16: BI Awareness and Adoption Tactics that Work with Lestor Meadows of Kimberly-Clark

Discover how to create a self-sustaining BI Awareness and Adoption program for your organization

Welcome to another exciting episode of Analytics on Fire! This week’s topic comes from one of our customers, Kimberly-Clark. Lestor Meadows, Senior Manager of Global BI Delivery for Kimberly-Clark’s Enterprise Data Management and Analytics team, discusses how he took his highly successful Awareness and Adoption program from being a regional to a global phenomenon within […]

15: Why the Key to a Data-Driven Culture is Community with Shawn Rogers

Discover to key to gaining more value from big data, BI & analytics

This week on Analytics on Fire, I sat down with the godfather of BI Communities and Chief Research Officer of Dell, Shawn Rogers, to discuss a topic that is becoming critical to driving a data-driven culture, your community. Shawn gives us a clear view on what it takes to drive a data-driven culture, as well as how to convince a […]

Ep #14: The Four Step Path to Success with GIS and Analytics with Matt Sheehan

Discover how to apply GIS solutions to solve your data problems

This week on Analytics on Fire, I was away on vacation, but Ryan had an exciting one-on-one with Matt Sheehan, a pioneer in the location intelligence community. Join us as Matt breaks down how GIS (Geographic Information System) is becoming a sought after solution across a range of industries looking to make better decisions for strategic growth. Matt […]

Ep #13: 3 Steps to Mapify Your KPI’s with Ryan Goodman of CMaps Analytics

Learn how to build a map solution that highlights what is important in an elegant and simple process.

This week on Analytics on Fire, our very special guest is none other than our very own Ryan Goodman. Ryan is the CEO of CMaps Analytics (formerly Centigon Solutions), co-founder of Analytics on Fire and the resident maps guy. He has spent over 12 years designing analytics business apps and harnesses all of that experience […]

Ep #12: Collective Insights: Take your Collaborative BI to the next level with Howard Dresner

Discover how to take your collaborative BI to the next level and skyrocket your user adoption!

This week, we have a special treat for you! On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exclusive interview with the man who coined the term “Business Intelligence” in 1989 – Howard Dresner. Today’s topic is not only special and insightful, but it is also extremely new. Howard just recently coined another term […]

Ep #11: 5 Common Big Data Myths that Most BI People Believe, Debunked with Andrew Brust of Datameer

Join ZDNet's very own Big Data Evangelist as he uncovers five common Big Data Myths

You’ve probably heard a few things about BI and Big Data that everyone swears by. Well, some are true, and SOME are simply myths. This week on Analytics on Fire, we have an exciting interview with Andrew Brust (my personal Big Data go-to mentor), a 15-year Big Data veteran who not only is a Senior […]

Ep #10: What Does it take to Survive in the New BI World w/ Greg Davey of gdBI

Discover how one 25-year BI veteran was able to completely evolve his BI implementation approach

Many of you have probably have seen or heard these eight most dangerous words  in business: “Because we have always done it that way.” In order to survive in today’s competitive environment, we must always be open to new ideas, and today’s guest did just that. This week on the Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring […]

Ep #9: A Customer Reacts to Gartner BI Magic Quadrant Saga with David Dadoun of Aldo Group

Listen to this candid customer interview about the BI MQ that shook the BI world

On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we discuss a very hot topic in social media – The Gartner BI Magic Quadrant. We reached out to our good friend David Dadoun at the Aldo Group to get a customer perspective of the ongoing saga. His experience and current use of multiple BI platforms gave us […]

YASS, it’s Microsoft PASS Business Analytics Conference 2016 Time!

Excel has a billion users, we can all learn from all of them

It’s that time of year again! I’m getting ready to head back to San Jose, CA, for the Microsoft PASS Business Analytics Conference 2016 on May 2 – 4th, 2016. I can’t wait to rub shoulders again with some of Microsoft’s brightest, and finest Excel users. 🙂 I had a fantastic time keynoting this event last […]

Ep #8: How Johns Hopkins IT Embraced BI Disruption and Loved IT with Geof Corb

Learn how to manage BI disruption of tools, to your advantage

This week on Analytics on Fire, we’re back again with another incredible interview; this time with the Deputy CIO of Johns Hopkins University, Geof Corb, on how he and his team learned to embrace BI (business intelligence) disruption and love it. Geof has been in IT for 17 years and now manages an IT team […]

Ep #7: Case Study: How One Team’s Big Data Investment Paid Off

How Naveen Narra of TE Connectivity is driving analytics success by focusing on user adoption

Today’s episode of Analytics of Fire is an incredible case study with the Senior Manager for Business Analytics and Big Data Solutions for TE Connectivity (previously Tyco Electronics), Naveen Narra, on how their company’s Big Data investment paid off in a big way. If you’re in the process of elevating your organization’s BI, this episode is […]

Ep #6: How to Revive Any Business Intelligence Competency Center Using the Proven Federated Approach with Wayne Eckerson

Discover how to create a BI Center of Excellence that actually works.

