I would urge you to think hard about what you are doing, because the need for business user training may well be an indicator that your project will not be the success you are hoping for.

As Mico Yuk is fond of saying, there is only one success metric which matters in BI: User Adoption. And, there are three reasons why the need for business user training kills adoption: Continue reading

Why interactive dashboards must be available offline

offline-dashboardPreviously, I explained how interactive dashboards liberate business users from reporting inefficiency. Moving away from untimely, labor intensive, error prone, static reports to modern dashboard applications is a big step forward to creating a data-driven culture. Another positive step is moving to role-based dashboards. These ensure that everyone in your organization has the right level of information to hand, so they can answer their questions efficiently.

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Why role-based dashboards should be at the heart of your BI strategy

Thats the spirit When it comes to delivering reports and dashboards to business users across your organization, one size does not fit all. In fact, delivering generic dashboards to a diverse set of users is a recipe for dissatisfaction and lowadoption.

Role-based dashboards are the antidote to this.

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How a modern dashboard answers business users’ questions

modern dashboardDo your dashboards deliver value for your business users? Do they provide enough information to answer the important questions that face your business on a daily basis? Or, is it time to make the move to modern dashboards that provide the flexibility your users need to answer their questions and guide their actions? Continue reading

Choosing software to create dashboards

choosing-dashboard-softwareWhen you are looking for software to create dashboards there are 2 groups you need to cater for. First, you should think about the people who will be creating the dashboards. Second, you need to consider the people who will be consuming the dashboards. Selecting the right tool requires striking a balance between the needs of both these groups.

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