Take the Test: How Observant Are You?

Oct 8, 2014

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. 

Fancy you have good observation skills? Take the test below and find out how you measure up.

How’d you do? Did you pass? If you're like most of us, probably not.

5 Tips To Help You Achieve a Consistent BI Application Design

Aug 19, 2014

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.

Is Your Data Driving You Mad?

Jul 29, 2014

We all know that data is no longer an option when it comes to running an organization. However, understanding and gaining value from your information is a feat in itself – one that many organizations are struggling with.

Many people feel a bit like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – having fallen into another world where nothing makes sense.

But the world of data is one all businesses must be prepared to enter.

What Type of Decision-Maker are You?

May 6, 2014

You’re probably hearing a lot about data these days – big data, little data, BI, business analytics. There’s a huge interest in the vast amount of data available to organizations – both from within and outside.

And this interest is for good reason.

Data-driven organizations (and on a smaller scale, departments and managers) are shown to have distinct advantages. They craft better strategies, uncover new markets, have superior customer relations and keep operational costs low.

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Self-Service BI

Apr 14, 2014

Do you currently have people in your IT department whose main function is just to query and write reports for your employees?

You have probably been hearing a lot of buzz lately about agile BI or self-service BI which allows your average information worker to explore your data themselves, ask questions and gain insight without the help of IT.

Perhaps you are even starting to wonder if you should be considering self-service BI for your organization, like many others are right now.

How Self-Service BI Empowers Workers with More Control and Faster Access

Apr 1, 2014

There is an increasing awareness in today’s economic environment of the power of data analytics.

With business needs shifting every day, organizations must remain agile and maintain the ability to make smarter, faster decisions. Because of this, business intelligence is becoming more important than ever.

The most successful organizations understand that one of their most valuable assets is their data; it is what gives them their competitive edge and allows them to discover new business opportunities.

7 Reasons Why Excel is No Longer Good Enough

Mar 24, 2014

It’s inexpensive, easy to learn, easy to use and on practically every employee’s PC in the world.

People can use it for everything from simple charts and reports to querying remote databases, generating complex models and planning scenarios to even creating complex budgets, forecasts and operational reports.

For $200 a pop, Excel seems like a dream tool for organizations. And many treat it that way – running large areas of their organizations on a tool that first came out almost three decades ago.

Top 10 Business Priorities and Where Business Intelligence Fits In

Mar 11, 2014

Last year Gartner completed a survey of global CIO’s that now represents the world’s most comprehensive examination of business priorities and CIO strategies. The report highlighting the findings of the survey was called “Hunting and Harvesting in a Digital World: The 2013 CIO Agenda.”

Upon review of the results of the survey, there were some interesting differences when it comes to the importance of business goals and IT strategies, including business intelligence.

These were the top 10 business priorities as seen by CIO’s:

3 Ways to Not Waste Money on Data

Feb 25, 2014

It’s clear that data is the way of the future. If you’re looking to grow and prosper, evidence-based decision-making is going to play in integral role in your business.

So if you’re like many organizations, you’ve invested in data – databases, systems, analysts, etc. Sometimes it may even be hard to see that investment at times. It may not be showing up on your expenses like your computers and office furniture, but if you have data in your organization right now, time and effort have gone in to getting it.

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