Let's Talk About BI Data Democracy

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When business intelligence vendors talk about democratizing data discovery, they can have very different interpretations about 'democracy'. If a business intends to provide self-serve BI tools to its employees for daily use and data discovery, it must provide true data democratization. The business user cannot be limited to viewing static dashboards developed by dashboard developers with only the most basic drill down and filtering capabilities. Business users must be empowered by true data democratization and self-serve BI tools, which, in many cases, is the original intent of a BI solution implementation. Sadly, many businesses never achieve their original goals, but rather end up with 'packaged dashboards', because they are hamstrung by desktop-based data discovery BI tools that require design control and intervention by dashboard developers and limit business users to packaged views and tasks.
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BI Tools for SMEs? Not Just Maybe, But DEFINITELY

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Small and medium sized organizations often give up on the idea of business intelligence and corporate performance management, because they believe that the BI tools and solutions are too expensive and complex to implement and that their organizational structure and processes is simple enough to manage without these types of tools.
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True Self-Serve BI Treats Employees Like Customers

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There has been a lot of talk about data democratization and self-serve business intelligence (BI). There are many reasons why BI vendors and customers are interested in self-serve BI tools. For BI customers, the need to involve all team members in driving business results is a no-brainer. For BI vendors, the need to satisfy customer demands is also a no-brainer. So, why does it seem to be taking so long to get to achieve true BI self-service?
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Self-Service Business Intelligence for the Small and Medium Sized Business

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The concept of 'self serve' and 'personalization' is, I believe, an offshoot of the current state of technology, ease of access and ease-of-use. People are used to having information at their fingertips in a way that is meaningful to them, and serves their needs. Technology users are no longer willing to sacrifice personal requirements or accept a behemoth solution that suits 10% of their needs. As employees, these consumers and individuals bring a similar focus to their use of technology. They are used to having information at their fingertips in every aspect of their lives and they are not willing to give that up when they step into the confines of an office or go on the road to meet with a customer. If you want to hold your employees accountable and help them contribute to business success, you have to give them the tools they need to understand what is working in their day-to-day business environment, where there are problems, what has to be changed, how their team members are doing in making progress toward goals, and how possible changes in pricing, resources, inventory or other factors might affect the business.
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The Provocative Possibilities of Combining Business Intelligence and Social Media

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The popularity of social media is a topic that is often discussed around conference room tables in small, medium and large businesses. Every manager and business executive understands that they have to leverage social media to market to prospects, and to keep customers engaged, yet these same managers and executives find it difficult to objectively measure the success of these programs.As with any business program or project, if one cannot illustrate the need for, and success of, a proposed program, it is unlikely that the management team will approve that program. Is your business willing to spend time and resources on social media based solely on the fact that your competitors use this tool? If not, it is critical to find a way to measure the success of an internet marketing campaign and determine whether the social media marketing, pay-per-click and search engine optimization efforts are providing the success your business requires to justify these efforts. Moreover, if these programs are not achieving the results your business needs, you must correct or change your approach in order to achieve the ROI your business needs.
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Skilled BI Services Can Help You Navigate the Rough Waters of Data Overload

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When was the last time you came up for air? If you can't find, compile and analyze the data you need to make good business decisions, you probably feel like your brain is starved for oxygen and you are drowning in the rocky seas of data overload. That's how I used to feel – until my BI IT consultant threw me a life preserver and pulled me to safety! If your business is like mine, you probably struggle to get accurate business information, and present it in a way that enables decision making and strategic and tactical planning. If you are going to succeed in business, you have to have a comprehensive reporting and planning process and that process has to spread across the organization and cascade down to every team member.
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