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Defining KPIs That Are Optimal For A Manufacturing Business

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kpis-measure-successDefining effective Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) that are optimal for a manufacturing business doesn’t have to be difficult so long as you realize what information will and won’t help you determine how your company is meeting its goals and objectives, and that you understand the interdependencies of KPIs on each other in meeting those goals. View Article…

KPIs: The Basics & Why Non-Financial Metrics Matter

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kpisKey Performance Indicators (KPIs) provide an organization with a high-level snap-shot of the health of the business through a set of agreed-upon measures that reflect progress toward the achievement of corporate goals. They give executives and managers the ability to focus on what matters most to the company. They align all levels of an organization (business units, departments and individuals) with clearly defined and cascaded targets to create accountability and track progress. They promote collaborative planning across the organization to ensure that everyone is operating from the same page. And, they provide a starting point for the performance improvement process by demonstrating whether a business is in line with its strategic objectives. View Article…

Gain Better Insights with Data through Visual Analytics

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Gain Better Insights with Data through Visual AnalyticsVisual analytics can aid in analytical reasoning by presenting complex information in a series of figures, tables, and graphs so that the data can be better understood. Overall, the human brain can find it challenging to sort through large amounts of complex information. Since the end goal is for organizations to use this data to gather insights, it can be frustrating if the information isn’t presented well. Visual analytics also serves other purposes, such as enabling the user to make repeatable decisions and to improving the decision making process as a whole. Here’s an overview as to how organizations can gain a higher value from data through visual analytics:
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Data Quality in BI: It’s More Than Putting Lipstick on a Pig!

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Data Quality and BIData quality is one of the biggest challenges that enterprises face when it comes to business intelligence. If the data isn’t accurate, inferior reporting and poor business decisions that can have potentially serious consequences on the entire organization can occur.

When first examining the quality of data as you implement a business intelligence (or BI) solution, there are a number of things that need to be considered and several questions that you need to ask yourself. View Article…

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…