Data Preparation and Analysis Don’t Have to be Painful!

Do-not-Create-Data-Governance-Tug-of-War-between-Financial-Pros-and-IT-StaffConsider the time and effort involved in the ‘old world’ of business intelligence data preparation! How on earth did we ever get anything done? Armies of data analysts and IT staff slaving over data, compiling, analyzing, graphing, charting, taking requests from managers and users and engaging in an endless exchange and

Self-Serve Data Prep Puts Users on the Same Page

self-serve data-prep Self-Serve is all the buzz! Whether you are checking yourself out at a grocery store, ordering your pizza in advance, reserving a seat in a restaurant, driving your car through the car wash or checking out at the hardware store, you just want to do it and get it done! Time is of the essence and usually you are the best person to decide what you need and when you need it. Am I right?
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Who is in Charge? You or Your Users?

ux-design-feb-blog I remember the good old days when IT consultants and in-house IT staff decided how users would interact with data, what software would look like and user needs and wants took a back seat to the dictates of technical experts. User manuals were written in technical jargon and training was long and ineffective. If you think this world is still a reality, you (and your business) are probably struggling to succeed in the online world.
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Social Business Intelligence: The Next Big Thing!

Social Business IntelligenceSocial networks and social media are ubiquitous! Every aspect of modern life (personal and business) involves sharing and social interaction, whether one is broadcasting information about a recent family event, posting a picture, asking opinions at work or promoting a new product or event.In the old days, team members and employees shared and discussed information at the water cooler or in the cafeteria.
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Visualize Business Success with Smart Data Visualization

Visualize Business Success with Smart Data VisualizationCan your eyes be smart? This might seem like a silly question. After all, your eyes don’t have their own intelligence. They depend on your brain to untangle and figure out the solution to a problem and to translate what the eye takes in and make it something you can understand. The ‘ah hah’ moment doesn’t come from the eyes. It comes from the brain, right?

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Software Re-Engineering Will Make You a Hero!

Software-Reengineering-EBA-Blog Your business has spent a long time building its technology infrastructure. Legacy systems, best-of-breed software, mobile apps, ERP, HR, CRM and lots of other alphabet-based applications to serve the needs of team members, departments, senior management and even the technology staff. But things change. Business users, customers and partners have new expectations and needs and the prospect of buying or creating

Social Networking and Business Intelligence. YES! It is Important!

Let’s talk about the application of social media and social networking within the Business Intelligence environment. This might seem like an odd concept but give it some thought. Every consumer and business user is now used to the idea that they can share, rate, discuss and learn from others. This idea has become an expectation and it could and should apply to Business Intelligence and to your business users as well!
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