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Self-Service BI May NOT Be What You Think

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self-service-biOne of our sales reps recently asked the IT director of a mid-market manufacturing company if he’s considered self-service BI so his users could create and manage their own reports. I could hear his emphatic reaction to the idea as he blurted out over the speaker phone, “There’s no way I’d let users do that; that’s what I’m here to do!” View Article…

Data Visualization Brings Business Intelligence to Life

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VisualizationWhile business intelligence tries to make sense of all the data that’s collected each and every day by organizations of all types, communicating the data in a way that people can easily grasp often becomes an issue.  How do we get data to the people who need it in a way that makes the most sense to them? How do we find outliers within the data that need to be managed? And how do we communicate key performance indicators (KPIs) that are common across the organization in a way that can be understood by all? View Article…

Strategies to Effectively Use Dashboards

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Strategies to Effectively Use DashboardsThe way that companies use dashboards varies greatly from business to business. While some may see dashboards as an effective way to present data to corporate executives, others take it a step further because they understand that dashboards can give the entire organization a competitive advantage. Here are some strategies that can help maximize dashboard value across your business: View Article…

Today’s Reporting Challenge – Catering to Different Users in Different Ways

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Delivering dataToday’s business user expects immediate access to their data for reporting purposes; but while some only need to view basic reports and select key performance indicators, many require the ability to dig deep through the data in order to uncover critical insights that can be used to better manage business performance. Understandably, supporting these varied requirements creates a higher level of complexity within a business reporting framework. View Article…

Important BI Trends in 2016

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Important BI Trends in 2016Business intelligence is continually changing, and this means that the role that BI plays within larger enterprises and even small to medium-sized businesses is also shifting. These days, BI is all about analyzing data mined from diverse sources, which enables businesses to develop deep insights based on the data that are designed to bring the company forward. Some of these changes are driven by trends in the BI industry that are especially prominent as we step even deeper into 2016. These trends are driving the product strategies of most BI providers today, and we will be seeing a continued increase in the number of solutions being made available to address them. Here is an overview of some of the most prominent of those BI trends: View Article…

The Importance of Providing BI for All Types of Users

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The Importance of Providing BI for All Types of UsersProviding BI for all types of users is critical, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. With today’s solutions, BI is no longer reserved for larger businesses and corporations that can afford to hire BI analysts. Making key business decisions based on hard data is something that every business can benefit from. In addition, BI can be used by multiple people within an organization who work in different departments or who operate at different levels. It isn’t just for the executives and managers anymore. The idea is to use BI to find solutions that arise from the questions that surface within their own departments. View Article…

How Reporting And Analytics Differ and Why They Are Both Important: Part 2

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Analyzing the DataIn part one of this series we took a look at how reporting and analytics differ. Now we look at why they are both important:

Both reporting and analytics are important to organizations because you can’t have one without the other. Reporting is the art of taking raw data and organizing it into a readable form, which will allow the data to be better analyzed. Analytics is the process of taking the raw data that is organized within the reports and fully analyzing it for a variety of purposes that will ultimately benefit the organization. Here’s more detail as to why both are so important: View Article…

How Reporting And Analytics Differ and Why They Are Both Important: Part 1

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3d illustration of a magnifying glass hovering over a three-dimensional multi-colored bar chartThis is part one of a two-part series.

Even though we often hear the terms “reporting” and “analytics” used interchangeably, this is actually a misconception. Although they both use the same data, they each have completely different purposes. Both reporting and analytics are vital because they better equip the organization to make key decisions that increase its value. View Article…

The Importance of Collaborative BI for the Next Generation

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Collaborative BI Next GenerationLook around you. No matter where you are – at the store, out dining, or attending a favorite event – you’ll spot our future business leaders (today’s teens) using social media while multitasking on-line. They’re so well connected now that in the future, they’ll expect the business software applications that they use on the job to be swift and collaborative, too. Business intelligence software is no exception. View Article…