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We often get asked what the return on investment will be by undertaking a business intelligence (BI) project.  Depending on the circumstances a hard ROI number can be calculated for the project before we begin.  More often it is not...


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Clock

Have you ever stopped to think how much time you spend over the day trying to gather the information you need to make a decision? It would likely scare you if you began tracking it and thought about how ineffective this time is.

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Sales, Business Intelligence, Excel

Car in motion

Wouldn’t you like to increase the performance of your organization?  You likely realize that there are areas for improvement in your processes and/or people that would lead to better performance.  But do you really know how to achieve it...


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Delta P4, Performance, KPIs, metrics

Man procrastinating looking at clock

We are now in February and it’s about time that all of those great intentions and New Year’s resolutions start to slip and we drift back to our old habits.  I count myself among the guilty.

However, if you resolved to get a better...


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Analytics, Data, Qlik, Fight Procrastination

We hear this so many times, “I know I need analytics and better reporting but I don’t know where to start”.  People feel overwhelmed with the task of either implementing analytics or improving what they have.  This being the...


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Business Intelligence, Analytics, Projects

Strategy Diagram

I always find it interesting that as a company we go through planning processes each year but then fail to support...


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Dashboards, Planning, Strategy, Strategic Plan, metrics

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Most companies collect mountains of data, with some not even realizing how much they really have.  The challenge for most is to turn this valuable asset...


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competitive advantage, Data, Qlik, Qlik Sense, Natural Analytics

In my previous posts I made a case for custom KPIs so let me also state that Industry KPIs shouldn’t be completely ignored.  Let me illustrate through a story from my past.

At the time I was working for an insurance company and one of the industry performance indicators that was used by the industry as a benchmark was called “Expense Ratio”.  At the time, our company didn’t focus on...


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KPI, Key Performance Indicators, Benchmarkets, Insurance, Business Intelligence

Creating your own KPIs and performance indicators also means being careful in considering the types of behaviour you are going to create with the indicator.  As the saying goes, you achieve what you measure.  The act of measuring something means that we are placing focus on it and as a result we are pulled towards achieving it.  It can be easy to put in a performance indicator thinking it will...


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KPI, Performance Indicators

In order to create custom Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and their supporting indicators you have to plan on where you want to take your organization.  You need to look at where you have been, what your strategic objectives are and how you measure success of those objectives.   AND you have to have a clear understanding of the milestones that you must achieve on the way to those successes....


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Business Intelligence, Analytics, Key Performance Indicators, KPI, metrics, Strategic Objectives

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