On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we take a break from interviewing business intelligence leaders from large companies and focus on the BI Competency Center (BICC). Our today’s guest subject matter expert is Wayne Eckerson from the Eckerson Group. Wayne has been a thought leader in the BI space for over 20 years. He’s […]

Ep #5: How to Build a Successful BI COE: Lessons from CISCO’s Data Visualization Community Leaders

Learn how to use enterprise social media tools to support your BI Center of Excellence

Today, we’re excited to welcome the dynamic duo from Cisco, Kevin Taylor and Gregory Lewandowski, to discuss the topic of data visualization communities. Kevin spent 15 years working with business intelligence and now specializes in most of the major Enterprise BI tools and packages. Gregory has worked for Cisco for 15 years, and he is […]

EP #4: Why BI Teams Must Learn to Love Excel to Survive with Mayank Misra of Pfizer

Discover why using business activation philosophy is more important than user adoption

Today’s guest is near and dear to my heart. He was my manager at Pfizer during my old Business Objects consulting days. Mayank Misra was the former Head of the Global Business Intelligence Strategy and the Center of Excellence for Pfizer. Pfizer is a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company commonly known as the maker of Viagra. On […]

Why BI team must learn to love Excel

The Ultimate KPI Guide: Access 25,000 KPIs across 350 industries

3 Sites Anyone using KPIs should bookmark

Struggling to find the right KPIs? You are not alone. KPIs (key performance indicators) measure the effectiveness of a company’s strategies. Certain indicators may determine the performance of metrics such as a campaign’s profitability, the percentage of customers who are satisfied or changes in the marketplace. Having the right KPIs is critical to gain real value from […]

EP #3: How to go from zero to 4 dashboards in 5 months with Matty Grygorcewicz of SA PowerNetworks

Learn the secrets to become a BI rock star and speaker!

On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we’re excited to be talking to one of our top students from our BI Dashboard Formula training program. Matthew (Matty) Grygorcewicz is a Senior Business Intelligence (BI) professional with 15+ years’ IT experience. He has worked for a number of large global companies. He is currently a Senior Business […]

Ep #2: How to Sell Your BI Solution to the Business with Ross Wilson of McKesson

Learn the mindset of a Fortune 20 company Exec and his team who turned BI failure into success

Are you struggling to win over the business with your BI solution? You’re at the right place! Our special guest today is BI leader and veteran expert Ross Wilson. Ross has been working with SAP for about 20 years and started with BI back in 2001. Over the course of his career, he has worked […]

Ep #1: The Truthful and Functional Art – How to Visualize your Data with Alberto Cairo

Learn Alberto's secrets to help you think more visually

On our very first Analytics on Fire interview, we’re excited to be speaking to one of the top experts in the data visualization field, Alberto Cairo. Alberto is the Knight Chair at the University of Miami and the author of one of the most impactful books to date in the data visualization field, The Functional […]

Ep #00: Welcome to Analytics on Fire Podcast

Meet your co-hosts and find out what's they have planned for you!

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Analytics on Fire podcast, the only show that interviews real customers and leaders from companies like Royal Dutch Shell, Kimberly-Clark, Ericsson, Nestlé, Pfizer, and Cisco. This show will bring you some of the best stories from the analytics and business intelligence world to motivate and inspire you along your analytics […]

What to Expect from Analytics on Fire in 2016

Time to change the Enterprise Analytics game

Happy New Year analytics tweeps! As we wrap up the first month of 2016, we know many of our loyal fans from our (previous) Everything Xcelsius community have been waiting for us to set the BI/Analytics space on fire again. Talk about pressure. Below is our ‘mission statement’ for the AoF (Analytics on Fire) community. […]

Top 5 Things that made 2015 Awesome (AoF Edition)

Out with the old, in with the new

As I write this blog two weeks into the new year, I continue to wonder where 2015 went. Though we had to push a few significant announcements to 2016, below are five things that happened in 2015 that made it awesome! 1. We killed EverythingXcelsius.com… and moved on! Well technically the site is still up, […]

Top 5 Things that Made 2015 Awesome

Is the SAP #DataGenius Webinar Series worth attending?

In-depth analysis of the who and what to help you make an informed decision

SAP’s recent move to bring some of the best minds in the data visualization industry to teach via a series of webinars is brilliant, but without proper execution can pose some challenges. First the good, and then we’ll address three issues with their approach. Disclaimer: Though we are closely associated with the SAP Analytics team, […]

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How to Identify and Eliminate useless KPIs by following these five Simple Steps

Tired of actionless KPIs? Here is your answer.

KPI overload. Most enterprises suffer from it, but very few know how to overcome it. While some BI analysts recommend that a single report or dashboard should have no more than fourteen KPIs, most managers struggle to keep their KPI count below fifty. It’s no wonder that business intelligence projects are often perceived as having […]

Mico Yuk is excited to be presenting a Free, Exclusive TDWI sponsored workshop on ‘Five Steps to Make your KPIs Actionable’ in Los Angeles on Sept 2nd. Hope you can join us! RSVP required.

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Date: September 2, 2015
Time: 01:00 - 05:00 pm
Event: Exclusive TDWI Los Angeles Chapter Event (free)
Topic: Learn 5 Easy Steps to make any KPI more 'Actionable'
Sponsor: TDWI, SAP, Tableau, Dell, Claraview, Cloudera, Microstrategy
Venue: SLS Hotel
310-247-0400
Location: 465 La Cienega Blvd
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Top 5 WebSites to Bookmark To Be a Better Big Data Visualization Expert

Visualizing Big Data doesn't have to be hard, these sites can help

It’s no secret that all across the web, people are generating billions of gigabytes of data per day. This huge amount of information termed “Big Data,” is impossible to keep track of without first organizing it into an easily digestible format. Turning Big Data into Understandable Visuals Data visualization can help you to pare down […]

5 Things you Should Know before Reading ‘Data Visualization for Dummies’

Time Saving Tips and Download Links

Back in January of 2014, with the help of my publisher Wiley, and my amazing co-author Stephanie Diamond, I was able to publish my first (and hopefully not last) ever book! I admit that this was one of the most excruciating professional experiences in my life. Not only was I not prepared, but I ignored […]