Success in business depends on good observation skills and being aware of what’s going on around you. Changes in the economy, your industry, with you competitors or within your own company can happen quickly and you need to be agile and able to respond quickly.
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After the last time we chatted, I got a bit of a hard time from my co-workers regarding my announcement that pin cushions and needles excite me. OK, so when I say it like that, the harmless jibes may have been well deserved. Of course, if you read my last article, you’ll know I wasn’t talking about real pin cushions. I was talking about the nasty bits of bad data one can find when you start looking around. You can catch a glimpse of the previous article here.
When building QlikView applications a great deal of time is often spent on data, data quality and data validation. An equal or greater amount of time should also be spent on the design and presentation of your application. After all, what good is all that data if the users don’t know how to interpret it or have problems navigating through it? Data and design must work together to form a user friendly, easy to use, accurate and consistent set of documents, sheets and objects.
How often do you find yourself looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack when trying to solve a problem? What if when looking for that needle, you find that there’s a veritable pin cushion of needles buried deep within that haystack that you’re at risk of pricking yourself on? Does this notion excite you? If not, then should it?
I recently participated in a webinar on dashboard design. A dashboard is a self-updating platform that reports metrics that allow you to track your business at a glance. One of the things that struck me was the difference between what users want in a dashboard and what proper dashboard design entails. Users typically want and feel that everything including the kitchen sink should be on the dashboard. Everything is important! But sometimes everything leads to a dashboard that is confusing, overwhelming and therefore unusable.
Are you frustrated with IT not being responsive to your requests for data and reports? Is this stopping you from making important decisions? Is your business suffering as a result?
There's a solution and it's called Self-Service Analysis.
I don’t know about your organization, but just about every company I talk to is struggling with reduced budgets, increased workload and higher demands.