Category Archives: BI Adoption

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 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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Is end-user training 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 applying your brand to your dashboards increases adoption rates

Retail dashboardThis is the eighth article in our series looking at the key requirements of a modern information delivery platform. In previous articles, we’ve discussed why you need a fast and agile design environment to create interactive dashboards and information applications that meet the needs of today’s business users. We’ve also looked at ways to increase user adoption rates so more people have access to the information they need to do their jobs.

Here, again, we focus on adoption and specifically why if your dashboards take on the look and feel of your corporate brand, you will enjoy higher usage levels.

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How wall-mounted KPI dashboards help increase BI adoption

Wall-mounted KPI dashboardBI adoption rates have been stuck at 20% for several years. This potentially means 80% of business people don’t have access to the information they need to do their jobs as well as they could do. I don’t even want to think about how much money an organization loses as a result of this, let alone how many wrong conclusions are drawn every day because business people don’t have enough or the right information to base critical decisions on.

Something needs to be done, now – and we need to start with accessibility.

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Why user adoption matters in business intelligence

Constant access to informationWe’re fond of quoting Mico Yuk’s infamous statement on BI adoption on this blog: “User adoption is the only metric that matters in BI.”

This is something we are passionate about at Antivia, because we believe everyone in an organization should have the information they need to help them do their job effectively, regardless of their job title or where they are based.

However, despite growing investment in BI, it appears adoption rates have been stuck stubbornly around the 20% mark for the past several years.

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Static BI Adoption and a Proposed Solution

Cindi Howson of BI Scorecard has just published her annual “Successful BI Survey”* and the results are sadly all too familiar.

Once again BI adoption is pretty much static at 22% (a little down on last year’s 24%, but probably statistically flat).

As I have written about time and time again in this blog, my strong feeling is that the reason for this flat-lining of BI adoption is that we have saturated the “analyst” BI market and we are going about “end-user” BI in the wrong way Continue reading