Roll 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.
Sales 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.
When 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.
So, you want to create custom, visual dashboards from data stored in your SQL databases. You want these dashboards to refresh automatically. And, you want them to be available from a desktop browser, on a mobile device or even displayed on a big screen TV. Here, we offer 15 requirements to look for when choosing dashboard software to enhance your organization’s SQL reporting.
When choosing software to help you keep track of your key performance indicators (KPIs), start by thinking about why you are tracking these metrics.
Who needs to see them? Are they designed for use by execs who need a top-down, company wide view? Or are they aimed at managers who need to track the performance of their department?
It’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